Fred B. Van Der Werf, 87, died Nov. 9, 2007.
He was born in Chicago, and worked in a florist business started by his father and his brother, Jerry. He was a World War II veteran. In 1949, he married his beloved Eileen (Kennedy), and they were inseparable companions for the rest of his life.
Both were incurable travelers. As their family grew, Fred converted a Greyhound bus into a traveling family home. Nothing made them happier than to be on the road, not sure of what adventure was around the next corner. They were rootless in life, too. After being married in Chicago, they lived in Wisconsin, Phoenix, Ariz. and Washington state. They lived their last seven years in Payson, Ariz.
He is survived by Eileen, his wife of 58 years, his children, Mark (Debra), Margaret (Evan), Michael (Sandy), Maureen (Peter), Matthew, Madonna (Andy), Martin (Eun) and Monica; and 22 grandchildren. His eldest daughter, Marianne, died in 1996.
Donations may be made to Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 511 S. St. Phillips St., Payson, Ariz., 85541.
Messinger Payson Funeral Home in Payson, Ariz., handled the arrangements. A private service has been held.