Purdy & Walters at Floral Hills Funeral Home & Cemetery
409 Filbert Road, Lynnwood, WA
November 17, 1929 – May 27, 2019
“Well done good and faithful servant, well done!”
On Monday, May 27, 2019, Benjamin “Ben” Franklin Vanderberg, devoted father and loving husband passed away in a local care facility at the age of 89.
Ben Vanderberg was born on November 17, 1929 in Renton Washington to Jacob and Etta (Greathouse) Vanderberg. Ben spent most of his childhood living on a farm and attending school in Everett, Washington. In 1947 he joined the Navy and received an honorable discharge four years later. Ben returned to Everett, Washington where he met the love of his life, Juanita Danner. They were married on June 18, 1953 and moved to a small two-bedroom home in Lowell Washington where they raised one son, Matthew Lane Vanderberg and Ben worked as a mill worker at Simpson Lee Paper Company. In 1968, Ben moved his family back to the farmhouse where he had lived up as a child. He continued to live in this home for over forty-five years.
Ben had a passion for gardening and photography. Many of his photos are of the gladiolas, rhododendrons, azaleas, and peonies he grew in his backyard. He enjoyed dancing, a good joke and a lively debate. Ben also loved to take day trips into the countryside and mountains enjoying the beautiful landscape where he always brought his camera.
Ben was known and will be remembered for his quick wit, his infectious smile, his loyalty, his devotion to family and his kind and giving heart. Those who knew Ben well, called him “friend”.
Ben was preceded in death by his father, Jacob, his mother Etta, his wife, Juanita, and three siblings, Mildred, Evelyn, and Jacob, Jr. Ben is survived by his son, Matthew, his three grandchildren, David, Christee and Tony, several great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A “Memorial and Celebration of Life” gathering to honor Ben’s life is planned, but the date is not yet determined. Family and friends will be notified of the details of this event when it is scheduled. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions in Ben Vanderberg’s name may be sent to any credible non-profit organization that supports the research of prevention and a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
June 4, 2019
My "Uncle Ben" was such an important force in my life. When I was a young teenager my father died, and my mother was unable to care for me. My uncle offered me a home and family, called me “his daughter” and loved me so very much. He was only thirty-four years old and a mill worker, living in a very tiny two-bedroom home in Lowell, Washington with my Aunt Nita and his only son, Matt. Even though money was scarce, I felt very rich, blessed and fortunate because my uncle gave me a home.
Later in life, my husband and I chose to adopt four of our children. My Uncle Ben taught me by example that lead me to believe that every child deserves a home. Rest in peace, Uncle Ben. Thank you for your caring and loving heart. This photo was taken many years ago, but this is how I’ll always remember you.
Jill Veatural (Hallgren)
June 3, 2019
Ben was my neighbor at my childhood home. I have many fond memories of him outside year round taking care of his beautiful yard! He had the perfect hill for rolling down in the summer! He was always so kind and patient with us kids and our friends. We pretty much shared a yard all my life growing up, and I've always considered him family. He will be greatly missed by many, and he left a mark on many hearts.