Vernon Vandenberg. Submitted photo
Vernon Vandenberg. Submitted photo

Vernon A. Vandenberg, 99, died peacefully with his family at his bedside on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Baldwin Care Center. Vernon was born February 29, 1920 at home in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin to parents Ernest & Jennie (Lindus) Vandenberg. He graduated from Baldwin High School. He proudly served in U.S. Navy for three years during WWII as a carpenter's mate first class.

Vernon went on to work as a painter and wallpaper installer out of his own shop in Baldwin for a few years. After closing the shop, he started a beef farm. Vernon had a great love of hunting and fishing. He lived at home with the support of good neighbors, friends, and family until the age of 98. Vernon’s family would like to extend a heart-filled thank you to the staff at Baldwin Care Center, Adoray Hospice, and all who cared for him over the past few months. It has been greatly appreciated.

Vernon is survived by his nieces and nephews, James (Terry) Vandenberg, Gerald (Nancy) Vandenberg, Jill (Bruce Anderson) Falde, Dennis Vandenberg, and Janet Lane; step-grandchildren, Honorine (Steve) Gedatus, Maurice (Greg) Schillinger, Michelle (Todd) Lecander; and stepdaughter-in-law, Nancy Rud.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Jennie; two brothers, Orval and Russell; sisters-in-law, Frances and Ruby; nephews, Richard, Steven, and Stanley; and his faithful canine companion, Pete.

A memorial gathering for Vernon will be held in Monday, May 13 from 10:30-1:00 p.m. at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Baldwin, with a public sharing of memories at 11:00 a.m, followed by a lunch. Interment with Military Honors will take place at Woodside Cemetery, Baldwin, following the memorial luncheon. Memorials are preferred to Adoray Hospice, 2231 Hwy. 12 Suite 201, Baldwin, WI 54002, or to the St. Croix County Animal Friends, P.O. Box 1169, Hudson, WI 54016.