Ramon Vanderpool

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Ramon P. Vanderpool
May 10, 1924 - September 1, 2015
Ramon Philip Vanderpool, a minister in the Church of the Nazarene, obtained his eternal reward on September 1, 2015. He was born in Colorado Springs on May 10, 1924, the son of a Nazarene pastor. In high school, he traveled with an NNC music group, and later attended college there. His education was interrupted by WWII, when he joined the Navy and eventually commanded a Landing Craft Infantry in the Pacific. After the war, he married the love of his life, Ardeth Mary Grover, on June 27, 1946, and started his first pastorate in Elgin, Oregon. He continued his education at Nazarene Theological Seminary and went on to pastor Nazarene churches in Olathe, Kansas; McMinnville, Oregon; Kent, Washington; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Portland, Oregon. He was a builder of character and of churches, and led construction of church buildings in Olathe and Kent. People were not the same after meeting him, and churches he pastored were strengthened numerically, physically, and spiritually.
Along the way, Ramon also helped distribute Christian music in bookstores around the nation and assisted people with hearing problems through hearing aid service. He and his wife enjoyed retirement in Anacortes, Washington, where he completed many projects, including stained glass windows still on display in churches and homes. The family expresses appreciation to Park Place Assisted Living and Journeys Hospice for their wonderful and loving care in Ramon's declining years.
Ramon is preceded in death by his parents, Dr. D.I. and Edith Vanderpool; stepmother, Emma; and his brothers Wilford and Crawford. He is survived by his wife, Ardie; three sons and their wives, RG (Janice), Doug (Jean), and Brad (Linda); eight grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Jacquelyn, Joanna (Jeremy Black), Nathan (Andrea), Jon (Sara), Timothy, and Jeremy (Shelby); six great-grandchildren, Ella, Jenny, Meegan, Kenna, Audrey, and Colette; and his sister, Ramona.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at 11:00 am at College Church of the Nazarene, 504 E Dewey Ave, Nampa.
Donations in his memory may be made to any Nazarene pastor in need.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Sept. 6, 2015
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