OBITUARY

John S. Vanderpool

November 22, 1954April 8, 2019
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John Steven Vanderpool, 64, of Castle Rock, CO passed away on April 8, 2019 in the comfort of his own home surrounded by his family after his 13-month battle with brain cancer.

John is survived by his wife Janice of 40 years, daughter Jessica Vanderpool, son Justin Vanderpool, mother Doris Slanker, and lots of loving extended family and friends. John was a wonderful husband, father, son and friend.

John was born on November 22, 1954 in Dayton, Ohio. He met his loving wife Janice in high school and they knew they were soul mates. They were married in 1978 and had 2 children, Jessica and Justin. John graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois and with his Master’s degree from University of Kentucky. He lived in Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and then finally in his most loved place of Colorado.

John loved racing, bicycling, hiking, anything motorcycle related and sports. He always loved his time up in Dillon, from being on the boat with great friends and family to skiing. He loved being outdoors and being active. He also enjoyed his time at home at ‘The Ranch’ as he called it. He would spend a lot of his time working on his vehicles and taking care of the property. He also was an extremely intelligent man and a very hard worker that had a wonderful long career. He was able to travel the world and see many amazing places because of his work and because of his desire to see everything. He did a lot, saw a lot and lived a lot in the short time he was here.

Thank you to everyone at UC Health for all of their continued efforts throughout this journey. Thank you to the people at Agape Hospice Care for their support and kind words during his final days and after he crossed over. Also, thank you to Olinger Andrews Caldwell Gibson Chapel Funeral & Cremation for being very helpful and accommodating during this time. And a huge thank you to everyone at Plum Creek Church who have been wonderful throughout his life and after his passing. He loved being part of the congregation at Plum Creek Church.

“Act as if you’ll live forever, Live as if you’ll die tomorrow”

The Celebration of Life Services for John will start at 4:00 PM at Plum Creek Church, 960 I-25, Castle Rock, CO 80104 on Tuesday, April 16.

Services

  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

John S. Vanderpool

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Ron and Suzanne Byrne

April 18, 2019

We shared many great times in Dillon with John and Janice and cherish great memories. John was always quick with a smile and happy to spend quality time with us. He had a gift of making you feel very significant and important.

Margaret Kronmueller

April 16, 2019

Janice - Melissa and I are so thankful that we were able to meet and get to know John. Our hearts are broken for you; he was a special man and will be missed. We are holding you all up in prayer, and offer you all our love, support and lots of hugs ❤️

Susan Cunningham

April 16, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I was on the SYC Board with John. He was a kind, sincere and wonderful man. He was a supportive and gentle leader. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

Susan Cunningham

Lori Kishel

April 16, 2019

When we moved into our home on Enchantra in 2012, Janice became my first Colorado friend. Although my husband and I only stayed 4 years we had the opportunity to witness and experience many times the love and generosity Team Vanderpool had to share. My husband Eric was out of town when a snowstorm hit the area. We had at least 3 feet of snow in our driveway .. almost three years ago to this day John, my knight in shining armor, appeared out of nowhere. I looked out my window as the sun set to see lights going up and down the driveway as John made it possible for me to leave my house.
That was just one of several times both John & Janice came to my rescue. It brought tears to my eyes one day watching the two of them help dig me out. John with his faithful snowblower and Janice shoveling away .
You and your soft spoken quiet strength and positive energy will be missed John Vanderpool. Although many see you with your motorcycles I like to see you hiking Bell Mountain and the surrounding trails with your beautiful German Shepherd Stella by your side.
Our hearts are breaking for you and your family Janice . May God hold you up and give you strength and comfort as you say goodbye to your best friend and devoted husband. RIP sweet friend and neighbor.💗
Love, Lori and Eric

Jude Lovorn

April 15, 2019

My husband, Andy Toth, met John about two weeks before he was diagnosed. Janice and I have known each other for about 15 years after working together in Castle Rock. Though I moved to Evergreen after meeting Andy, Janice and I have remained close friends, and I love her dearly. Andy and John connected right away, and I could see a bromance developing as they had so much in common. The Lord had other plans for our kind, sweet, and unforgettable friend, John, and the bromance will have to wait. John will be forever in our hearts, his family and friends in our thoughts and prayers, and we look forward to seeing John again on the other side as we each arrive in the Lord's time.

Linda Fischer

April 15, 2019

My deepest condolences go out to you Janice and your family. I know we only met just a few years ago and of course at Dillon for the 4th of July each year. But, I found you and John to be such admirable friends that I got to know and enjoy immensely. John will be missed by so many of his dear and close friends who always talked so highly of him. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time. But rest assure that John will live on and stay within our hearts and memories.

Nancy Adkins

April 14, 2019

Janice and family, we didn't know John but have heard so much about him through our brothers, Dale and Bob. We're sorry not to have known him as we know that he was a very special man. He was so supportive to us when we lost our parents. Let your memories and love bring you peace throughout the coming months and years.
With deepest Sympathy,
Ben and Nancy (Kostoff) Adkins

Joe Bruggeman

April 14, 2019

I didn't get to know John until the mid 70's and spent a brief time living together at the "Main Street" house along with Dale, and followed by many others. John was one of the good guys who cared about people and had a huge appetite for living life to its fullest. My sympathies to Janice and family and his mom. Be happy in your memories. Joe Bruggeman

Terry Taylor Kostoff

April 14, 2019

Thinking of you and your family, Janice. May you find comfort and love at this most difficult time.
God bless.

Bob Kostoff

April 13, 2019

My deepest condolences for your loss. The time spent with John riding motorcycles in the Rockies, is one of the best memories of my life. I will always be grateful for the kindness I was shown as a guest in your home.
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

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