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“I am so sad to hear this today. I spent the afternoon with my son Bradley Lowry. Thijs & Brad were together at Salvation Army. So thankful I got to...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: Diana Hanselman - Plymouth, IN

“We were all heartbroken to hear of Thijs's passing. Your family is in our prayers. ”
2 of 40 | Posted by: Jeanette Cochran

“Dear Thijs,Your giant heart, your smile, your sparkLit up any place that's cold and darkThe world had lost something pure and lightOne star will...Read More »
3 of 40 | Posted by: Ella Kraakman - Family

“Oh Tina, I'm so very sorry. Please know I'm praying for your family. ”
4 of 40 | Posted by: Misty Kern - Warren, IN

“Dear Tina, Pieter, Sara, Emmalie, and Willie -We are so very sorry for your loss. Thijs and all of you will remain in our thoughts and prayers.Love...Read More »
5 of 40 | Posted by: Melissa Murphy-Petros - Elmhurst, IL

“Thijs was definitely one of a kind and will be greatly missed.. ”
6 of 40 | Posted by: Tom (Tommy) Shultz - South Bend, IN

“Rest in Heaven Thijs. ”
7 of 40 | Posted by: Kristin Tindall - Fort Wayne, IN

“You left the world this Sunday, Unknowingly it was your time. But your free spirit and your happy heart Never leaves those who loved you behindIts...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Brittny Alexander - Fort Wayne, IN

“Pieter, Tina, family and friends, accept our deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts will be with you in this difficult time. ”
9 of 40 | Posted by: Astrid en Michael Elias-Kraakman

“All of us @ A Plus Computers would like to lift all Thijs' family and friends up in prayers. Thijs was one of a kind and did wear a very infectious...Read More »
10 of 40 | Posted by: A Plus Computers - Fort Wayne, IN

“Dear Peter and Tina, I am so sorry to hear about Thijs. Will be praying for you both and your family. Sharon Duerksen ”
11 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“Tina, I saw this and it broke my heart. I worked with both of your sons and their smiles warned a room. Thjis always had a smile andA warm heart. He...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Heather Demland - Fort Wayne, IN

“Emmalie, this is Kathy who worked with you at Kroger. I am so, so sorry about the loss of your brother. I hope you and your family are able, in time,...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Kathleen Zatler - Fort Wayne, IN

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this tragic time. ”
14 of 40 | Posted by: Mandi Smith - Kendallville, IN

“I first met Thijs when he worked for A+Computers and did work for us. What an OUTSTANDING young man he was. I always knew when we had issues... And...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: Penny Gillespie - Ligonier, IN

“Oh Tina, my heart aches for you and your family. Praying that each one of you finds comfort and peace that only God can provide during a time like...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Kay Chilcote - Fort Wayne

“Tina and Pieter you have my deepest Sympathy on the loss of Thijs. Please extend my sympathy to the girls and sweet William. May God's loving arms...Read More »
17 of 40 | Posted by: Debi Williams - Ft Wayne, IN

“My prayers and sympathy to the family for the loss of your love one. ”
18 of 40 | Posted by: Lita Sylve - Kendallville, IN

“Thinking of your family - we feel so deeply for you all. We remember thijs' wonderful smile. ”
19 of 40 | Posted by: Kim Balser - south whitley, IN

“To the Kraakman family - please know how deeply saddened we are to hear the news of Thijs's passing. He will be remembered for his sweet personality...Read More »
20 of 40 | Posted by: A friend

“Pieter: I am very sorry for your loss. You family is in my prayers. ”
21 of 40 | Posted by: Ashwini Achar - fort wayne, IN

“I only worked with u 2 weeks but I'll never forget u saying "I get paid to play outside" u gave me motivation that day...and your saying "if u ain't...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Adam Motes - Ft Wayne, IN

“I'm blessed to have crossed paths with Thijs this year as we were hired in at Shindigz in South Whitley at the same time this January, and worked...Read More »
23 of 40 | Posted by: Laurie Snyder - South Whitley, IN

“So sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my prayers. ”
24 of 40 | Posted by: Christina Irons - Huntertown, IN

“Dear Thijs, I think the day became less bright when I heard you had left this world for the next. My memories of you mainly come from the German...Read More »
25 of 40 | Posted by: Autumn Stivers-Biscuso

“I'm so sorry for your loss. I love you and you are in my thoughts and prayers. Let me know if there is anything I can do. ”
26 of 40 | Posted by: Angie Verslype - Richmond, VA

“Thijs, I will miss your smile. While you were in show choir, you were so full of light and life. You were a good friend, to my son, Derek. You were...Read More »
27 of 40 | Posted by: Lynn (Hossler) Pagel - Fort Wayne, IN

“Eternal rest grant into him, Oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. ”
28 of 40 | Posted by: Stephanie McKenzie - Fort Wayne

“Pieter.My deepest prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time.Patti Draper (Shindigz) ”
29 of 40 | Posted by: Patti Draper - Larwill, IN

“I am so sorry for your loss! Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers. ”
30 of 40 | Posted by: kim onax - South Bend, IN

“I am so sorry for your loss .I will keep the family in prayer. I hope these words help you through this sadness.Death leaves a heartache no one can...Read More »
31 of 40 | Posted by: Kathy Carpenter - Friend

“Tina, I'm so sorry for this heartbreaking loss for you and your family. Words just cannot express. Having spent one July 4th with Thijs watching the...Read More »
32 of 40 | Posted by: Chris Kauffman - Coworker

“Dear Thijs, we will remember you as an intelligent and joyful person.You will be sorely mist and the World has lost a valuable soul.To the family and...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: Kees en Vera Kraakman - Family

“Please know that you will be missed dearly! You were always able to make me smile no matter what they situation or how i was feeling. Always so full...Read More »
34 of 40 | Posted by: Keith Johnston - Fort Wayne, IN

“I am heartbroken for you Tina and your family. I pray you find some measure of peace in the days ahead. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
35 of 40 | Posted by: Dagne Ludwig - Ft. Wayne, IN

“Thijs will be greatly missed. May his family find peace and comfort in the days ahead, and may his memory live on in those who knew and loved him. ”
36 of 40 | Posted by: Jewels Dawson - Fort Wayne, IN

“I am so very sorry for your loss. I can't imagine what you are all going through. Please know you are loved and in my thoughts and prayers. ”
37 of 40 | Posted by: Michelle Bock - Fort wayne, IN

Thijs working on the barn at the animal rescue. “Thijs was a kind person, a caring young man who was a joy to be around. ”
38 of 40 | Posted by: Launda Ewell - Pierceton, IN

“Tina and Pieter please accept our deepest sympathy at the loss of your vibrant and handsome e Son.There are no words that can truly express the...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: Barbara Verslype - South Bend, IN

“So very sorry for your loss Tina. We will keep you and your family in prayer. May God's peace be with you in the difficult days ahead. ”
40 of 40 | Posted by: Cheryl Schmidt - Fort Wayne, IN


Thijs Alexander Kraakman, 27, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2016 as a result of injuries received in an auto accident. Born February 12, 1989 in Mishawaka, IN, Thijs worked as a landscaper with Jim Logue Landscaping. He graduated from Homestead High School in 2008 and attended ITT Tech. He was active in the Show Choir, and though he would never admit it, he liked to sing the "Golden Oldies" in the car. He was a whiz with computers and loved the great outdoors. He lit up the room when ever he walked in and would give a friend the shirt off his back. He was also extremely proud of his Dutch heritage. Surviving are his parents Pieter and Christina L Kraakman; sisters, Sara and Emmalie and brother, William all of Fort Wayne, IN; grandparents, Larry and Aniela Berreth of Mishawaka, IN, Duoc and Phyllis Hong of Elkhart, IN and his "Oma" Tinie Kraakman van Zanten, living in the Netherlands, along with a host of aunts, uncles and cousins on both sides of the ocean. Funeral Service is 11:00 am, Thursday, June 2, 2016 at D O McComb Foster Park Chapel, 6301 Fairfield Ave. with calling one hour prior. Calling will also be Wednesday, June 1, 2016, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the funeral home.