On Monday, April 29, 2013, our heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom and love, called to Himself Richard John Vander Deen in his 52nd year. Throughout his battle with leukemia, Richard rested day by day in God’s promises and grace. Beloved husband of Barbara for 31 years. Loving father of Michael & Rachel Vander Deen (Peter, Aaron, Nathaniel), Karen Vander Deen, Sarah & Jeremy Mulder (Robert, Matthew, Lucas, Timothy), Andrea Vander Deen (Derek), and David & Bethany Vander Deen. Cherished son of Ipe & Grace (2011) Vander Deen, and son-in-law of Clarence & Jane Dekker. Dear brother of Patricia & Rudy Heidelberg, Ivan & Diana Vander Deen, Irene & Charlie Dykxhoorn, Clarence & Irene Vander Deen, Sharon & Steve Talsma, and John & Teresa Vander Deen. Dear brother-in-law to Jack & Jane Dekker, Amy & George Hart, Gordon Dekker, Ben & Sandy Dekker, and predeceased by sisters-in-law Glenda Vriesema and Jenny Dekker. Richard will be missed by many uncles & aunts, nieces & nephews, colleagues, and friends. Special thanks to the wonderful oncology nurses and doctors at Victoria Hospital for their excellent and compassionate care. Visitation will be held at the Providence United Reformed Church at 447 Second Street in Strathroy from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, May 2nd. The funeral will be held on Friday, May 3 at 11:00 am at Providence United Reformed Church with Rev. Harry Zekveld officiating. Interment to follow in Strathroy Cemetery, with a luncheon afterwards at the church. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Hope Academy in Etobicoke. Online condolences accepted at www.denningfuneralhomes.com. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Richard.
Denning Bros Funeral Home