Philip Slagboom ’72

Philip Slagboom ’72 passed away peacefully at his home on August 5, 2021. Phil was born April 11, 1945 to the late Gerard and Dora (Van Beers) Slagboom, Sr. in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Phil was a fun-loving and devoted husband, brother and uncle who made friends easily with his beautiful smile and a twinkle in his eye. In 1966, at age 21, Phil immigrated to the U.S. In 1972 he received his U.S. citizenship, graduated from Hope College, and on September 23rd he married the love of his life, Linda Dronkers. Phil was a Technical Sales Representative for Houghton International for 25 years.

His wife of 49 years survives as well as his siblings, Theo (Tonny) Slagboom and Clara Slagboom both of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; sister-in-law, Renny Slagboom of Grand Rapids; brother-in-law, Walt Dronkers of Kentwood; several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Gerard Slagboom, Jr.

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