Donald James Vanderwall

Feb. 18, 2014

Donald James Vanderwall (BS Mech Egr '50) of Mercer Island, Wash., and formerly of Muskegon, Mich., died Feb. 11, 2014, in Bellevue, Wash. He was 91.

Vanderwall was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Muskegon to the late Edward and Bertha (Hanekamp) Vanderwall and was also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret, and his sister, Stella Wagner.

He graduated in 1940 from Muskegon High School and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University in 1950.

Vanderwall served his country in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the European Theatre as a First Lieutenant and B24 bomber pilot. He had lived in King County, Wash., since 1950, with the past 46 years on Mercer Island.

He was an aeronautical engineer for 43 years for the Boeing Company, retiring in 1991. He enjoyed fishing, skiing, dancing, gardening, swimming and snorkeling and was a longtime member of the Mercer Island Covenant Church.

He is survived by his two sons, Bruce (Ann) Vanderwall of Seattle, and Mark (Lynn) Vanderwall of Mercer Island; two daughters, Barbara Brown of Lake Oswego, Ore., and M. Jane (Andy) Person-Nydam of Olympia; three brothers, Elmer Vanderwall of Dayton, Tenn., Harold (Wilma) Vanderwall of Fullerton, Calif., and James (Donna) Vanderwall of La Quinta, Calif., and eight grandchildren.

Graveside services were Feb. 22, 2014, at Sunset Hills Memorial Park in Bellevue.

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