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Michael William VanDam

Kalamazoo, Michigan

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VanDam, Michael William Kalamazoo, MI Passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Age 67. Michael was born in Jackson, MI on November 17, 1947, the son of William and Patricia (Dixon) VanDam. He served with the United States Marine Corps in Hotel Company 2nd Batallion 26th Marines during the...

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I am standing on the seashore, a ship sails in the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
He is an object of beauty and I stand watching him till at last he fades on the horizon and someone at my side says: "He is gone."
Gone!
Where
Gone from my sight that is all.
He is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as he was when I saw him, and just as able to bear his load of living freight to its destination.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time of grief and loss. We hope you find some peace in spending time with family and loved ones.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

I'm sending my thoughts and prayers to the family. I always enjoyed stopping to visit with mike when I saw him working in the yard while I was on patrol. My condolences.

My condolences to family,
I'll bet Mike right now is telling St. Pete that one about the rabbi, the minister and the priest. Keep em laughing Mikey. You sure did when you were here. Your Upjohn pal,

So glad for the time we got to spend at Clifford Lake with Mike the past few years. He will be forever remembered in our hearts! Our sympathy to you all. Love, Robin and Jean

Beth, I'm so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. You all are in all my prayers.

Sorry for your loss.
R.I.P. Marine
2/26 Marines Hotel Co. 67/68
Joe Ballentine

Beth & family,
So sorry for your loss. Even though we only knew Mike for a short time. They were good times at our Hotel Company 226 reunions or at the get togethers at Clifford Lake, MI. Can't forget the "rocking and rolling" teasing Joe gave you guys one year at the lake. Semper Fi, Mike.
Until we meet again, Eileen & Joe Derian