Marvin P. VanderKolk, 78, passed away Jan. 31, 2018. Survived by wife, Jean; daughters, Julie (Ben) Simon and Jill (George) Dickert; grandson, Max Simon; brother, Bruce (Donna) VanderKolk; and two nephews, Roger and James. Marvin was born in Hopkins, Mich. growing up on a dairy farm. He attended Michigan State, receiving a degree in forestry. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 30 years. Throughout his life he enjoyed exploring the outdoors, especially the grasslands of Southern Colorado. Marvin spent many years researching and documenting his family's genealogy. He was a well-read individual who appreciated historical events and topics. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Celebration of life, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17 in the Montgomery & Steward Banquet Hall. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO 81005 or King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2561 Vinewood Lane, Pueblo, CO 81005. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. We’re very sorry for your loss. I remember Marvin as a very tall grown cousin when I was just a small lad. We’ve lived in Traverse City for the last 33 years, my how time flies. We’ve just become grandparents for the first time with two grandchildren, Basil Frances ( 8 month old girl) and Axil Homer (3 month old boy). Good strong names. Ben and I see each other a fair bit and we try to keep in contact with Dan’s boys in Seattle, usually at deer camp each year, but one is to be married in August and we’ll make a trip then. Family is so important and I feel it more so as I age. Again our thoughts and prayers go out to yours.

  2. I just learned of my cousin Marvin’s passing. My deepest condolences to his family. I remember when he would stop at my parents in Big Rapids when he was traveling back and forth to the boundary waters that they were establishing in northern Minnesota and southern Canada. I remember Marvin telling us about paddling Lyndon Johnson’s daughters around when they visited the park and how spoiled they were. I don’t think they grew up on a farm. I just received a copy of the book that he wrote on the Vander Kolks from my sister-in-law Nailla. I will start reading it tonight. It was very thoughtful of Marvin to spend the time to write that family history and my family so appreciates it.

  3. I was so sorry to hear about Me Neighbor. He was special to Mom, me, Emily and Scott. My thought and prayers are with you.

    Renee Bellamy Sindeban

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