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Billy Douglas Vandaveer, 87, of Granite City, Ill., born Oct. 2, 1926, in Marked Tree, Ark., died at 2:55 a.m. Friday, June 13, 2014, at Granite City Nursing and Rehab in Granite City, Ill.
Billy retired from the railroad as a train master after working for 43 years for the Nickle Plate Road Railroad, Norfolk and Western Railroad and Norfolk Southern Railroad. He served in the United States Army during World War II, serving on the Island of Leyte in the Philippine Islands. He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Victory Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Madison, Ill., and a life member of the VFW Post 1300 in Granite City, Ill. He also enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doloris Mariann, nee Spinks, Vandaveer, whom he married on Jan. 21, 1948, in Greenville, Ill.; two sons in infancy, Raymond and Lawrence Vandaveer; a great-granddaughter, Cameron Nicole Vandaveer; and his parents, Emmet and Rozella, nee House, Vandaveer.
Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Timothy D. and Sandra Vandaveer of Granite City; three grandchildren, Timothy W. and his wife Tara, Michael T. and his wife Ashley, and Samantha A. Vandaveer and her fiance Shaun Benyer; and five great-grandchildren, Addison Laine and Andrew Raymond, William Benyr, Alia Gudino, Alexis Vandaveer and Alexander Vandaveer.
Funeral: The family will have a Funeral Mass Monday, June 23, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary and St. Mark Catholic Church, 1621 10th Street, Madison, Ill.
WOJSTROM FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, Granite City, Ill.
Wojstrom Funeral Home & Crematory
3939 Lake Drive Granite City, IL 62040
(618) 931- 3939
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on June 19, 2014