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Larry Vanderbeek

Larry Dean Vanderbeek, 65, of Germantown, Ohio, died unexpectedly on Friday, October 4, 2013.  Larry was born in Illinois to the late Dr. Bernard and Genevieve Vanderbeek, founder of the First Presbyterian Church in Holland Michigan.  Larry is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 43 years, Jean (Culley) Vanderbeek.  Also surviving are his daughters Cindy Vanderbeek-Dunn (Brian) of Mason and Amy Manning (Rikk) of Farmersville and grandchildren Branden and Avery Dunn, Kira and Lily Manning.  His daughter Carrie Vanderbeek preceded him in death.
Larry was a kind and loving husband, father, son, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, hiking in the woods, walking the beaches of the Carolinas and travelling around the world with his wife.  His grandchildren will remember their Opa as the vivacious grandfather that encouraged and participated in their mischievous acts.  Larry enjoyed home improvement projects in the house he and Jean designed.  His favorite past times were watching various activities his children and grandchildren participated in and rooting for the University of Tennessee and WVU football teams…especially when they were winning.
Larry was a graduate of Morris Harvey College in Charleston, WV and earned an MBA from West Virginia University. He spent his professional career with Mead, Meadwestvaco and retired as an ERP Consultant. After his retirement, he worked as a Senior SAP consultant for NewPage. Larry loved to work in his garden and was a seasonal employee for Bern’s Garden Center. Larry unselfishly contributed his talents as chairperson of the Valley View Water and Sewer District.
Also surviving are his siblings, Dr. Randall Vanderbeek and wife Patty of Asheville, NC, Don Vanderbeek of Malibu, CA (formerly of Germantown), Nancy Elliott of Athens, GA along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.  Larry was preceded in death by his sister Sally Hutchison, wife of Bill of Jaspar, GA.
Memorial service will be held Saturday, October 12th at 11:00 AM in the grassy area at the end of Old Mill Rd. in the Germantown Metro Parks.  Casual clothing recommended.  The family welcomes everyone to Jean and Larry’s home immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, tax deductible contributions may be made to The Muse Machine Carrie Vanderbeek Scholarship Fund, mailed to 7205 Stiver Road, Germantown, OH 45327.
Funeral arrangements are under Arpp and Root Funeral Home, www.arpprootfh.com.

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Dear Jean and Family, Larry's untimely death was announced this morning at Kanawha Presbyterian Church in Charleston, WV.Those of us who knew Larry were shocked by this sad news.Please know that you and your family are all in my thoughs and prayers. Most sincerely, Anne Ten Eyck Carroll

Anne Ten Eyck Carroll Oct 27 2013 12:00 AM

It is unfortunate for a family such as the Vanderbeeks to endure a loss as sudden and as staggering as this. My heart goes out to the entire family as you all have been, and will be, a very significant part of my life. This is truly a very sad moment. Respectfully, Brian Dycus

Brian Dycus Oct 9 2013 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to the entire family.Larry was always a pleasure to work with. He always went out of his way to help, no matter the circumstances. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bette Clark Oct 9 2013 12:00 AM

I wanted to offer my condolences to the Vanderbeek family at this time of great loss. Larry and I worked together at various times thoughout our Mead careers. Cindy may also remember me when she and I we worked together at the FSC. Larry was a kind and gentle man. He was a consummate professional. I am saddened by the news of his unexpected passing. My thoughts are with all of you at this time.

Gary Boeckman Oct 9 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Jean: We are so sorry to hear about Larry. Please accept our sincere condolences and know that we are praying for your family. Cindy - The loss of your dad is difficult.We have been there.Just stay close to Jean and help each other during this time, and know that there are a lot of people helping lift you all up in daily prayer. Sincerely, Paula and Steve Jackson

Steve and Paula Jackson Oct 9 2013 12:00 AM

our deepest sympathy to you and your family. may God send you peace and comfort during these difficult times. Please know we are here for you and would lend our hand in anything you may need. love, the DeGroats

matt and jenny degroat Oct 8 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Vanderbeek Family, I am very sorry and was very shocked about Larry's passing. I will keep you & your family in my prayers. I worked with Larry at MeadWestvaco for a few years and he was the most humble man I could ever meet. I liked engaging in conversations with him because he always had great things to say. Take care & God Bless. Larry is in a good place with the Lord and He will watch over him. Sincerely, Gary Garcia

Gary Garcia Oct 8 2013 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy and prayers to the Vanderbeek family.Larry will always be remembered for his quick wit, kindness and love of family.

Theresa and Kurt Schnabel Oct 8 2013 12:00 AM

Jean, my thoughts and prayers are centered on you and your family.Ed and I so enjoyed talking with you and Larry at the retirement event this past spring.My love to all of you..

Jan Teets Oct 8 2013 12:00 AM

Cindy, I can't imagine the sadness you must be feeling from the loss of your beloved father. My heartfelt condolences to you and the family.Suresh

Suresh Cherukuri Oct 8 2013 12:00 AM

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