Long time Rockford auto dealer passes away

For over 20 years, Merrill Vander Syde was a well known figure in the automotive industry in Rockford. Not only was he a prominent businessman in the local area community, but a huge fan of the Buick line of vehicles developed by General Motors. Merrill was a 40 year member of the Buick Club of America (BCA), and was enthusiastic with ‘anything and everything’ car related. He was a good father to his four sons, and a devoted husband to his wife, Ruegina. He loved to travel with his wife, and always inspired his sons to work hard.

The Funeral Service for Mr. Vander Syde was held at the Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel, Wyoming last week Friday, July 12.

 

 

 

As one of the final tributes to Mr. Vander Syde, his wife and four sons are pictured in front of Stegenga Funeral Chapel displaying three of his favorite Buick vehicles; white – 1965 Buick Riviera, red – 1965 Buick Riviera. Pictured are: back row- Geffery Vander Syde, Gregory Vander Syde, Dennis Vander Syde, Donald Vander Syde, center front– wife, Ruegina Vander Syde.

As one of the final tributes to Mr. Vander Syde, his wife and four sons are pictured in front of Stegenga Funeral Chapel displaying three of his favorite Buick vehicles; white – 1965 Buick Riviera, red – 1965 Buick Riviera. Pictured are: back row- Geffery Vander Syde, Gregory Vander Syde, Dennis Vander Syde, Donald Vander Syde, center front– wife, Ruegina Vander Syde.

VANDER SYDE (Rockford) – Mr. Merrill Vander Syde, age 75, passed away at his residence on July 7, 2013. Merrill was born on June 11, 1938 in Matlock, Iowa. He was employed with Keeler Brass as a machine operator for 33 years. Mr. Vander Syde was the proud owner of Vander Syde Motor Sales in Rockford for 20 years. He was a 40 year member of the Buick Club of America (BCA). Merrill was a good father, hard worker and he inspired others to work hard. He loved to travel and was an ‘enthusiastic car guy’. Mr. Vander Syde is survived by his loving wife, Ruegina; children, Dennis Lee (Roberta) Vander Syde, Gregory Alan (Nancy) Vander Syde, Donald Ray Vander Syde, and Geffery Dean Vander Syde; 10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister, Henrietta (Garrett) Tilstra; several brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Merrill was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius and Minnie; sisters, Katherine Vander Syde and Magdalene; grandchildren, Eric and Caleb; and brother, Tony. The Funeral Service for Mr. Vander Syde will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Ronan-Vanderpool-Stegenga Funeral Chapel, 3131 S. Division Ave., Wyoming, with Rev. John Paepke officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the Vander Syde family at the Stegenga Funeral Chapel (note: Belmont location), 1601 Post Dr. on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the Wyoming Chapel. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Mel Trotter Ministries.

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