Mr. Gordon H. VanderBerg,
age 77, of Belmont passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009.
He grew up on the west side of Grand Rapids, and as a young man Gordon was active in Boy Scouts. After graduating from Union High School in 1950, he began working for Consumers Power Company. Gordon was drafted into the U.S. Army and served his country during the Korean War, receiving two bronze stars. After the military, Gordon returned to Consumers Power. Even after his retirement he went back and worked as an outside contractor.
Gordon met the love of his life, and on January 30, 1960. Astra and Gordon were married and would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this coming January.
Throughout their lives, Gordon and Astra were devoted to each other. There was a very special bond of closeness as husband and wife that made it obvious they were meant to be with one another, and those times were an expression of the love they had for each other. When Astra was working, Gordon would stop by and take her to lunch-the simplicity of togetherness.
Spending time at their cottage in Irons with Astra and his family was very special to Gordon. Dawn was his hunting and fishing partner, and best of all she enjoyed the quality time that they could spend together.
His grandchildren have a legacy of memories of their times with grandpa. Brittany delighted at every moment she could spend fishing with her grandfather (clad in her special chest waders). Brad remembers the hunter safety class they took together, and the memorable times of hunting and fishing with his grandfather.
Gordon is survived by his loving wife, Astra; daughter, Dawn Bussing and fiancé Derek Drudy of Rockford; and his very special grandchildren, Brittany and Brad Bussing, who were the light of his life. He is also survived by son, Doug VanderBerg of Cedar Springs; grandsons, Randy and Rusty; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Edna VanderBerg; and sister, Donna Knittle.
Gordon was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was loved by all and will be deeply missed.
The service for Gordon will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Kauffman officiating. Military honors will be under the auspices of the Kent County Veterans Honor Guard with interment in Blythefield Memory Gardens. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Relay For Life. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday.
Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.