Vander Aarde, John Robert
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John Robert (Bob) Age 88, of Apple Valley, MN and Naples, FL. Passed away peacefully on November 19, 2013 after having been surrounded by family members. Bob was born in Canova, South Dakota on June 18th, 1925. He proudly served his Country in the South Pacific in World War II and then reenlisted in the Korean War and served as a Medic. Bob was a successful entrepreneur having founded, owned and operated a chain of Robert Drug Stores and Ardelle's Hallmark Gift Stores located throughout the Twin Cities Area. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all. Bob is preceded in death by his wife Ardelle Vander Aarde and parents John and Grace Vander Aarde. He is survived by his children; Bill (Myla), Susan (Lonnie) Bryan, Thomas (Coni), Nancy (Michael) Hodson, Jane (Gerard) Berenz, Julie O'Donnell, John (Elizabeth) and James Vander Aarde; 19 grandchildren, Charles, Sarah, Mychal, Peter, Taylor, Luke, Mark, Bobby, Claire, Joseph, Katy, Laura, Eric, Scott, Molly, Abbey, Jack, Sam, and Max; 6 great grandchildren, Calvin, Billy, Edward, Thomas, Bailey, and Penelope. The family wishes to thank the staff at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville for their care and support during his final days. There will be a Memorial visitation of family and friends on Thursday, November 21 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at the White Funeral Home, 12804 Nicollet Ave. S., Burnsville (952 894 5080). Private interment for family to follow at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Friday November 22. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Wounded Warrior Project (www.woundedwarriorproject.org) White Funeral Home Burnsville 952-894-5080 www.whitefuneralhomes.com
Published in The Argus Leader on Nov. 21, 2013