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Bill (William) J. Van der Merwe: 1932–2019


Last updated 7/2/2019 at Noon

Bill J. Van der Merwe died on June 17, 2019, and is survived by daughters Avril, Desiree, and Jo-Anne Van der Merwe, and Joy Van Gend; son-in-law Johannes Van Gend; grandchildren Kirstin Van Gend, and Justin and Melanie Van Gend; and niece Beverley Van der Merwe, as well as a niece and nephews in South Africa.

Born on May 12, 1932, in South Africa, Bill was the second youngest of four. From the age of seven he was raised by a single mother who worked in a bomb factory throughout WWII to support her family.

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