Bisch & Son Funeral Home

505 East Allen, Springfield, IL


John Michael VanDenBossche

December 1, 1956July 20, 2019

Springfield, IL -- John Michael VanDenBossche, 62, of Granite City and formerly of Springfield passed away on Saturday, July 20 at his home. He was born December 1, 1956 to John J. VanDenBossche and Shirley Kemp VanDenBossche. He is survived by his four children, John VanDenBossche of Springfield, Matthew (Sarah) VanDenBossche of Caseyville, Rebecca (Ryan) Johnston of Springfield and Alison (Benjamin) Hornback of Springfield; eleven grandchildren, Levi, Nicholas, Ryan, Benjamin, Kyle and Frank VanDenBossche, Brady and Joy VanDenBossche, Landon and Evan Hagerman, and Elliot Hornback; two great grandchildren, Eli and Hayden VanDenBossche; three sisters Brenda (Jim) Cole of Oklahoma, Tamara (Martin) McLaughlin of Springfield, Kimmy VanDenBossche of Springfield, and one brother Dan VanDenBossche of Belleville. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Mark VanDenBossche, nephew Todd Cole and grandson Jonathan VanDenBossche. John attended Southeast High School and was a union cement finisher, mechanic at Pillsbury Mills and a business owner. He was a lifelong baseball fan and loved coaching his young sons on their little league baseball teams. He also loved nature and animals, especially his three late beloved dogs, Mandy, Buddy & Benji, and was an avid hunter. He loved his children and grandchildren more than anything in the world, and cherished time with friends and family. Private services will be held at Bisch & Son Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital for Children.


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John Michael VanDenBossche

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Butch wilkinson

July 31, 2019

We were sorry we didn't know about the gathering after the service, listening to your stories was so very touching to say the least, your dad was so loved and your stories you told about the hurt you experienced from a broken home and also the personal time you spent with your dad that you cherished.Thank you for letting us be a part of your memorial to your Dad.
Butch and Jean


July 28, 2019

Dear VanDenBossche Family,

I have been a part of this family for 20 years & Mike was always kind to me, he never had a bad thing to say about anyone. He was a good man. He came to my dad's funeral in 2005 & that meant so much to me, he also raised some great children, he will be missed dearly. I am glad he will no longer be suffering whether it be emotionally or physically, may your soul finally be at peace.

David Kelley

July 25, 2019

So sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. I had the pleasure of visiting with him last time he was in Springfield. I have so many memories of childhood and beyond that include Mike.

Sue Mckinney

July 23, 2019

Condolences to the VanDenBossche family. Shared many good conversations with Mike over the backyard fence on Catalina Ln. & fun times bowling. It was a pleasure knowing Mike. May your memories of Mike bring you comfort. Sue & Bob McKinney.

Tyler McLaughlin

July 23, 2019

I am going to truly miss you Uncle Mike. I will never forget the time you took my mom, sister and dad around st. Louis in your vintage black car and showing us the ketchup water tower while we were on that journey.. taking my mom ( Tammy) in the little tiny elevators up to the top of the st. Louis arch and seeing her facial expression when we got to the top was priceless.. everytime we were together either just talking or on an adventure was truly remarkable.. I love you Uncle Mike and you will be truly missed.

Herbert Wilkinson

July 22, 2019

So sorry to here about Mike I can't believe it but I guess it is going to happen to each and every one of us. I loved going hunting with Mike when we were young we ice skated, bowled together ran around pretty much in our teens and 20's . We worked at Pillsbury together fish and camped together I can't say enough about how we had really good times together and I am sad that he is gone. May God give him the wings of an angel and set him free.