Boice Funeral Home

308 Pollasky Ave, Clovis, CA


Norman Eugene Vander Poel

November 27, 1932September 3, 2019

Norman Eugene Vander Poel passed peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, on September 3, 2019, from cancer at the age of 86.

Visitation will be Sunday, September 8, from 1-5 p.m. at Boice Funeral Home in Clovis, CA. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 9, at 10 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 2550 Gettysburg Ave, Clovis.

Interment will be at Fresno Memorial Gardens immediately after the Funeral. Luncheon to follow at St. Peter Lutheran Church.

“Norm” was born on November 27, 1932, in Pipestone County to John Phillip Vander Poel and Wilma Irene Stevens Vander Poel. He was raised on the family farm outside Edgerton, MN. After graduating Edgerton High School in 1949, he lived and worked in Sioux Falls, SD, for 2 years. He then moved to the west coast and lived and worked in Southern California. When the work ran out, he moved back to Pipestone. Soon after, he owned and operated the “Lunch Bowl” inside the Bole-Mor 8 Bowling Alley (the one on E. Main St.) from 1956-1960. Norm married Donnarae Jensen on June 16, 1957, at The Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, IA. Three sons were born to them - Leland, Todd and Jay, before pulling up stakes and moving to California in 1964. Eventually settling in Fresno, CA, in late 1965, Norman worked for Langendorf Bakery pastry division for nearly 30 years as a Route Salesman. In the mid-nineties, he joined O&O Attorney Services in Fresno as a courier. A few years later he established his own business-Norm’s Attorney Services. He officially retired full time in 2017 at the age of 84.

Norman is survived by his wife, Donna; his children: Leland (Lee) Vander Poel of Fresno, CA, Todd Vander Poel of Clovis, CA, Jay Vander Poel of Riverdale, CA, 10 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.

Serving as pallbearers are Scott Gumm, Jayme Vander Poel, Evan Vander Poel, John Paul Vander Poel, Josefine Vander Poel, Jacqueline Vander Poel, Samantha Lusk and Alysssa Castro.

In lieu of flowers, a monetary donation in his honor to Wounded Warriors, Hinds Hospice or a charity of your choice is appreciated.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.boicefuneralhome.com for the Vander Poel family.


  • Donna Rae Vander Poel, Wife
  • Leiland Vander Poel, Son
  • Marcia Vander Poel, Daughter-in-law
  • Todd Vander Poel, Son
  • Pamela Vander Poel, Daughter-in-law
  • Jay Vander Poel, Son
  • Anna Vander Poel, Daughter-in-law
  • Ken Vander Poel, Brother
  • Lois Vander Poel, Sister
  • Lila Magnusen, Sister
  • Harlan Magnusen, Brother-in-law
  • Lori Devericks, Sister
  • Roger Devericks, Brother-in-law
  • Lynn Wallert, Sister
  • Norman will also be lovingly remembered by his 10 grandchildren and his 4 great-grandchildren.

  • Scott Gumm
  • Jayme Vander Poel
  • Evan Vander Poel
  • John Paul Vander Poel
  • Josefine Vander Poel
  • Jacqueline Vander Poel
  • Samantha Lusk
  • Alysssa Castro

  • Wounded Warriors Project


  • Visitation Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, September 8, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Graveside Service Monday, September 9, 2019


Norman Eugene Vander Poel

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Karen & Larry Schwarz

September 5, 2019

Dear Donna & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during the loss of Uncle Norman. We loved your time with us in Mn. Uncle Norman was a special person to us. Love to the entire family. Karen & Larry Schwarz. Kathy Kooiman & Dan Hansen.

Lila Manguson

September 4, 2019

Dear Donna and Family,
Our deepest sympathies to all of you in your loss of Norm. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Norm was always so full of life and always had a big happy smile for everyone. His family was his greatest pride and joy.
We will miss visiting with him about his gardening and of course the teasing back and forth about sharing the little yellow (goldfinch) birds. Norm always said that he would get them a nice bright yellow then send them up to Minnesota for us to enjoy for the summer months. Then we would send them back to CA all dull in color again in the fall. We will think of Norm every time we see these pretty birds and his love for watching them.
Norm was a wonderful brother and we will miss him greatly.
Sending our love and hugs to all of you. Lila and Harlan