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Art VanBodegraven Jr.

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VanBodegraven Art VanBodegraven Jr., of Powell, passed away Sunday, June 18, 2017. He was born on August 4, 1939 in Hammond, Indiana to the late Art VanBodegraven and Hilda Boersma VanBodegraven. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Phyllis; and their four children, Julie (Steve) Greenwald, Elizabeth (Tom Daniels), David (Andrew Gadek) and Jonathan (Sandra). He adored his grandchildren and they adored him back, Dillon (Mari Maki) Sheehy, Nick Alarcon, Jessica and Ryan Greenwald, Donovan and Aiden VanBodegraven. Art rose from his hardscrabble childhood to attend Purdue University. Although a Boilermaker by education, he was a Buckeye at heart, cheering them to victory at many Bowl games. He and Phyllis loved to travel and enjoyed many international trips, with special memories of Amsterdam, London and Vietnam. He was a gifted linguist and an insatiable learner, which made new cultures and experiences irresistible to him. He took his family on many travel adventures as he couldn't imagine a vacation without including the kids, and later grandkids, in on the fun. Art was a proud veteran of the US Army, having served as an Intelligence Officer (or as his grandkids liked to say, a "spy"), stationed in Korea. He spent much of his career in consulting, developing an affinity for Supply Chain Management. After retiring from Coopers & Lybrand, he expanded his practices across international companies. In recent years, he pursued his passion of developing the next generation of Supply Chain professionals and enjoyed leading workshops for the CSCMP. Art was a prolific writer, co-authoring Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management, and a frequent blogger, with weekly musings on DC Velocity's The Art of Art. Art will be remembered for his kindness, generosity of spirit, intelligence, rapier wit, twinkling blue eyes and love of a good dessert. He taught his family the value of a strong work ethic, a love of artwork and that even a bad pun can be funny. His strength carried him to his victory over pancreatic cancer, having survived nearly 9-years post diagnosis. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (www.pancan.org). A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 20, 2017
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