Posted: Jun 26, 2013 4:29 PM
Updated: Jun 26, 2013 4:29 PM
Dick Vanderby, 92, completed his earthly journey and went to be with his Lord on June 24, 2013.
Dick was born in Columbus, Montana, on July 19, 1920, to John and Grace Vanderby. His three sisters, Sadie Staal, Jo Ypma, Nellie Karp VanDyken, and one brother Ray Vanderby all preceded him in death. Dick had many fond memories of his early years on a farm in Columbus and never turned down an opportunity to visit that area and reminisce with family and friends. At age 12 Dick's family moved to the Gallatin Valley. It was here that he met and married Martha Vander Molen, his wife of almost 72 years. After living in many parts of the valley, they settled in Manhattan where they lived in the same house for 60 years before moving to Parkhaven Retirement Home in 2010.
Farming was Dick's primary occupation but he held many other jobs to provide for his family. Among them were store clerk, milk truck driver, carpenter, hunting guide, ditch tender and horse breeder. His love of the outdoors gave him many memorable experiences. Autumn brought the hunting season which was not only enjoyable but it provided most of the meat for his family. It also led to his hunting guide work which he did every fall for many years. For many years, Dick and his sons and friends enjoyed the challenge of hunting bobcats and lions with specially trained hounds.
Dick loved horses from the time he got his first one at a very early age. Early on he developed an interest in the Appaloosa breed which led to many years of involvement with the Appaloosa Horse Club. His position on the board gave him many opportunities for travel and meeting people from all over. He enjoyed being a rider, assistant trail boss as well as trail boss in the Chief Joseph Trail Ride for more than 25 years. He rented horses out to riders from many different areas who participated in the ride.
Dick also enjoyed sports. He was involved in coaching Babe Ruth teams for many years and later Dick traveled the state umpiring games for the league. For many years, high school basketball games were enjoyed from his front row seat as the clock keeper.
Dick was able to serve his Lord during his 50+ years with the Gideons. Placing Bibles, visiting churches, and even bringing the message in some churches without pastors always brought him joy. His church played an important part in his life with evangelism being an important focus.
Dick will be missed by his children Dwayne (Wilma) of Manhattan, Doris (Paul) Anema of Ripon, CA, Wilson (Shirley) of Edgerton, MN, John (Sherri)of Modesto, CA, Terry of Seattle, WA, and Dirk (JoAnne) of Manhattan. He also leaves 16 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 7 great, great grandchildren. In addition to his wife, parents and siblings, Dick was preceded in death by 5 grandchildren.
A special thank you to the staff at ParkHaven and Hospice. Rememberances may be made to the Gideons, Post Office Box 140800 Nashville, TN 37214-0800 or Rocky Mountain Hospice, 301 Edelweiss Dr. #5, Bozeman, MT 59718.
Visitation will be held Sunday, June 30, from 3pm-5pm at Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. Visitation will also be held Monday, July 1, at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Churchill Cemetery at 2 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at Manhattan Christian Reformed Church at 3 p.m.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service. www.dokkennelson.com