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Gerard Marinus Gijswijt, 59
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Gerard Marinus Gijswijt, 59, of McMinnville died Saturday, April 9, at his home after an extended illness.
He was born in Amsterdam, Holland (The Netherlands) on July 21, 1951, the son of the late Maria Johanna (Jansen) Gijswijt.
He is the husband of Linda (Keel) Gijswijt of McMinnville. He was a member of the Non-Denomination Church and a retired computer technician and served in the Royal Netherlands Navy.
Mr. Gijswijt had many accomplishments in his life. He was fluent in four languages. In Holland he taught as a scuba diver instructor. He was a network engineer, a black belt in karate, an artist, a repeated jeu de boules trophy winner, was an actor in two movies in Amsterdam, Holland, won a sport magazine front cover story for best written sports story, participated in numerous water sports and loved to tell the history of different countries. He loved to do carpentry and gardening and he lived and loved life to the fullest.
He is survived by his wife Linda (Keel) Gijswijt of McMinnville; daughter, Lesley Gijswijt of Hoorne, Holland, stepdaughter, Chelsea Nunley of McMinnville; one stepson, Nathan Keel-McDowell (Kendra) of McMinnville; sister-in-law, Dorothy (Jerry) McKay of Jackson; brother- in-law, and special friend, Jerry Keel (Lisa); brothers-in-law, Bobby Keel, Carl Keel (Gail), Wayne Keel (Norma) of McMinnville, special friends, Anna Swaney and Earl Hobbs of Altamont, several nephews and nieces from Holland and Tennessee, and other friends and family.
Memorial services will be held at Lighthouse Bible Church in Viola on Saturday at 2 p.m. with Douglas McKay officiating. To sign the online guest book, visit
Gardens of Memory Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Southern Standard
(McMinnville, Tenn.) April 15, 2011