Gregory L. Van Hollebeke of Enumclaw died suddenly on Wednesday August 12, 2020 at the age of 52.
If you wanted to know how to fix something Greg probably had the part or knew someone who could get it for you. He loved to barter, and trade and our yard and garage are significant reminders of his visible collections. If you talked politics with him, he would take the stance of convincing you that he had the facts and that you were wrong to not agree with him. Greg was simultaneously infuriating and wickedly funny. There is no school for the Greg Van Hollebeke degree because his mechanical aptitude and German mannerisms were all innate.
Greg honed his gifts while serving in the US Navy in San Diego, CA on the USS Jason with his best friend Rob Cochran. There he met the love of his life and together they began building a life in his hometown of Issaquah. His youth and arrogance did not distract from his keen abilities and he had the good fortune to be hired by Cedar Grove Compost CEO Steve Bancero. This lasting mentorship allowed Greg to expand his confidence and move to Enumclaw to begin his own business. Since 2004 he was able to earn the contracts of Emerald Petroleum, Clean Harbors, Westway and PNWT as the sole proprietor of Maverick Mechanical.
The annual 4th of July trips to Potholes Reservoir MarDon Resort provided countless happy memories of fishing with his pals Steve Harms, Chuck Darby, and Brett Singer as well as mixing it up by pulling his sons Lyden and Merik and their countless friends on the tube behind his mistress and love interest his 2006 ThunderJet boat. Greg’s kindness to friends, ability to problem solve, grit, integrity, determination, and dedication to his family were part of his dynamic personality that left an indelible impression and loss too great to fathom.
Greg leaves behind his wife of 31 years, Jordana; sons Lyden and Merik; parents Steven and Renate Oftedahl of Issaquah; parents-in-law Mary D. (Tildy) Leas and Steven Farley of Buckley; and his sisters Diane Estes of Lake Tapps, Ingrid Van Hollebeke of Fishkill, NY, and Berit Aloisio of Fredericksburg, VA.
A private ceremony with military honors will be held at this time, with a Celebration of Life anticipated in August 2021. Please share a memory with Greg’s family on the tribute wall.
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