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Robert Lee Vanden
Feb. 12, 1947 - Jul. 23, 2020

Robert Lee Vanden, 73, died last Thursday morning, July 23, 2020, from natural causes.
Robert was a kind and supportive husband, father, brother, colleague, coach and friend. He was born February 12, 1947 in Elkins, West Virginia and attended high school in Aldine, Texas. The oldest of four sons, he was the first in his family to graduate from college and earned his degree from University of Houston. As a real estate banker, Robert built and managed national lending programs for Gill Savings, Local Federal Bank, and First Fidelity Bank. His passion for sports spanned his early achievements as a baseball and basketball player for Aldine High School, his volunteer coaching days for the Catholic middle school teams of Oklahoma City and his lifelong love for the Houston Rockets and Astros.
He is survived by his wife Dianne Vanden, his son David Vanden, his daughter Joanna Vanden, his brother Bert Vanden and wife Ursula Vanden, his step-grandson Garrett Cain and numerous extended family members and friends.
He is preceded by his father Arthur Vanden, mother Lena Roberts, brother Leslie Vanden, brother Roy Vanden and his first wife Jo Vanden.
A memorial will be held virtually on Sunday, August 9th, at 3:00pm CT. For details contact David or Joanna Vanden directly.

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Published in Oklahoman on Jul. 29, 2020.
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August 7, 2020
such a wonderful person, loved working for him at Gill Savings
rest in peace
Sonja Judd
August 4, 2020
I met Bob 60 years ago as a classmate and baseball teammate. We played League Baseball for many years and I will always remember his pitching ability helping us win the championship. He was skilled, hard-working, very determined, and well-liked by all. Gone way too soon by today's standards. My sincerest condolences to Diane, Joanna, David, and the Vanden family.
Charles Young
July 31, 2020
30 years ago Robert and I first met at a meeting seeking volunteers to coach middle school basketball. For 4 years we enjoyed watching those young girls, including our daughters, mature and grow. From the first practice to the last game we enjoyed our time together. So sorry for your loss Joanna and David.
Bob Clemons
July 30, 2020
Many memorable baseball games. RIP Bob
Jenaro Avalos
July 30, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
July 30, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Bob, buddy, I wish you happy trails. From an Aldine High School 1965 Classmate.
Larry J Zajicek
July 29, 2020
So sad to see this. Robert was a treasure. He spent years coaching basketball teams at bishop John Carroll school. He had a knowledge and love of the game but also brought a calmness that was rare for a coach. I taught with his first wife jo who was also a joy. So sorry for your loss.
Carol Heinen
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