Gerard Vanderlinde

Gerard “Gerry” Vanderlinde died in December at his home in Federal Way. He was 65.

Vanderlinde, the youngest son of H.R.H. Princess (Raden Ayu) Paryem and plantation botanist Adriaan van der Linde, was born Oct. 29, 1937 on a sugar plantation in Madiun, Indonesia.

After the war for independence forced his family out of Indonesia in 1954, he moved with his parents to the Netherlands, where he married Patricia Droop. In 1961, the couple immigrated to the United States, settling in Corvallis, Ore. until 1964, when they moved to Federal Way.

He worked for Paccar for 25 years before studying airframe and powerplant mechanics and working 13 years with Boeing at Everett, Renton and Boeing Field. He’d been retired for eight months before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last August.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia; daughters Ginny Vanderlinde of Federal Way and Tiffany Vanderlinde-West of Tacoma; a son, Anthony Vanderlinde of Tacoma; a sister, Juliana Gersen of St. Helens, Ore.; a brother, Paul van der Linde of the Netherlands; and three grandchildren.

Private memorial services were held at St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to American Cancer Society, Northwest Harvest, the Federal Way Boys and Girls Club, or any organization that helps disadvantaged children.