Lodi News-Sentinel



Alvin Otto Kooyman was born in Fresno, CA on February 19, 1927 to John and Bertha Kooyman. He was the seventh of nine children. While in 8th grade on the steps of St. Anne’s School, he met the love of his life, Mary Jean. They would go on to date all throughout high school and eventually marry on June 22, 1947. They would move out to the Kooyman Bros. Dairy and reside there until moving to downtown Lodi. Before getting married, Al went on to serve our country and was assigned to destroyer U.S.S. LA Fonsetta until his honorable discharge in 1946, where he learned a lot about life and sacrifice. Al and Mary Jean would move into Lodi to Locust Ave in 1956 where many memories were made. Many friends and family would mention how they loved stopping by and Al and Mary Jean happily entertaine­d anyone and everyone who would stop by for many years to come. Al enjoyed playing golf at Woodbridge Golf and Country Club, being a member of the Elks Lodge, a member of the Oddfellows, and a devout Catholic of the St. Anne’s Church.

Al loved to spend time with his 5 brothers working and as part owner of Kooyman Bros. Dairy, attending and watching many sporting events including football, baseball, and basketball, and raising a family with Mary Jean. They would vacation every summer with their kids and friends in the Santa Cruz area, going to the beach and boardwalk often.

Living in Lodi for many years, Al loved each and every one of his neighbors in his neighborho­od and treated them like family. His door was always open to anyone and everyone, at any time of the day. Having company over is one of his fondest memories and will always be cherished.

To know Al is to love Al; his sense of humor, lightheart­edness, and witty personalit­y is something that will never be forgotten. He was a devoted husband, father, papa, and popi.

He is survived by his four kids, Kerry Gaines (Bill), Robi Hoellwarth (Raylan), Tim Kooyman (Patty), and Kelley Luiz (Mickey); 10 grandchild­ren and 21 great-grandchild­ren.

He is preceded in death with his wife Mary Jean, parents John and Bertha Kooyman, brothers John, Tom, Bill, Ronald (Gongie) and Bernard (Barney) Kooyman, sisters Mary Ekas, Cornelia Foster, and Frances Massip.

The family would like to thank his loving caregiver Catherine Coleman of the Loel Center.

Please sign the guest book at www.lodinews.com/ guestbook.

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