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LeRoy Henry "Roy" VanDenburg

LeRoy Henry "Roy" VanDenburg
  • September 3, 1929 - January 18, 2019
  • Hastings, Michigan

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“Sue and family sorry to hear of your dads passing. I'll never forget his kind smile and how enjoyed heading north for the weekend! May the memories...Read More »
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LeRoy Henry "Roy" VanDenburg, age 89 of Hastings, Michigan, left his home on earth to be in his home in Heaven to be with Jesus. He left this earth on January 18, 2019 from Thornapple Manor in Hastings, Michigan where he was being lovingly cared for.

Roy was born September 3, 1929 in Muskegon, Michigan to Charles W. and Lily (Hill) VanDenburg. He graduated from Nashville, Michigan High School and joined the U.S. Navy in 1948. Roy was in boot camp at Great Lakes and was an electrician on salvage and rescue ships while stationed in San Francisco, Hawaii and Alaska, until being honorably discharged in 1950. He was employed at Hastings Manufacturing and then at Kellogg's for 22 years. He owned and operated a gas station for six years, drove a bus for Union City Schools, before working as a mechanic for K-Mart for six years. He was also employed at Hill Piston Auto Parts for 12 years.

He was formerly married to Delores Mallison and Wanda Smith. Roy married Charlotte "Char" (Bishop) Scott on May 7, 1994. Surviving are his wife, Char; daughters, Beverly Ainsworth, Suzanne (Tony) Bogdan; son, David VanDenburg; stepsons, Gordon and Steve Maxson, Jeffrey (JoAnn) Roberts; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Wesley and Fred VanDenburg.

Roy was a Cub Scout Leader and belonged to the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing and camping. He and Char also liked traveling, taking walks, solving crossword and jigsaw puzzles and reading the Bible and other books together.

Friends will be received 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2019 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday. Military honors and committal will follow at Ft. Custer National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2019. Memorial contributions may be made to Thornapple Manor, 2700 Nashville Rd., Hastings, MI 49058. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.