Davison-Fulton-Woolsey-Wilton Funeral Home

2408 West Willow Knolls Drive, Peoria, IL


Jacob Benjamin Vandermyde

June 6, 1995July 29, 2019

Jacob Benjamin Vandermyde, age 24, of Dunlap, went peacefully to Heaven on Monday, July 29, 2019 at OSF St Francis Medical Center in Peoria. He was born June 6, 1995 in Peoria to Karl and Tina (Ankney) Vandermyde. They survive along with one brother, Peter (Anna) Vandermyde of Peoria, and informally adopted sister, Svenja (Thomas) Meissner of Munich, Germany, his paternal grandparents, Doug and Clarita Vandermyde of Morrison, IL, maternal grandfather, Richard Ankney of Sterling, and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Gloria (Granny Go Go) and James Cummings. Jacob graduated from Dunlap High School in 2014. In May of 2019 he earned his Agriculture and Biological Engineering degree from the University of Illinois. He was scheduled to start working at Caterpillar, Inc. in September. Jake was an active, lifelong member of Northminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria. Jake lived life to the fullest. He was well travelled, quick-witted, and had a contagiously positive attitude that made him friends everywhere he went. He regularly kept in touch with friends from England where he and his family lived from 2007 to 2010. Jake was involved with marching band, rugby, swimming, football and Best Buddies. Jake was an avid sportsman and exceptional team captain. Jake led by example and had an incredible never-quit mentality and an infectious desire to help everyone improve and maximize fun in the process. He made those around him better.

Despite many health challenges in college, Jake was involved on campus with the Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity where he was the VP of Membership Development, helping guide young men to success as they entered into their freshman year at the University. He also represented the Illini Water Ski team in tournaments.

Jake had many hobbies - he was a keen woodworker, enjoying building desks, speakers and gifts for others; he loved snow and water skiing, trap shooting, and was a golf enthusiast. He enjoyed vacationing with friends, riding his Harley and attending Dunlap and Illini sporting events. He was happiest in a boat at Oak Run enjoying the sunshine with friends, family and his beloved chocolate labrador retriever “Dutch”, or going off on many spontaneous adventures.

Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria. A Celebration of Jacob’s Life will be Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the church. Rev. Bob Jordan will officiate. Additional visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. prior to the services at the church.

Thank you to the exceptional doctors, nurses and staff at St Jude in Peoria and Memphis, OSF Pediatrics ICU, Rush University Hospital, Midwest Orthopaedic Chicago, IU Simon Indianapolis, and Cleveland Clinic who have loved and cared for Jake during his battle with cancer. A Special Thank you to several doctors who have spent years supporting Jake, including Dr Libes, Dr Kent, Dr McGee and Dr Klopfenstein. and our Pastor Dr. Bob Jordan.

Memorials may be made to Northminster Presbyterian Church or the Heller Center for Kids with Cancer at the Children’s Hospital in Peoria. You may view Jacob’s obituary online at www.woolsey-wilton.com


  • Karl Vandermyde, Father
  • Tina Ankney Vandermyde, Mother
  • Peter and Anna Vandermyde, Brother
  • Svenja and Thomas Meissner, Informally Adopted Sister
  • Doug Vandermyde, Grandfather
  • Clarita Vandermyde, Grandmother
  • Richard Ankney, Grandfather
  • Aunts, Uncles and Cousins, Several
  • Jacob was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother and step-grandfather, Gloria (Granny Go Go) and James Cummings.

  • Nathan Bidner
  • Lane Broeker
  • Connor Collett
  • Andy Cooper
  • Jacob Lewis
  • Sam McGee
  • Brett Murphy
  • Patrick Nichting
  • Michael Plantamura
  • Peter Vandermyde
  • Honorary Companion Dutch


  • Visitation Thursday, August 1, 2019
  • Visitation Friday, August 2, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, August 2, 2019


Jacob Benjamin Vandermyde

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Kathy Elmore

August 4, 2019

My heart is breaking for your family. I met Jake when he came to our family Thanksgiving almost two years ago. We were so impressed with what a wonderful young man he was. We have prayed for him almost every day and now we will continue to pray for the family.

Kathy Grant

August 3, 2019

Thanks for letting me transport Jake at OSF. He was always a pleasure to be around. Prayers for the family.

Beth Wunder

August 3, 2019

I was so sorry to hear about Jake. What an amazing fighter he has been for so long! He truly lived his 24 years in the best possible way, loving life, his family and many friends. Sending loving prayers to all of you as you grieve, celebrate, and move forward in the days ahead. Losing one we love is the hardest thing we do, yet God will carry you through the days and years, I know.
Love to all,
Beth Wunder

Jori Podrasky

August 2, 2019

My deepest condolences to all of you. I recently lost my son, Codie Black whom Jacob was friends with both attending U of I in Champaign. My heart aches for your loss and pain all of you are going through. Please know I am here for all of you. Heaven has gained an amazing Angel and I'm sure Codie was the first to welcome him. Thank you sharing the amazing life Jacob had along with all the pictures. From one grieving parent to another, my heart is broken for all of you 💔

Anne Snyder

August 1, 2019

My sincerest condolences to all of you. I had the pleasure of teaching both of your boys and they were the kind of students a teacher dreams about having in class. Jake was a student I could count on to sit next to and work with anyone. He was incredibly intelligent, but most importantly a good person. A person who made the class smile everyday.

Now as I find myself the mother to a young boy, I often think about the qualities I want him to have; Pete and Jake exemplify those qualities. Thank you for raising such wonderful sons. I will forever be grateful for having had the pleasure to know and teach Jake. Much love!
Anne Snyder

Leslie Aten

August 1, 2019

Dearest family,
I'll be praying for God to lift you up on your hardest days. I offer my ear anytime you need to talk.
All my love, prayers and support.

Firefighter Savala

August 1, 2019

Mr. & Mrs. Vandermyde & Peter,
Wishing y’all the best during these dark times.

Sandi Cross

July 31, 2019

Tina, Karl, and Peter,
I wish we knew the struggle Jake and your family had been going through. We are so, so sorry for your family's struggle. We are happy to see the love of life he had in the pictures you have posted, and messages we read. While we cannot understand your grief, please know that our family is grieving with you and lifting you up in prayer and positive thoughts. We are so sorry! Love to you all!
Sandi, Jeff, Brianna, Jordan and Trevor Cross

Kevin OBrien

July 31, 2019

Our family is deeply saddened to learn of Jake's passing today. Jake has meant so much to our family. Jake took Collin under his wing as a freshman and helped him transition into high school, mentored him throughout, and was the natural leader of the swim team. Together they won the first state relay medal in school history. While recovering from a medical procedure, Jake even took the time to help Shane decide what position to play in high school football from his bed. Jake's personal impact on my two son's cannot be measured.

Jake was a warrior throughout his protracted battle with cancer. His positive attitude and his love for his family and friends is an example to be followed. Jake you touched our hearts and we will miss you so much. Rest in peace my brother.

Amy George

July 31, 2019

I will always be grateful for the time Jake gave to Best Buddies - both formally and informally. He was patient and kind and his attitude was contagious. Jake created moments for my students, just by caring.