Abraham VanOeveren (Center) and his children.
Kirk's great grandfather, Abraham VanOeveren was born 147 years ago today (20 June 1865) in Sint Philipsland, Zeeland, Netherlands to Abraham van Oeveren and Neeltje de Bruin. He came to the United States as a young boy and lived in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan the rest of his life.
He married Janna 'Jennie' Kosten on 23 July 1885, in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan. They were the parents of eight children; six who lived to adulthood (Ada, Nellie, Jeannie, Abraham, Jr. 'Bud', Lois, and Edward Russell 'Russ'.
Abraham VanOeveren died 22 October 1943 in Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan. He is buried at Fairplains Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan.