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Kilgroe Funeral Home

1750 Ashville Rd, Leeds, AL

OBITUARY

Michael Brian Vanderboegh

July 23, 1952August 10, 2016
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Michael BrianVanderboegh, born July 23, 1952 in St. Joseph, Michigan, resident of Pinson, Alabama, survived by wife, Rosey, son, Matthew Bradley (Nicole) of Wiesbaden, Germany; daughters Hannah Rose (Brandon Vanslambrouck) and Zoe Kate Vanderboegh all of Pinson, Alabama; and grandsons, Mason Brennan of Youngstown, Ohio and Gabriel Michael, and granddaughter Olivia Laura, both of Weisbaden, Germany; mother, Norma Vanderboegh; brother, Dwight Vanderboegh (Cheryl); sister, Teresa Lehman (Jim). He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Vanderboegh and sister, Meri Kay Vanderboegh. Longtime 2nd Amendment activist, author, citizen journalist, and blogger who, with David Codrea, first broke the story of the Fast and Furious scandal in December 2010. Resident of Alabama since 1985, Mike was also an historian, amateur archaeologist, and researcher of Alabama’s civil war history, especially the unionists of Winston County. He was the founding historian of La Grange Living History Association, a founding member of the 1st Alabama Union Calvary Company C reenactment unit and active in local historical preservation issues. More recently, Mike was the founder of the National Three Percent Movement and led armed civil disobedience actions from Connecticut to Oregon, smuggling forbidden firearms magazines to states that banned them. Controversial throughout his life, he was constantly devoted to the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. An adamant enemy of collectivism of all kinds, he was denounced by Bill Clinton on CNN, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, as well as the Ku Klux Klan, the Aryan Nations and various racists and anti-Semitic groups. He was also very unpopular with the ATF and the FBI. In 2005, he served with the Minutemen on the New Mexico border and was always proud to say that he had been on the enemy’s list of the past three White Houses regardless of party. As his friend Kurt Hoffmann said, “it is better to be despised by the despicable than admired by the admirable.” He described himself as a citizen first, Christian Libertarian who believed in God, free men, free markets, the rule of law under the founder’s republic and that the Constitution extended to everyone regardless of race, creed, color, or religion. He lived by the motto that “all evil prospers with the silent consent of the good, therefore I will not be silent”. Services to be held at Kilgroe Memorial in Leeds on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 2PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. Visit online at www.kilgroefuneralhome.com Kilgroe Funeral Home, Leeds directing.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 13, 2016

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Nathan Mizrahi

November 6, 2017

I'm just finding you now mike but let it be known your messages are as strong now as they were then , we will carry your torch from here and may we make you proud .....

Jackie Cornwell

September 27, 2017

I knew him as the, now ex-husband of my cousin, Laura, and an intelligence and entrepreneurial spirited man who loved science fiction and all the possibilities that life has to offer. I also knew him as a man of vision and principle committed to freedom and the laws and bedrock upon which this nation was built. I will miss him more than I can say.

James Hanna

September 5, 2017

He walked his talk, and poked his finger in the eye of tyrants; a life well lived. I enjoyed our exchanges, though I feel I did not give as good as I got. We are all better for having known him.

Randy Sanders

September 4, 2017

He was an inspiration to thousands, and opened my eyes to a great many things. He is sorely missed.

D Elisaga

September 4, 2017

Mike, we miss you. See you when we get there.

Earl Flanigan

December 15, 2016

Keeping you in our thoughts as the battle continues.

b midgley

December 13, 2016

I can only hope, as you sit in the glory of our Lord, what a difference you have made to so many. May your spirit live on through the many you have reached.

October 8, 2016

Just saw this. My deepest sympathies to all of you in your time of loss.

Your cousin and niece,
Diane (Marks) Paustian

Johnathan

August 23, 2016

He remains an inspiration...

Ned Weatherby

August 18, 2016

Peace be with all of you. We will miss you, Mike.

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