George Arthur Vanderport
September 10, 1922 – February 8, 2019
George Arthur Vanderport, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019 in Duluth, Minnesota at the age of 96.
He was born September 10, 1922 in Superior, Wisconsin, the son of George and Eva (Boushie) Vanderport. George and Lorraine (Flood) were united in marriage April 4, 1942. He attended Wrenshall High School and the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He had fond memories of his time in the Civilian Conservation Corps, at Camp Number 712, north of Grand Marais, MN.
He went into the Army in 1943. He served with the Quartermaster Corps in Antwerp and Brussels, Belgium during WWII. After his discharge from the Army, George worked for the Duluth Public Works Department, then served 22 years with the Duluth Police Department, retiring in 1974. After his retirement he worked for the St. Louis County court system as a probation officer and a pre-sentence investigator. During this time he also owned and operated the Vanderport Security Agency.
He and his wife Lorraine enjoyed summers at their family cabin near Danbury, Wisconsin for 53 years. For a number of years they enjoyed spending winters in Florida and Arizona. While in Arizona, George was the lead singer and guitarist in a musical group called the "Val Vista Variations" and performed at many events throughout the area.
George is survived by his wife, Lorraine; sons, George (Erin) and Robert (Jean) of Duluth; Richard (Sharon), of Des Moines, IA; daughter, Norma Abrams of Duluth; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandson and many nieces and nephews.
George greatly loved and supported his family. His wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gave him joy beyond description. He will be forever loved and missed by all.
Visitation: 10:00 until the 11:00 a.m. Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Bell Brothers Funeral Home,601 N 56th Ave. West, Duluth. Interment will be in Oneota Cemetery.
- Lorraine Vanderport, Wife
- George (Erin) Vanderport, Son
- Robert (Jean) Vanderport, Son
- Richard (Sharon) Vanderport, Son
- Norma Abrams, Daughter
- George is also survived by 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
- Dillon Gronseth, Active Pallbearer
- Caleb Gronseth, Active Pallbearer
- Jason Vanderport, Active Pallbearer
- Brian Vanderport, Active Pallbearer
- Jacob Kidd, Active Pallbearer
- Alex Podemski, Active Pallbearer
- Visitation Wednesday, February 13, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
George Arthur Vanderport
February 12, 2019
George was a wonderful person. He had a significant impact on my life as a role model and mentor. I came to the probation department in 1976 as a young man. I was assigned to the pre-trial release and pre-sentence investigation unit. He was assigned to train me in the skills as an investigator and probation officer. He became more than a trainer. He also became a father figure for me. I learned so many wonderful life lessons from George. I will always cherish the time I spent with him. He talked about how proud he was of his family and the deep love he had for each of you and his beautiful wife. George influenced my perspective on family and the love of family. Thank you George for the memories!