SHEFFIELD — Robert “Bob” VanderMeersch, 92, of Sheffield passed away Monday, June 2, 2014, at Liberty Village in Princeton and finally fulfilled his last wish of joining his wife, "Rosie" who preceded him in death in 2007.
Bob was born Feb. 9, 1922, in Atkinson, the son of Julius and Bertha (Teerlinck) VanderMeersch. Bob grew up on the farm and worked briefly at International Harvester Foundry in Moline. He was united to Rose Marie Lootens on Nov. 25, 1944, in Moline and they had 10 children. Bob farmed, owned and operated Bob’s Shell Service Station in Sheffield, and drove livestock trucks for the Sheffield Order Buyer. Thru it all his heart belonged to farming from which he retired in 2006. Some of Bob’s greatest loves were a good practical joke, babies, watching his boys play sports, and a clean, straight row in a field.
Survivors include nine sons and one daughter, Joseph (Amy) VanderMeersch, Allan (Sandra) VanderMeersch, Thomas (Jacquelyn) VanderMeersch, Keith (Wendee) VanderMeersch, Mary Jane (Richard) Carlucci, Randall (Karla) VanderMeersch, Lynn VanderMeersch, Terrance (Cressinda) VanderMeersch, Dennis (P.J.) VanderMeersch and Timothy (Darcy) VanderMeersch; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Bernice (Chuck) Termont of Dubuque, Iowa, and Joanne (Mel) Davenport of Hemet, Calif.; and former foreign exchange student Michael Reiner of Germany.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, one sister, Dorothy Martins; and one infant brother, Joseph.
A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Sheffield, with the Rev. Mark Miller officiating. Burial will follow in St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Atkinson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at the Vandemore Funeral Home, Atkinson, where a Rosary will be recited at 3:30 p.m.
Memorials may be left to St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sheffield and the Sheffield Rescue Unit.
Share a message of sympathy with Bob’s family at vandemorefuneralhome.com.