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Kenneth Van Damme

Kenneth Cyril Van Damme, age 53 of Hondo, passed away Oct. 23, 2018, in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Kenneth was born Oct. 30, 1964, at Fort Sill, in Lawton, OK. His family then moved to Hondo, where Kenneth attended school until his sophomore year in high school. He spent his sophomore year in Ypers, Belgium, close to where his father, Cyril, was born and raised. He then graduated from Hondo High School in 1984, followed by graduation from St. Mary’s University, in 1989. Kenneth continued his education, receiving a Master of Education Leadership from UTSA.

On July 20, 1991, Kenneth married the love of his life, Dawn Boyle, from Castroville.

He farmed his family’s land for more than 10 years, then transitioned to the education field, where he began as an elementary teacher, which led to him and his family to begin their overseas adventure at International Schools in Kazakhstan and Kuwait.
After five years, the family moved back to Hondo where Kenneth became the assistant principal, and later the principal, of Meyer Elementary. During his 10 years at Hondo ISD, Kenneth impacted the lives of many students, parents and colleagues.

After both of his children graduated from Hondo High, Kenneth and Dawn continued their international teaching careers in Abu Dhabi, UAE. 

Throughout his life, Kenneth was very passionate about family, gardening, traveling, his profession, outdoors and his dogs. All of Kenneth’s family and friends will remember him for his great sense of humor and ability to brighten every room into which he walked. The words he passed on to his children, Kolten and Melanie, were, “Live life to the fullest and look for adventure in all that you do.” 

Kenneth was preceded in death by his nephew, Travis Van Damme, and grandparents. 

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Dawn Boyle Van Damme; children, Kolten and Melanie Van Damme; parents Cyril and Joyce Reichert Van Damme; siblings, Elizabeth (Kenny) Ballard, Brian (Nancie) Van Damme, Glenn (Laurie) Van Damme; and seven nieces and nephews. 

Visitation is 5-7 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 8, with recitation of the rosary at 7 p.m.; and funeral services will be at 5 p.m. next Friday, Nov. 9, all at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A reception at the parish hall will follow.

Memorials may be made to the Kenneth Van Damme Memorial account at Hondo National Bank, to benefit Hondo ISD students.

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I was one of the students to share a year with Kenneth in Ypres (Sint Vincentius College). I've known him at the age of 17. Even then he was a great guy to have in our class. My sincere condolances.

Koen Engels Jun 27 2019 12:00 AM

My prayers and sympathy to Kenneth's family. May God's peace be with each of you during this difficult time.

Sherri Grell Nov 9 2018 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Kenneth Van Damme

Stacy Saathoff Nov 8 2018 12:00 AM

Joyce, our prayers and our sincere condolences are offered on the loss of your son.

George and Jeannine Albach Persyn Nov 7 2018 12:00 AM

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.
Henry Scott Holland

Dawn, this poem gave me much peace 25 years ago. Will be in our thoughts on Thursday

reiche family Nov 5 2018 12:00 AM


Gloria Esquivel Nov 3 2018 12:00 AM

A Summer Memories was sent on November 3, 2018

Fondly remembering Kenneth and yall. Our prayers and sincere intentions ... Bridget , James, Eileen, Patricia, Tom, Joe and families.

Expression of Sympathy Nov 3 2018 12:00 AM

Kenneth, you will surely be missed. RIP buddy

carl Nov 2 2018 12:00 AM

Joyce, Cyril & family sorry to here about the loss of Kenneth son, husband and father he will be missed very much he left some good memories on things that you'll did together as a family. He lived life to the fullness. May he rest in peace Linda and Raymond Persyn Seguin Texas

Linda and Raymond Persyn Seguin Texas Nov 2 2018 12:00 AM

He was in his element, big cowboy hat, boots and a raucous laugh and humor and was an inspiration
That was Ken in a nutshell

carl Nov 1 2018 12:00 AM

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