Obituary: John Tichelaar


John Tichelaar

November 13, 1952 – April 19, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John Tichelaar, “Frenchie”, after a battle with lung cancer. John was born November 13, 1952 in Long Beach, CA and passed away April 19, 2023 in Forest Grove, OR surrounded by family. 

He is survived by his loving sons, Steven and Brian; daughter Kelli and husband Ryan; wife Susan; sisters Irene and Annie; nephews Howard, Jeff and Nathan; grandchildren Wesley and Kennedy. John was a jack of all trades and finished his career with Matrix Services at BP Cherry Point. His passion was for motorcycles, woodworking and family. John was preceded in death by his parents Marie and Bert and his sister Penny. 

There will be a celebration of life for John at Hovander Park on Sunday, August 27 from 1–5 p.m. Please join us to share memories of this great man. RSVP to