John R. Vandervoort
John R. Vandervoort (BS Mech Egr ‘49) of Delton, Mich. (formerly of Richland), died at his residence with his family at his side, on September 7, 2011, at the age of 86. He was born in Battle Creek, Mich., on December 9, 1924, to Charles M. and Eloise (Dehn) Vandervoort. He grew up in Battle Creek and Augusta and was a 1942 graduate of W.K. Kellogg Agricultural School.
Vandervoort served with the U.S. Army Office of Strategic Service in China, Burma, and India during WWlI. After the service, he received his BS from MSU. He retired as chief engineer of Eaton Corporation Transmission Division in 1989, after 32 years of service. He was a member of the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers and the Society of Automotive Engineers.
He married Pamela J. Kimmel on July 16, 1955, in East Lansing, Mich. Vandervoort was a member of New Hope Covenant Church in Richland, where he held a variety of leadership positions. He pioneered water skiing in the Gull Lake Area. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed downhill skiing, playing softball, boat building and restoration, and gardening.
Surviving are Pam, his wife of 56 years; three sons—John K. (Julie) Vandervoort of Delton, and David C. Vandervoort and Richard D. (Amy) Vandervoort both of Seattle, Wash.; four grandchildren—Rebecca, Jake, Benjamin, and Luella; and two brothers—Robert (lbelma) Vandervoort of Okemos and William (Virginia) Vandervoort of Richfield, Ohio. John was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ellen MacQueen; and three brothers—Millard, Hennan, and Quentin Vandervoort.