The Woodward News

October 18, 2012

Sam Christiaan Lance Van Eeghen

Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Sam Christiaan Lance van Eeghen was born on May 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm in Monterey, California. He was a 4 1/2 month old beautiful baby boy with giant blue eyes, a little bit of blonde hair and a huge beautiful smile. His nickname was "The Peanut" and he was truly a miracle to his parents who had waited for so long to welcome him into their lives. He was their heart.

Little Sam passed away in his sleep at home on Sunday, October 14 in Freedom, Oklahoma. He and his parents lived in California and had come home to visit family.

Sam is survived by his parents, Ernst and Gretchen (Barber) van Eeghen of Carmel, California. His grandparents are Brett and Terry Smith of Freedom, Oklahoma; Randy and Marilyn Barber of Warrensburg, Missouri; Nanske De Jong Schouwenburg and Ron Beek of Overveen, The Netherlands; and Jochem and Hetty van Eeghen of Haarlem, The Netherlands. Great-grandparents include Donna Smith of Freedom, Oklahoma and Del and Pat Barber of Ozark, Missouri.

In lieu of flowers, please donate directly to the American Sudden Infant Death Institute Syndrome ( or send your donations to Freedom State Bank at P.O. Box 125 Freedom, OK 73842.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the First Christian Church of Freedom with the Reverend Mark Kinkel officiating. Interment will follow in the Freedom Cemetery with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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