William Ray Vanderveer

March 29, 1948September 5, 2018

William (Bill) Ray Vanderveer passed away on September 4th, 2018, 40 days after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Pam, his four children (Renee, April, Phillip, Lily) and 10 grandchildren (Danielle, Sydney, Matt, Josh, Andrew, Curtis, Ellie, Chloe, Izzy, James).

Bill was born in Hawthorne, CA on March 29, 1948, to Dorothy and OG Vanderveer. He later moved to Long Beach to attend the Pacific Christian College (PCC) where he met Pam. One night, while Bill was playing ping pong, Pam needed an escort to return a piano room key to a professor and Bill quickly volunteered and abandoned his in-progress game. They were married 11 months later.

He received his B.A. in Ministry from PCC and continued to perform ministerial duties throughout most of his life. He also had a long career in IT, performing various jobs from Systems Administration to Software Engineer. After moving to Mariposa in 1984, he began working for the County of Stanislaus as Systems Analyst. He retired as a Network Engineer from the County of Stanislaus in June, 2014.

He loved to camp, sing, and spend time with family. He sang in the Mariposa Community Chorus for over 30 years. He enjoyed playing hearts and strategy board games with family, playing in bridge tournaments at the Senior Center, and playing the occasional round of golf with his son and sons-in-law. He also loved a good buffet and adored BBQ ribs. He loved helping others and continued to do so even after death by donating his corneas to someone in need.

He truly valued family above everything and was an amazing husband, father, and grandfather. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Bill’s Memorial service will be on Saturday, September 29th at 2pm at the Mariposa United Methodist Church, 4991 6th St., Mariposa.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society. Bill participated in their “Relay for Life” for many years. American Cancer Society | Information and Resources about ...

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  • Pam Vanderveer, Wife
  • Renee Johnson, Daughter
  • Phillip Vanderveer, Son
  • April Foster, Daughter
  • Lily Erlandsen, Daughter
  • Nancy Carter, Sister
  • Pam will also be lovingly remembered by her 10 Grandchildren

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Chris Thompson

September 19, 2018

I had the unique opportunity to work and be mentored by Bill from 2006 thru 2011 when we worked together at Stanislaus County. He taught me a lot about what it meant to be a Network Engineer. Bill will always be in my memories as one of the most kind individuals I've ever known. My sincerest condolences to the Vanderveer family for the loss of such a loving husband and father.

Chris Thompson

Nancy Carter

September 15, 2018

This memory was many years ago when Bill and I grew up together in California. When Bill and I lived in Lawndale, CA., we went to Christian grade school. I was 4 years older than Bill. I would fix our breakfast, get us ready for school and then we would walk to take the city bus from Lawndale to Inglewood. Then we walked a little further to the Christian school. We did this until we finished grade school. I loved and cherished all this time we were together until we finished Christian elementary school.