Richard “Dick” Anton VanderStraaten of Vicksburg, MI passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at the age of 69. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on November 22, 1951, the son of Marvin and Norma (Hartleroad) VanderStraaten.
He is preceded in his passing by his parents and brothers: John and James VanderStraaten.
Left to cherish Dick’s loving memory are his sons: Jeff (Michelle Weemhoff) VanderStraaten and Jason (Alicia) VanderStraaten; grandchildren: Ella and Grace VanderStraaten, Timmy Axtell and Logan VanderStraaten; his brother: Bob (Linda) VanderStraaten; sister-in-law: Holly VanderStraaten; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
Dick dedicated his career to working at Stewart Sutherland for nearly 50 years. His most cherished role was being dad to Jeff and Jason, and always told the world how proud he was of his boys. He was the sweetest father-in-law, beloved grandpa, and best friend to his brothers. He loved lighthouses, the Detroit Tigers, the Indy 500, blues music, metal detecting, and the casino. Most of all, he loved his family and never missed a chance to attend football games, dance recitals, family gatherings, or take his grandkids to concerts, movies, fishing, riding on the lawn mower, or reading a book together.
Dick was caring, honest, loyal, hardworking, and loved more than words can describe. He will remain forever in the hearts of those who deeply love him. We love you thiiiiiiis much, Grandpa Van!
Memorials made in Dick’s memory may be directed to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, or the American Cancer Society.
While visiting Richard’s tribute page, please take a moment to light a candle or share a memory with the family. The VanderStraaten family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand Street, Schoolcraft, MI 49087. 269-679-5622.