OBITUARY

Matthew Vanderwood

June 17, 1975November 13, 2021

Matthew William Vanderwood, age 46, was swept into the arms of Jesus, his Lord and Savior, Saturday, November 13, 2021. Matt was preceded in death by his grandparents. He will be lovingly remembered by ex-wife and mother of his children, Maria Beard-Vanderwood; children Alexander (Jenna) and Molly Vanderwood; parents Kent and Beverly Vanderwood; brothers Bryan, Timothy, and Bradley Vanderwood; nieces Vayda and Marley Vanderwood; and all his aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Matt graduated from Tri-unity Christian School and lived in West Michigan his entire life, where he worked various jobs in the construction trades. He loved nature and being outdoors; he was drawn to woods, beaches, streams, rocks, trees, and clouds. He saw his God in nature. He loved camping with his brothers and children. He loved to golf. He also loved his family and being together for holidays or just hanging out, watching sports with his dad and brothers or playing cards. Matt was a real “people person;” he could talk at length with anyone, even strangers he met for the first time. His optimism and enthusiasm for life will be sorely missed.

Please celebrate the life of Matt Vanderwood with his family and friends at a Memorial Service 4 p.m. Sunday, November 28, 2021 at River of God Church, 4607 68th Street, Byron Center, MI 49315; the service will be followed by a time of fellowship and a meal. Matt’s friends, James Ruark and Dave Dishaw, will be officiating. In honor of Matt and in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to help his children with their education, housing, and other needs as they move into adulthood; donations may be made out to River of God Church as they have established a fund in the children's names. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at www.cookcaresgrandville.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Children's Education, Housing, and Other Needs (checks payable to River of God Church)

Services

  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, November 28, 2021

Memories

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Jack & Karen Wiebenga

November 28, 2021

Dear Kent and Bev,

We are so sorry to hear of Matthew’s passing. We are praying for you and your family.

Love Jack and Karen Wiebenga

Jack and Linda Holmes

November 20, 2021

Dear Kent and Bev,
Deepest sympathy on the passing of your son Matthew. You and your family have done much for both the Church and West Michigan Community. We will be praying for you and your family during this challenging time.
Jack and Linda Holmes

Chris and Kathy Lancaster

November 20, 2021

Our hearts ache for you, but also wonderful to know that Matt’s struggles are over and he is safe in Heaven waiting for you all! We love you guys and are praying for strength, comfort and understanding for your whole family. God’s grace gets us through!

Sally Vander Ploeg

November 19, 2021

Kent and Bev,
We were so very sorry to hear of your family’s great loss of Matt. While we cannot be there in person to support you, please know you are in our thoughts and our prayers.
God’s peace and comfort,
Sally Vander Ploeg

Don & Ellie DeShane

November 18, 2021

Kent and Bev,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your son Matthew. We don't know the pain that you are going through, as we have never lost any of our children. I do know that God the Father has, so we asked Him to bring you the peace that will over ride that deep sorrow.
Love you and your family,
Don and Ellie DeShane

Tanja, Fanilo & Fifaliana Hock

November 18, 2021

Dear Kent & Bev,
With big sadness I read those news. We will be praying for you and the family!

We send our love,
Tanja, Fanilo & Fifaliana from Madagascar

Mike & Jane Ritsema

November 18, 2021

Kent & Bev,

Jane a I are so sorry for your loss.

Please know we're thinking about and praying for the whole family.

Sincerely,

Mike & Jane Ritsema

Bryan Vanderwood

November 18, 2021

I love you Matt. Best big brother ever! I will see ya on the other side.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY