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Here are four photographs of Ronald Klerk de Reus Klerk de Reus who was born on April 8, 1933 in Bandung, Indonesia on the island of Java, the son of Rene Francois and Waleska Flohr Klerk de Reus. As a young boy, Ronald spent the World War II years in Holland. During that time he was separated from his family and was taken in by a foster family that provided him with shelter, food, and bed. He was later reunited with his family. After a number of years, Klerk de Reus applied and received a job as a cook's assistant on a passenger ship. During this time, cooking became his passion. He graduated from the Schools for Cooks and Confectioners in Holland. He immigrated to America in 1958 where he accepted a job that allowed him to cook for the Army while attending culinary school. Klerk de Reus became a naturalized US citizen on April 14, 1964. He was a certified executive chef who served such dignitaries as President Nixon and Vice-President Agnew. During his career, he worked in industrial food service around the Midwest and owned and operated the Dutch Treat Restaurant in Muscatine, Iowa for 22 years. It was at the restaurant that he met Suz McIver. Klerk de Reus became very close with McIver and her family. When she accepted a job at Midland Care in Topeka, Kansas, he moved to a five acre farm near Hoyt, Kansas, so he could be near the family. He volunteered for Midland Care where he cooked for parties and gatherings and addressed letters. In addition to cooking, he was a nationally acclaimed Bench Rest Precision Rifle Sharp Shooter, the membership director for the Cast Bullet Association for 12 years, and a photographer. He died January 6, 2016 at Midland Care.

Date: 1955-2015

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