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Roger D. Vandenburg, age 70, of Fenwick, passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 27, 2015 at Spectrum Health Continuing Care in Grand Rapids.  The son of Egbert John & Marian F. (Edwards) Vandenburg, he was born on November 13, 1944 and was a 1963 graduate of Sheridan Agricultural High School.  On June 26, 1964, at Butternut Bible Church, he  married Judy Kaye Lund and together they raised two children and enjoyed almost 51 years of marriage. 

A skilled carpenter, craftsman, and general contractor, Roger founded Vandenburg Builders in 1971, a company his son and grandsons continue to operate today.  He was a member of Beth Haven Baptist Church and a life member of the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Vandenburg on Aug. 23, 1999;  his mother, Marian Vandenburg on March 28, 2005;  two brothers, Rodney Vandenburg on Dec. 5, 1980, and Ronald Vandenburg on Dec. 30, 1997;  a sister-in-law, Jerri Vandenburg on Nov. 23, 1997;  and his father-in-law, Earl Lund on April 23, 2004.

Surviving are his wife, Judy Vandenburg of Fenwick;  their children, Jeff & Jonni Vandenburg of Fenwick and LeeAnn & Jack Morris of Sheridan;  thirteen grandchildren, James & Anna Vandenburg, John & Ashley Vandenburg, Jacob & April Vandenburg, Joshua Vandenburg, Joseph Vandenburg, Jessica Vandenburg, LeahAnn Morris, Jedidiah & Brittany Morris, Jesse Morris, Spencer Morris, Sterling Morris, Jericho Morris, and Lydia Morris;  five great grandchildren, Alayna Vandenburg, Logan Vandenburg, Adalaya Vandenburg, Kyndra Vandenburg, and Carter Morris;  a brother, Jerome & Claire Vandenburg of Fenwick;  his mother-in-law, Doris Lund of Sheridan;  two sisters-in-law, Sharon Vandenburg of Sheridan and Linda Vandenburg of Greenville;  a brother-in-law, Bruce & Vicki Lund of Sheridan;  a maternal aunt, Mabel Edwards of Kalamazoo;  and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday at Christiansen Cremation & Funeral Care, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, and on Monday from 10-11 a.m. at Beth Haven Baptist Church, 1158 W. Carson City Road (M-57, Sheridan, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday.  The Rev. Kevin Crowell will officiate and burial will follow at Sheridan Cemetery. 

Instead of flowers, Roger would have appreciated contributions in his memory to Gospel Wings Missionary Translation Team (checks payable to Hiawatha Bible Church).  Envelopes will be available at the funeral home and the church.   To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Roger's online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:


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  1. Phil Lund on May 28, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Judy, Jeff and LeeAnn and family,

    I am sorry. Good memories. Hunting. Travels. Pizza. Goats. Lots of coffee. And lots more. My heartfelt prayers for all of you. Big hug for you Judy!!

  2. Walt & Jenny Carter on May 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Jerome and family we are saddened to hear of your loss. May God wrap his arms around you during this difficult time.

  3. Rich & Audrey Thompson on May 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Heaven just recieved another angel.

  4. Cindi Laws on May 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I will miss you dearly, you were my first love and always will be. My heart aches for our family as we lost another very special man. I know you are rejoicing in heaven with no more pain. Until we meet again. Our love will overcome.

  5. Becky Berens on May 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

    My deepest sympathy goes out to all the good folks that were related to Mr. Vandenburg. He was an amazing man. Every week we would be in the same Sunday School class and then the church services. And whenever I came up to him to shake hands he would smile that smile of his that brightened the rest of my day. I sent him and Mrs. Vandenburg a card each week and I have been told that he kept all the cards I sent up on the edge in his room. What is Heaven’s gain is our loss. I sure am going to miss that wonderful Christian man. From Miss Becky

  6. Mike McCoy (Greenville) on May 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Even though it’s been a few years, since I talked with Roger. I can honestly say, He was one of the most nicest and genuine person, I ever met. Sorry to all family and friends. Just remember all the good times!

  7. Marti (Bowen) McConnell on May 29, 2015 at 12:00 am

    I was with sadness I learned of Roger’s passing. I met Roger many years ago when he was an Awana leader in Butternut. It was great to reconnect with him through my job at Big L when I worked the sales counter. My deepest sympathy to all of his family at this difficult time. Roger was an outstanding individual and left a lasting impression on me from the time we met at Awana. God Bless You All.

  8. Pastor Jerry and Jerrie Wichert on May 30, 2015 at 12:00 am

    We remember Roger from our early days at Hiawatha Bible Church, back in the early 70’s. He was a very active part of the Gospel Wings Missionary Translation Team and I know his advice and input into this organization was well thought of. Our prayers are with all of the family.

  9. Roger & Carol Damaska on May 31, 2015 at 12:00 am

    We are sorry for your loss. Roger was a good man, neighbor and friend.

    When we wanted to have an addition on our house we went to our neighbor Roger. Three additions and a major kitchen remodel later and everything was always done right with no complaints. We couldn’t have had a better contractor and neighbor.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Judy, Jeff, LeeAnn and their family’s.

  10. LARRY & SUSAN ANSTETT on June 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

  11. LARRY & SUSAN ANSTETT on June 2, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Judy and family,
    Our deepest sympathy to you all for your loss. Roger was such a gentleman. He and Jeff built our house 21 years ago and did such a wonderful job. May you find comfort in your memories.

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