SIKKES Rudolfus Johannes

Born June 16, 1935. Passed away February 4, 2022.

Funeral Notice

Service: Thursday February 10, 2022

Family and Friends are invited to attend the funeral service for Mr. Rudolf Sikkes
to be held on Thursday (Feb 10) at 11.00 am.

St Philip and St James Catholic Church, 1343-1349 Murradoc Rd, St Leonards VIC 3223

Rudolf's service will be livestreamed through our website.


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  1. Dear Opa,
    Here’s a memory I will forever cherish from my chlidhood.
    Every school holidays, Mum(Deborah Lucas) would take me(Luke Lucas) and Matt my little brother to St Leonard’s to Oma and Opa’s beautiful property. Matt and I would wake up before the rest of the household and sneak out as silent as possible to not disturb Rudolph meditating in the kitchen, we would pull up a chair each and sit on either side of him and meditate with him for a while, and when he stopped meditating, knowing we were young boys always wanting to eat or play, he would always open his eyes and look at both of us and say “ahhh my little angels, so quiet I didn’t even know you were there.” With a big smile on his face, then he would make us both breakfast 😊
    I will never forget all the times I would go to church with you as a child and all the old ladies would fuss over me and make me tea and biscuits after the beautiful service ❤️😊
    You will never be truly gone, because You will be forever missed, and will be in the hearts and memories of everyone who’s lives you touched over the years ❤️
    Love your Grandson who always had a mop of hair on his head,

    Luke LucasFebruary 8 2022 7:38 pm
  2. Hi Rudolf, I loved you so much and I will miss you forever. Love, Anka

    Anka SikkesFebruary 8 2022 8:07 pm
  3. We were all very sorry to hear that Rudolf passed away. We will miss him dearly, and his always happy smile
    whenever we visited him. he made everyone feel welcome and had a heart of gold.
    All our love and strength to everyone in the Sikkes family from all of us in Andrew and Taeko’s family.
    Sorry we cannot be there in person, but we will be there in spirit.

    Andrew , Taeko and all of our familyFebruary 8 2022 9:42 pm
  4. Ome Rudolf, as we always use to say. Out off that far away country Australia.
    I always loved it when ome rudolf was in Holland and stayed with us for a while…. the one time with tante Anke and kids i will never forget.
    But three years ago, when we went to Australia was a top moment for me and also Kees, seeing ome Rudolf in his own home and seeing almost all his children and grandchildren, my Cousins in their own Australian way. We loved it.
    Ome Rudolf, you went all by yourseleve, by boat, the big adventure ahead, so proud off you took that huge stepp… I believe it was “far from easy” the first years.
    But you build together with tante Anke such a great home for youre children and grandchildren, we saw.
    The last years when looking back at youre live you were i think, satisfied.
    But the last years getting more health problems, not alle to bike anymore and missing youre loved once in Holland bit by bit a little more, will not have been easy too…. but still you kept to be, the verry brave & beautyful man you always have been.
    The last big hug from you, i got, was after dinner at the golfclubhouse the favorite place of you and tante Anke….. i stil can feel that hug, because at that time i was aware, it was, most likly, the last one i got from you…. and i passed it on to my mum ( as you asked) youre loving sister when i came home!!
    We are verry happy we, did to get you know, in our live…. thanks, rest in peace love Kees & Yvonne

    YvonneFebruary 8 2022 9:47 pm
  5. All your kind acts will forever be close to my heart Opa. The mornings as a young child meditating with you, the walks on the beach, the time spent in the garden. Your smile was infectious and I will forever cherish the bike rides together. I hope that when I’m in my 80s I’ll be able to ride half as far as you could.

    Mathew LucasFebruary 9 2022 12:21 am
  6. Hey Dad
    I’ve watched the Sunrise every morning since you left, even the morning that you passed, Kathie, Mum and I watched the Sun come up across the bay, into your garden, and through the sunroom, we said there’s Dad passing through, on my morning walks along the beach tracks I’m surrounded by you with the beautiful environment and the huge variety of birds flying about, you taught me the names of all the local birds, they in turn all remind me every day of you, and every flower in the garden reminds me of your beaming smile, I’m so happy we had a couple of weeks to say goodbye, with tonnes of kisses and you even managed to give me a beautiful tight hug, you laughed with us and felt us all close by your side.
    Big Love

    Deborah LucasFebruary 9 2022 9:37 am
  7. You will always be remembered in our hearts and thoughts. Your kindness and your friendship, and all the fond memories that we had.
    Rest In Peace dearest friend!
    Rudolph ❤️
    Your friends Carlos , Mercedes and family

    Mercedes GarciaFebruary 9 2022 12:41 pm
  8. Dad
    I remember all the fun adventures we spend together, camping with Eddie & me when we were young and picnics with friends at the beautiful national parks. But the one i will cherish the most is the last time you rode the trike in the back streets of St Leonards. You were so happy to be able to ride by yourself , you were singing hallelujah hallelujah with biggest smile I’ve ever seen.

    Peter SikkesFebruary 9 2022 12:50 pm
  9. hello Opa,
    As your grand daughter i am deeply saddened that I’ve lost yet another grandparent.. it’s hard to cope with grief at such a young age. I will always keep you in my thoughts and I hope you know how dearly you are loved. Even not being able to visit you as much over the past couple of years I’ve learnt how important grandparents are. I have some regret every now & then not spending more time with the ones I love but I know. Heaven has gained a bright soul and someone who will love the afterlife. I love you as does all the Sikkes family, if you ever need to give any of us a sign send a sunset our way.
    Much love,
    Jasmine Sikkes & Natasha Sikkes

    Jasmine SikkesFebruary 9 2022 1:03 pm
  10. Whenever I saw you, you would always welcome me with your infectious smile. Your smile will live in my heart forever. You accepted me into your family, and for that I will always be grateful. You were a true gentleman and an amazing Opa to my boys. It’s sad to see your journey has ended, but Rest In Peace dear man.

    Leo LucasFebruary 9 2022 5:10 pm
  11. Uncle Rudolf
    After all these years It is the sound of your voice that sticks with me and with it comes the happy memories of visiting you or the times you came to visit us at Scoresby Rd . lt was so nice to speak with you recently when our mum passed. In my heart you are still here. Thank you for being a part our journey.

    Sending you all our love ,Sheldon and Laurence

    Sheldon De KeyzerFebruary 9 2022 5:48 pm
  12. Dad,
    I will never forget the earlier years when you and Mum would pick me up from school on a Friday and we would head off to St. Leonards for the weekends to stay at our cosy cabin. Those weekends and holidays up the coast always brought me so much joy and fond memories. I am greatful for those special times. It was from those early years that I came to love the coast and now get to call it home too.

    I’m going to miss you Dad, but I have great reminders of good times we spent together along the coast.
    From climbing the rocks at Pt. Lonsdale, getting coffees at Swan Bay, watching the ships come through the heads, fish n chips at Portarlington and I’ll even miss the countless hours spent in medical waiting rooms you and I shared. They were always fun.

    Love you lots,
    your youngest son, Andrew xox.

    Andrew SikkesFebruary 9 2022 7:07 pm
  13. Rudolph,
    It was a pleasure knowing you for the past 13 and a half years. I remember the first time Andrew brought me to St. Leonards to introduce me to you and Anka. I was so nervous. But I shouldn’t have been, because you welcomed me with that great big smile of yours and wide open arms. We sat down in the lounge room and had coffee and cakes. I had nothing to be nervous about. You were always kind and welcoming to me. When I would come from Melbourne to stay over on the weekends, Andrew would go to work nightshift and I would be out the back with Anzac and Soda. Every night you would come out back, ask if I was ok, if I was warm enough and then say Goodnight. Even when you would call Andrew in later years when we moved to Ocean Grove, without fail you would ask how I was and send your best wishes to me.

    You were a character Rudolph and gave us many reasons to smile and laugh. You will be missed, especially that infectious smile of yours.

    Love Amanda. xox

    Amanda HillFebruary 9 2022 7:17 pm
  14. Will always remember a happy and genuine gentleman in Rudolf. Truly grateful for the great times and support for our family especially early times in this wonderful country. Our love and thoughts to Anka and the family. Rest In Peace.
    Rob, Kate, Andrew & Em, Harry and Alex.

    Rob van DuurenFebruary 9 2022 9:22 pm
  15. Family Sikkes
    I’m very sorry to hear that Ome Rudolf passed away.
    He was the brother of my father Jan.
    And lived very far away from us.
    I’met him a few times and will never forget him.
    I’wish Aunt Anka her children, grandchilderen and other family
    a lot of strength with this loss.

    Lots of love in mind I’m with you
    Ans Sikkes

    Ans SikkesFebruary 10 2022 1:14 am
  16. uncle Rudolf,
    I am the daughter of your brother Antoon, and I have one very nice memory of you from maybe 45 years ago, when I picked you up from the Joure at Aunt Lize’s and dressed as Sinterklaas, took you completely unexpectedly to Wieringerwerf, to my father. how great was the surprise for my father that you as Sinterklaas took off your Miter and beard and he recognized you. Uncle Rudolf rest in peace.
    I wish Aunt Anke and the family a lot of strength with the loss of Uncle Rudolf
    Greetings Trudy

    Trudy SikkesFebruary 10 2022 5:13 am
  17. Hi Dad,
    Thanks for taking us on amazing adventures around the world. It is because of you that I have my travel bug. You showed us so many wonderful places and we met some really interesting people along the way. You gave us all an appreciation for Holland and this will always be in our hearts. We will continue to visit your birth place in the years to come. We love you lots, we will always miss you and we will continue to care for mum, as I know that this was your biggest wish. I also know that you will be keeping an eye on her from heaven. Lots of Hugs & Love, Kathie.

    Kathie SikkesFebruary 10 2022 7:11 am
  18. Wish you a good travel Home Rudolf

    With love
    Jack Vonk

    JackFebruary 10 2022 8:20 am
  19. My dear Brother Rudolf,
    I am writing these words with tears in my eyes….
    It’s unreal that yor’re not in my live anymore.
    Even though you lived far away, we’ve always had a verry close relationschip, lots off letters we wrote and the last years we had our conversations by phone, this felt really good.
    But the best times were, the moments when i could hold you in my arms again….
    and also we had a wonderfull time when you and Anka where with us for a couple off months in the nineties

    Rudolf rest in Peace in Mother Mary’s and God’s Sublime Glory….
    Wishing you Anka, Kathie, Eddie, Peter, Deborah, Andrew and all the in-laws & grandchilderen, all our love and strength’.
    Love Nico and Catrien

    Catrien VonkFebruary 10 2022 8:45 am
  20. In our family before anything we all remember that time ome Rudolf visited Holland and played sinterklaas for us young children.
    For me it was very nice to have visited him in Australia and stayed with him and tante Anka for a few days. He showed me the binoculars he used to watch the birds or have an eye out when tante Anke went fishing out on the ocean.
    He took me on a beautiful trip to the great ocean road and we had wonderfull talks about faith and meditation.
    Rest in peace my dear ome Rudolf.

    Ellen Sikkes
    (daughter of Anton Sikkes)

    Ellen SikkesFebruary 10 2022 12:10 pm
  21. Beautiful service Rudolph,
    Hugs to all the family, may you be in your lovely garden forever.

    PhilipFebruary 10 2022 12:35 pm
  22. God bless you all, it was beautiful ceremony for my uncle Rudolf. I met him once when i was 5 years old, he was playing santa at my home, antoon & truus sikkes. in wieringerwerf. He left a great impression in my mind! I wish strength and love to all of you!

    theodorus sikkesFebruary 10 2022 4:16 pm
  23. Dear Family of our Uncle Rudolf Faraway, wish You All Strength and Love and Big Hugs,

    TomFebruary 10 2022 9:17 pm
  24. What a beautiful service and what nice words were spoken.
    I also remember ome Rudolf visited us as Sinterklaas, I think I was about 7 years old. At that moment I didn’t realize it was ome Rudolf and I was very excited that Sinterklaas came to our house. The day after ome Rudolf came to visit us, I recognized the shoes, they were the same as Sinterklaas, than I realized that Sinterklaas did not exist, as my mom confirmed.
    I also have warm memories of my visit to ome Rudolf and tante Anke a few years ago, the beautiful house at sea, eating out at the golf club and playing cards in the evening and I remember Rudolf saying, you can’t talk all evening, let’s play cards!
    Dear family, I am very sorry for your loss, cherish the beautiful memories, he was a wonderfull person!

    Lots of love, Jeanette
    (daughter of Lize Sikkes)

    Jeanette DijkstraFebruary 11 2022 10:27 am
  25. Rudy,
    We will always remember you as a happy, kind & caring person with lots of energy & goodwill for others.

    It was a blessing & a privilege to know you & hear your words of wisdom as we chatted on our front verandah every time we came down to St Leonards.

    Rest In Peace, our dear friend, watching down over us all, knowing that you served God, your family, friends & community with love, peace, hope & as a good steward of God’s grace.

    Forever in our hearts, your friends,
    Matt & Cally Kwas

    Matt & Cally KwasFebruary 16 2022 11:51 am

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