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Lloyd Julian James Vandertie, 89 of Brussels, died peacefully Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014 at his home farm with his family beside him. Lloyd was born to George and Laura (Delfosse) Vandertie on February 5, 1925 in Brussels. He married Joyce DeKeyser on January 10, 1959, recently celebrating their 55th Wedding Anniversary. He was a beloved husband and a hero to his four children who admired him for his constant strength, compassion and important lessons he taught them in life about working hard and working together, being honest, respectful and always trusting in the Lord.
Lloyd attended Brussels Grade School and enjoyed playing percussion. One of his proudest moments during school was performing at the State Fair with a group of classmates and receiving a blue ribbon for their production of Captain Hook and the Pirates. After finishing school he dedicated his life to working on the family farm while kindly taking care of his mom and dad. After marrying Joyce, they continued to farm together in Brussels and Lloyd drove gas truck for Bill Lawrie. Lloyd also drove bus for the Southern Door School District for 20 years, until 1979. It always made him happy when former students, now adults, approached him to share fond memories of riding his bus (some say he always gave the best treats at Christmas) and it was a job he took great pride in. During this time he also spent nearly 15 years custom combining. He enjoyed going neighbor to neighbor sharing machinery and helping to harvest their crops. Lloyd and Joyce also owned and operated Vandertie's Blue Room in Brussels (Rourer's Grand Slam) in the late 1970's.
During his lifetime, Lloyd enjoyed dancing, fishing, watching the Packers, playing cooyah and patuh, and deer hunting with his children and grandchildren. His deer hunting walkie-talkie handle during each hunting season was the "Belgian Buck". He also enjoyed listening to classic country and polka music. Lloyd's "grand-dogs", Eli and Riley provided hours of entertainment and companionship. He was especially proud of his family and treasured the time spent together, visiting and riding the Ranger around the farm. Every visit ended with a hug, kiss, "I love you" and "Have a good day tomorrow." Lloyd was a life-time parishioner of St. Francis-St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brussels.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Laura and his brother Patrick.
Lloyd is survived by his wife Joyce (DeKeyser) of Brussels; a daughter Christine (Brian) Paplham, Kewaunee; sons Christopher (Sharon Landweher) Vandertie, Curt (Sarah) Vandertie, and Cory Vandertie, all of Brussels. Grandchildren: Jason (Jessica) Thor and Hunter Paplham, Kewaunee; Dennis Vandertie (special friend Amanda and great grandbaby on the way), Brussels; Crystal Vandertie (special friend Jeremy), Sturgeon Bay; Landon & Lillian Vandertie, Brussels; Danny Vandertie, Sturgeon Bay; Great Grandchildren Kayla & Kimberly Robertoy, Sturgeon Bay; Hayden & baby girl Thor, Kewaunee. He is also survived by sister-in-law, Rose Mae Vandertie and nephews, Gary and Dean Vandertie all of Brussels; dear family friends, Ellen Mommaerts, Green Bay; Jim and Gloria Vandertie, Kewaunee.
Family and friends may call at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay on Sunday, April 20 from 3:00-8:00pm with a parish wake service at 7:00pm. Visitation will continue on Monday, April 21 at St. Francis/St. Mary's Catholic Church in Brussels beginning at 10:00am with a mass of Christian burial at 11:00am.
The family wishes to thank the Brussels community and extended family and friends for their continuous prayers and kind words of support. Dad loved you all!
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in memory of Lloyd is being established.
Forbes Funeral Home & Cremations - Sturgeon Bay
319 West Spruce Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Published in Door County Advocate from Apr. 16 to Apr. 19, 2014