David Harris Vandertill
Visitation: Monday, June 26, from 10 - 11 am at Raybrook Chapel, 2121 Raybrook St. SE, followed by the service at 11 am
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David Harris Vandertill
David Harris Vandertill, age 86, passed away and entered his Heavenly home with assistance from endless ranks of angels. He died June 17, 2023, in the same hospital where he was born September 21, 1936. His death resulted from complications of an accidental fall in his apartment room. He was predeceased by his parents Angie and Louie Vandertill, brother and sister-in-law Louis and June Vandertill, sister and brother-in-law Joy and John Borst, and niece Mary Borst Dykhouse. He is survived and dearly missed by many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews. He loved them all with a warm heart and relished in the fact that he “could be so great”. David was born with a rare case of Marfan Syndrome and not expected to live past the age of 30. Upon earning a 9th grade diploma from Oakdale Christian School, David worked in a local city greenhouse for a couple of years. While his physical ailment challenged him in his daily walk of life, he enjoyed a happy and healthy lifestyle with family members in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Lake Worth, Florida, Gun Lake, and Cutlerville. He enjoyed daily chores and errands, but he especially loved long afternoon walks and bike rides that took him miles around town. He spent summers taking care of the family cottage and driving his beloved motorboat around the lake. He was popularly known as a caretaker of Gun Lake Chapel and performed volunteer work at First Cutlerville Christian Reformed Church. He also delivered mail for several years in Raybrook Manor. David was known for his quick wit, clever puns, and love of laughter. He radiated joy and friendliness to everyone with whom he made contact, and he possessed the gift of engaging others by chatting about anything. David displayed fine character and was a man of strong Christian faith who loved attending church services and activities. His positive nature, resilient humor, and endearing spirit forever lives in all who knew and loved him. A service of life celebration will be held on Monday, June 26 in the Raybrook Chapel, 2121 Raybrook St. SE, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour before the service. Please consider donating in honor of David to the general fund of Gun Lake Chapel or the Benevolence Fund at the Holland Home.
STROO FUNERAL HOME
1095 68TH ST SE
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