Sid Vander Ploeg
1949 - 2020
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Sid Vander Ploeg

Ankeny - Sidney G. Vander Ploeg was born in Des Moines, Iowa on November 2, 1949 to Roy Vander Ploeg and Almeda (Green) Vander Ploeg. He left for his heavenly home on Sunday, September 13, 2020 after a brief illness. Sid was raised on a farm in Monroe, Iowa and graduated from Monroe High School in 1968 where he was active in sports. He graduated from Des Moines Area Community College, and spent the majority of his adult life in the lumber business and building trades. He served 10 years in the Army Reserves.

On August 15, 1970 Sid married his best friend and life partner, Diane (Pendroy) Vander Ploeg. For the past 42 years they made their home in Ankeny, Iowa but Sid made friends throughout the state of Iowa and the entire country. He never met a stranger and throughout the years he provided encouragement and counsel to all who found him to be an excellent listener. Sid was a man of integrity who always put his family first and was a most loving and caring husband, father, papa, son, brother, cousin, brother-in-law, uncle and friend.

Sid enjoyed many activities, but at the very top of his list was spending time on his conservation farm with his family and friends. This farm provided several years of joy to Sid as he planted prairie flowers, managed food plots, identified butterflies, caught fish, enjoyed sunrises and sunsets on the deck, and harvested deer and turkey with his beloved grandsons who were clearly the light of his life. He was thankful for the many friends he made during his time on the farm. Sid enjoyed many hunts out West and his favorite was antelope hunting in Wyoming. Sid was a member of the Ankeny Presbyterian Church where he served several years a youth leader and as a deacon.

In addition to his wife, Sid will be greatly missed by his sons Samran Vander Ploeg and Son Le (Christina) , his adored twin grandsons Kayden Vander Ploeg and Kyler Vander Ploeg, Sister: Priscilla Peterson (Pete) and their sons Andrew and E.J.; brother Craig Vander Ploeg and his children, Jenny, Jill and Chad. He is also survived by his beloved brothers-in-law and their families who brought much joy to his life, cousins, and a host of friends. including many new friends he made on Facebook whom he greatly enjoyed corresponding with.

Sid joined his parents, sister-in-law Janet (Pendroy) Bacus, son Hung Luu and in-laws Dale Pendroy and Mae Pendroy when he entered the Kingdom of Heaven.

Due to Covid concerns and Sid's emphasis on safety during this time there will be no public funeral. If you wish to honor Sid make someone smile today, play a joke on someone, hug the ones you love, enjoy nature and cherish the time you have here on earth.

If you wish to make a memorial contribution, please consider the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at

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Published in the Des Moines Register from Sep. 15 to Sep. 16, 2020.
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September 20, 2020
We will miss your ever present smile and joyful laugh at family gatherings. You were a wonderful person who truly cared for family. You have gone too soon and it’s still hard to believe you are no longer here. May you rest in comfort and peace in God’s abundant paradise.
Allison Pendroy
September 17, 2020
Although we never met Sid, we know that Diane will miss him. I would hear about him when Diane would talk about family on our trips to Philadelphia and Chicago (and Atlantic City). Becky and I send our deep felt condolences. Jim and Becky Opoien
Jim and Becky Opoien
September 17, 2020
Daddy I love you and I miss you so much wish I could have been there the last 6 weeks of tour life but I know ur ina better place and ill do my best to take care of Grammy I loce you daddy
Samran vander plpef
September 16, 2020
Sid & I met through a mutual friend! We only met on FB, and had so much in common! I've had one other good friend like Sid on the computer, his name was Charlie! I lot Charlie to a heart attack, and then God sent Sid to me! Now Sid is gone from us, I feel like I lost my brother! A brother I never had, but always wanted! This friendship meant so much to me! I have a younger and an older brother, but they were not good brothers! Charlie & Sid filled that void in my life! I will cherish the time, the conversations & great advice they gave me! God Bless You, Brother! Peace be with you Diane & Family! Thanks for sharing him!!
September 15, 2020
To the family of Sid Vander Ploeg,
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew several of you from high school in Monroe. May God comfort you as you share precious memories of your loved one.
Jan (Cowman) Miller
Tacoma, WA
Jan Miller
September 15, 2020
A good friend from the first day I met Sid. That was during a hunting trip in Wyoming. God bless.
John Johnson
September 15, 2020
I only had the pleasure of knowing sid on Facebook yet he still was like an old friend to me. On numerous occasions he reached out to me in my times of need to lend me words of encouragement and advice. We arrowhead hunted the same area in Hancock county Illinois and Adams county Illinois and had many long conversations about our rocks. He will be deeply missed. RIP brother
Shannon O'Day
September 15, 2020
We were glad to sell Sid his farm. So glad that he enjoyed coming down. He will be missed in southern Iowa.
Jerry and Terri Hatfield
September 15, 2020
He was the funniest most loving Uncle. We shared many laughs with him and lots of him teasing us. I will always cherish my memories of him as a child and adult. I love you Uncle Sid rest in peace.
Melissa Pendroy Pool
September 15, 2020
Great friend and neighbor will be greatly missed.
Debera Richmond
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