Andrew Vander Vegt, of Cambridge, formerly of Mora, died on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at Grace Point Crossing West in Cambridge. He was 86 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICES will be at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, Feb. 17th at Quamba Baptist Church. VISITATION will be from 5:30-7:30 PM on Monday, Feb. 16th at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora. INTERMENT will be at Oakwood Cemetery.
Andrew Martin Vander Vegt went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at GracePoint Crossing in Cambridge MN.
Andy was born on November 27, 1922 to Fredrick and Jacoba (De Boer) Vander Vegt in Ogilvie Minnesota, the oldest of 7 children. Early in life the family moved to a farm near Pipestone, Minnesota and to southeastern Minnesota before moving back to Kanabec County where Andy worked with his parents and siblings on the family farm. He attended school in Kanabec County and graduated the 8th grade from Mora Schools.
During World War II, Andy and his brother Martin were drafted into the army. After final training on the Philippine island of Luzon, Andy and his fellow soldiers were en route to invade Japan when the war ended. After arriving in Japan he served in a military construction crew and spent the remainder of his time as a heavy equipment operator helping rebuild the Tokyo airport. He received an honorable discharge from the army on November 12, 1946.
Andy worked for a farmer in Washington, before returning to Minnesota where he worked on the family farm west of Ogilvie. There he met his future wife Sadie Werkhoven. They were married on April 12, 1950 at the Ogilvie Christian Reformed Church, then moved to a small rented farm near Knife Lake. In 1951 they purchased a farm in Comfort Township where they raised their family of 3 sons. Andy and Sadie remained on that farm until their retirement in 1985 at which time they moved to Westwood Circle in Mora, MN.
When Sadie contracted an aggressive form of rheumatoid arthritis, Andy took loving care of her until her death in May 1992. On January 27, 1996 he married Arlene Anderson, the widow of Rev. Elwood Anderson. After Andy suffered a stroke, they moved to a retirement community in Cambridge, MN. After a second stroke, Andy required full time care at the GracePoint Crossing West where he passed away. He was 86 years old.
Andy was noted for his farming expertise and received a number of awards for high milk production. His favorite pastimes included reading and fishing. He taught his children and grandchildren to fish and loved fishing with his brothers and friends. He also enjoyed making wooden toys, wooden lawn and yard decorations.
Throughout his life he remained true to his faith in God and was always faithful in his service for the Lord. He was a member of Ogilvie Reformed Church where he served on the consistory. In 1984 he and Sadie joined Quamba Baptist Church where he was active on the deacon board, building committee and in other various duties. After his marriage to Arlene, he joined Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mora where he was active in many roles supporting the church.
He is survived wife Arlene of Cambridge MN ; son and daughter in law, David and Sherrie of Mora, grandson Jonathon and wife Angel; granddaughter Lynn; son and daughter in law Stanley and Mely, grandchildren James and Monica of Torrance, CA.; son and daughter in law Jerry and Susan of Mora, grandchildren Mike, Amanda, Ryan and Alycia; brother and sister in law Fritz and Eileen of Ogilvie; brother and sister in law Hank and Betty of Milaca; brother and sister in law Gerald and Rose of Grand Rapids MI; sister and brother in law Jeanette and Richard Clark of Ogilvie; brother in law Bert Statema of Steward, MN; sister in law Bertha Vander Vegt of Concrete, WA, many nieces, nephews & friends.
Andy was preceded in death by his parents, wife Sadie, brother Martin, & sister Margaret.
Andy was loved by many people and will be greatly missed here on earth.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 17th at Quamba Baptist Church in Quamba. Rev. Ivan Fiske officiated. Music was provided by Pat Gabrielson and Phil Halvorson. Pallbearers were Mike Vander Vegt, James Vander Vegt, Jonathan Vander Vegt, Ryan Vander Vegt, John Teichroew and Melvin Kadlec. Military honors were provided by Mora American Legion Post 201. Interment was at Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.