ZUIDEMA, Hendrik Jan (Hank)

Born on August 17, 1959. Passed away September 11, 2021.

Born August 17, 1959, Died September 11, 2021 Passed away aged 62.
Loving husband to Carol for 41 years.
Loving father to Alisha & Craig, Dylan & Jenna, Ashley & Lucy.
Adored Pa to Aleka, Cooper, Aiden, Nikita, Tarkyn, Mikealia & Maverick.
Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints”

Order of Service

Funeral Notice
A Thanksgiving Service to Celebrate the Life of Mr Hendrik Jan (Hank) Zuidema will be held on FRIDAY, September 17 2021 commencing at 3.00pm. Due to current restrictions this Service will be private, invitation by family only. This Service will be livestreamed for all to view.  To watch,   CLICK HERE 
  1. I’m still getting over the shock of your passing Hank. You were such a nice guy, full of fun and laughter. At least you are in a better place now with no more suffering and one day we will all meet again. My deepest sympathy to your family. May the Lord comfort them at this time. Alex.

    Alex Koster September 13, 2021
  2. Sympathy to Carol and family.It wasn’t that long ago we welcomed you to our street , we will miss your big smile and big waves as you passed us by Dave and Helen .

    David Brereton September 13, 2021
  3. Our sincere condolences go out to Carole and family on the very sudden death of Hank, a friend and a wonderful brother in Christ. He will be sadly missed.

    Joe and Carmel Chessari September 13, 2021
  4. A wonderful man to all that knew him. A wicked sense of humour that bought joy to many people’s lives and the biggest heart where nothing was too much trouble and he would give his all for anyone. Always there to support and uplift the weak and the strong. A beautiful soul at home with God. Love & miss you mate.

    Deb McGill September 14, 2021
  5. What a wonderful Godly and family man was Hank. He was a huge part in our lives and will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him. Lots of love to all the family on this day and we rejoice that we know Hank is with Jesus and we will see him again.

    Wayne Family September 14, 2021
  6. My love and sympathy to Carol and family for the tragic loss of Hank. He has left a huge gap in our hearts, our Church family and our community.
    Your cheekiness, teasing, laughter, generosity and care, but mostly your practical Christianity and witness for Jesus will be sorely missed.
    Love you Hank, til we meet again in the presence of our Lord.

    Jennifer Geri September 14, 2021
  7. Our condolences to Carol and the rest of the Zuidema family. We pray that the Lord will be your strength at this sad time.
    Arnold and Lieda Brooks, Hamilton, New Zealand

    Lieda Brooks September 14, 2021
  8. Dear Carol and families, we were so very saddened to hear of Hank’s passing. He was such a good friend and we will never forget the many times we spent together. “So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith and not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:6-8).
    With Love Wolfgang and Dianne

    Wolfgang and Dianne Sue September 14, 2021
  9. Our sincere condolences to Carol and family. Hank will be dearly missed by many. A kind, respected, hard working family man, with a big smile and a great sense of humour. Our thoughts are with you.
    Scott, Clare, Angus & Charlie.

    The Grays September 14, 2021
  10. Our sincere sympathy, prayers and love to Carol and family. We will miss our catch-ups and laughs together. Rest peacefully Hank.
    Ron and Jeanie Funnell. 💐💐💐

    Jeanie Funnell September 14, 2021
  11. We had the pleasure and priveledge of having Hank work with us this year on the farm, milking with us right up to this week. He brought so much fun and great conversation every day. A huge guy with a huge heart that loved his family and friends and absolutely adored Carol. Hank’s knowledge , hard work attitude and friendship will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace Hank.
    From Phil and Tamara Symington

    Tamara Symington September 14, 2021
  12. Dear Carol and family. Our sincere condolences on the passing of our dear friend Henk. We are so thankful to God for all the wonderful memories that we have been able to share over the past 40 years! We will miss him dearly but know he is now with our Lord. Safe in the arms of Jesus. Psalm 27: 1.

    John and Chris Dehaan.. September 14, 2021
  13. We were so very saddened to hear the news of Hanks sudden passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carol and the family in this extremely difficult time. May God strengthen you at this time as you face the future without your loved one by your side. May you find comfort in the knowledge that Hank is now safe in the arms of Jesus🙏🏻
    Ray and Jenny Collins

    Jenny Collins September 14, 2021
  14. Our deepest condolences to Carol and family with the passing of Hank.

    Much loved brother of Bertha and Lenn (dec) Giliam. Uncle to Gav and Nat, Tim, Leah and Andy, Fi and
    Josh and their families.

    So many wonderful memories of holidays together
    and family times shared. Such a generous heart and great sense of humour.

    We will miss him dearly.

    Now at home with his Lord and Saviour.

    With all our love

    Bertha and Family

    Bertha Giliam September 14, 2021
  15. So shocked and sad to hear of Hanks passing. A really nice bloke full of life, with a big voice, a big smile and a big heart. Our heart felt condolences to Carole and the whole Zuidema family.

    Fabio. Leah, Tomei, Kelsey and Rem Dal Pozzo September 14, 2021
  16. Our sincere sympathy and condolences to Carol and family at this sad time.

    Lindsay and Robyn Powney September 14, 2021
  17. Dear Carol and family, Thinking of you all and sending our sincere sympathy. We have only known Hank since you both joined our fellowship while still liviing up North road on the farm. We will miss his cheeky,happy welcome to fellowship on Sundays and other happenings. He loved Jesus and he and Carol loved to give hospitality and help to all and this impacted and encouraged everyone they came in contact with! We look forward to the time we will meet again.
    Judy and Harold.

    Judith Ball September 15, 2021
  18. Although it has been some time since we had regular contact with Henk and Carol and family we have such fond and special memories of the years in South Gippsland when we shared so much of our life journey with them from 1986 into the 2000s. Henk will always have a special place in our hearts. He was a Godly man of immense integrity, big-hearted and couldn’t do enough to help or encourage but also with a great sense of humour. Henk and Carol were a team in every aspect of life and Henk with Carol have blessed so many people. Henk also wasn’t afraid to challenge others to think matters of faith through and take a biblical stand. Now in glory. Carol and family – our hearts are breaking for you all as you walk through the valley of the shadow of death. May the Lord give you His peace, strength and comfort. We thank the lord for the privilege of knowing you.
    Mim and Martin and family

    Martin and Miriam Oliver September 15, 2021
  19. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carol and family at this time. Hank was a friendly kind hearted man and we will sadly miss his words of farming wisdom.
    Dave and Sharon White.

    Dave White September 15, 2021
  20. Our love and Deepest Sympathy goes out to Carol, Alisha, Dylan, Ashley and their families on the loss of our dear friend Hank. Always cheeky, always the stirrer but always showing love to others. Hank never left you guessing what He meant, a straight talker who loved His Lord and wanted others to know him too. May God’s Holy Spirit comfort you all as you go through this saddest of times, but confident of Hank being in a better place.

    Lyn and Tony Eden September 15, 2021
  21. Words cannot express how saddened and shocked to have to say goodbye to one of the best. Have known you for literally a lifetime and am going to miss you for the rest of a lifetime. Enjoy heaven until we meet again my friend. Love and sympathy to my beautiful friend Carol, to Alisha & Craig, Dylan & Jenna, Ashley & Lucy and children, and to the Zuidema families. All my love Wendy.

    Wendy Nyhuis September 15, 2021
  22. We are so shocked and saddened to hear of Hank’s passing, too young, too soon. Our heartfelt condolences go to Carol and family in this most difficult time. We first met Hank on the North Rd, when he wound down the car window and greeted us with a big broad welcoming smile, a glint in his eye, and asked us how we “the city slickers” were going. So began a wonderful and lasting friendship with Hank and Carol, that we are truly grateful for. We will miss you Hank, that big warm and helpful heart of yours, along with your mischievous and funny banter. In our hearts.

    Chris and Jenny Wilson September 15, 2021
  23. My sincere condolences to Carol and family. I will miss the banter with Hank, the discussions about our Lord and the times of fellowship. Grief is a direct reflection of how much we love, although you are home with the Lord, I will grieve for you big fella, you will be missed

    Rob Nyhuis September 15, 2021
  24. Together with Carol, Alisha, Dylan and Ashley we thank our precious Lord and Saviour for a life well-lived, a friendly and joyful example of true Christan character who encouraged and inspired those who knew him to a deeper walk with Jesus. Like so many others we too were blessed by his willingness to help, in our case as annoying pretend farmer neighbours. May your earthly grief and loss be overshadowed by God’s peace like a river at this graduation. We too look forward to the Great Reunion with our loved ones who have gone before.

    Otto and Annemarie Ippel September 16, 2021
  25. Sincere condolences to Carol and family on the sudden passing of Henk. Our thoughts are with you during this sad time. We have all enjoyed having fun chats with Henk over the years and we shall miss his smiling face. Kind Regards and Best Wishes from David, Susan and all at Panthers.

    David Panther September 16, 2021
  26. Hank, we will miss you so much. We could say so many things but I think Miriam summed it up when I told her the sad news and she said “that’s so sad, Hank was the best”. Hank you were the best! You gave the best hugs, you teased us the best, you made us laugh the best and when needed you were the kindest “the best”. Our deepest sympathies to all of the family, especially Carole, all our love.

    Claire and Shane Harris September 16, 2021
  27. So sorry for your loss of Hank. Carol and family you have our prayers and thoughts at this time. Cobie and Peter Morris.

    Cobie and Peter Morris September 16, 2021
  28. Our sincere condolences and sympathy Carol and family. John & Agnes Veldhuizen

    Agnes Veldhuizen September 17, 2021
  29. So hard to come to terms with Hanks sudden death . Thanks for the many years of friendship and memories. From early days when Hank worked with us ,young couples fellowship, numerous family farm days and the many coffee and cake chats.
    Strong in Faith and full of fun ! Loved dearly and missed much.
    Surrounding Carol and the family with our love and prayers.
    ‘Underneath are his everlasting arms ‘ Deut33;27
    Harry and Ingrid Smit

    Ingrid Smit September 17, 2021
  30. Dear Carol,
    I’m truly sorry for the loss of your husband Hank. May our Lord give you strength in this difficult time.
    Love Maria Rademaker

    Maria Rademaker September 17, 2021
  31. I’m shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Hank, in the short time that I knew him he was a happy, funny and down to earth man. My sincere condolences to you Carol and your family
    Much love Janice Laird and Katherine

    Janice Laird September 17, 2021
  32. Dear Carol and family please accept our deepest condolences at such a time that we didn’t see coming. Such a shock and there we were waiting for a good time to catch up again. We have very fond memories of you and Hank at Lawsons Rd dairy and paddocks and the many chats and fun times. Max remembers Hank so fondly and of the times he had to run him to school when he missed the bus again! Ross recalls whiling away the time chatting and laughing when they both should’ve been getting their cows in those sunny afternoons. I remember Hank as being so kind and funny and quietly going around on his motorbike and telling us we should just milk a small amount of cows haha! all our love at this time Diana Ross and Max xxx

    Diana Reardon September 17, 2021
  33. We only met a couple of times but I certainly appreciate the important role you played in the lives of Lucy and our shared grandson, Maverick.

    Condolences to the Zuidema family from the Butler family.

    Neil Butler September 17, 2021
  34. It is a beautiful gift to be able to make everybody feel like somebody, and Hank did just this! We will miss his witty comments that only he could get away with & we will miss watching him be the proudest Farmer Pa to his beautiful grand kids! 💛

    Sara and Jeremy September 17, 2021
  35. Dear Carol and family. We are praying that the God of all comfort will strengthen you all at this sad time. We look forward to catching up with Hank again in heaven.

    Peter & Sue Cronk September 17, 2021
  36. Such incredibly sad news for us. We only spend a brief moment with you in Leongatha but during this time you gained a big space in our hearts. You had a great sense of humor and a very generous heart. I am sure you are dancing with Jesus now.

    Mari Corona September 17, 2021
  37. We will all feel the loss of Hank for a long time. He was a man of strong character, unwavering faith and a great sense of humor. He will be deeply missed but we can share Hanks confidence that he is going to be with the Lord, something he was looking forward to. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carol and all the family as they try to move on without the giant of a man that was Hank. His mischievousness, his love of life and for all the people around him will leave a lasting memory to each who knew and loved him

    Dick and Judy Edwards September 17, 2021
  38. Our memories of fun-filled, life giving and deep times with Hank and Carol include incessant teasing, lots of laughter, deep and thoughtful questions always in good humour and with a caring love for family and others. Hank you fully lived out your faith and love for Jesus. We will really miss you. Carol – we hope to stay in close contact. Our love and prayers for you and the family.
    Beth and John

    Beth and John Allison September 17, 2021
  39. Hank, you were an amazing legend. A true blue champion, and wonderful example for all men and all believers.
    We’re going to miss you so much. The world will be a much quieter and more sombre place without you, but we know you are celebrating in heaven right now.
    We’ll all get there soon and we can have a great time for all eternity – and talk over all the good things that happened here.
    Carol and family, we love you and are praying for you as you grieve your loss.

    Peter and Diane Stevens September 17, 2021
  40. Carol, so sorry to hear of Hanks passing, but so glad we got to spend time with both of you over lunches. You are both amazing people. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    Randell & Leonie Green September 17, 2021
  41. Carol and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time after other sudden loss of Hank. I was so shocked to hear that news. He will be missed by so many. He always seemed so happy and full of life. I have often heard that God calls the best home and Hank was definitely one of the best. I always found him polite, friendly And helpful to all. I will always treasure those memories of him and his helpfulness and lovely nature and I know many others feel the same. God really has got the best by his side now. I would give you a hug Carol if l could, but can’t due to the current restrictions, but I am definitely holding you all in my thoughts. Sue.

    Sue Cashin September 17, 2021
  42. Sending our love to Carol and family

    Rachael & Peter Bowker September 17, 2021
  43. My condolences to Carol and family. His big smile and great sense of humour will be missed around Opas house. Sending love and hugs. Xx

    Ashlee van Rooy September 17, 2021
  44. It has been our joy and privilege to have known Hank. A man who truly love God and His people. Every time we met him, he reflected the joy of the Lord. Whatever he decided to do was done only for the glory of God. He was prepared and ready for his home call. He must have heard his Master and Lord say: “Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord”. It was obvious to us that he loved his family and the family of God. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. But, we will look forward to that day when we will all stand together around God’s throne and sing: :HOW GREAT THOU ART” But, until then, be assured of our love, prayer and support for you Carol and your family. Charles & Marj

    CHARLES & MARJ LAZARO September 17, 2021
  45. To Carol and family – we are still shocked and saddened to hear of Hank’s sudden passing. We sadly wont be able to meet up with you both for a caravan holiday. We hope fond memories will comfort you all at this difficult time. Much love Steve and Narelle from Sydney

    Narelle and Steve September 17, 2021
  46. Our sincere condolences to Carol, Alisha & Craig, Dylan & Jenna, Ashley & Lucy and Aleka, Cooper, Aiden, Nikita, Tarkyn, Mikealia & Maverick.

    May God surround you in his love. Hank as left a beautiful legacy for all of us to live up too with his honesty and passion for Jesus. He will be missed by all.

    Sending you all our love and prayers.

    Ron & Karen, Carlie and Kenzie Haasjes

    Ron & Karen Haasjes September 18, 2021
  47. Dear Carol Family Thank you so much for allowing us to see Hanks thanksgiving service on line Hank certainly had a special gift .his love for people being humble he was obviously what I call a cream puff hardener on the outside soft in the centre blessings specially. in the days ahead to you and your lovely family love Barbara Lawrie Grady xxx

    Barb &Lawrie Grady September 18, 2021
  48. Sending love and prayers to Carol and all the family.
    Taken much too soon, rest peacefully Hank ❤️

    Jason & Robyn Piasente and family

    Robyn Piasente September 19, 2021
  49. Hank was such a valuable part of our church family. Everyone having a special memory about him. His cheeky banter, his welcoming open heart and his deep conviction that we all are better off when we know Jesus and then living out his faith everyday no matter where. Larger than life, leaving a space we cant fill. Our heart and prayers are with Carol and the family. May you find comfort and strength in Jesus, the one who walks with us.
    Deuteronomy 31:8 the LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you..
    Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the Lord, He will renew their strength.

    Meeniyan Christian Fellowship September 23, 2021
  50. Dear Carol and families. Was so sad to hear that Hank had passed away. He was a great man to have had the pleasure of knowing. My sincerest condolences and sympathy to you all. God rest his soul. And God bless you all. From Mark Armistead

    Mark Armistead October 1, 2021
  51. Very sad to hear of Hanks passing. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Marg and Fran’s Heger

    Marg and Fran’s Heger October 17, 2021