Harold "Harry" Adrian Vandervelden
Harold "Harry" Adrian Vandervelden, 89, a resident of the Verboort community passed away on Friday morning, September 18, 2015, at the Marquis Care home in Forest Grove.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be said at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Visitation Catholic Church; 4285 NW Visitation Rd in Verboort, OR.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated following the Rosary at 11:00 a.m.
Rite of Christian Burial will follow the Mass held at Visitation Catholic Cemetery.
Family and friends are invited to attend a reception following the Burial held at the Parish Hall.
Harry was born on January 9, 1926, in Hillsboro, OR. He was one of eight children born to Edward and Mary (Kemper) Vandervelden. He was raised on the family farm in Verboort and attended Visitation Catholic School.
He met his future wife, Evelyn Meeuwsen, while they were attending their cousins wedding in Verboort. They soon began dating and were married on September 6, 1954, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Roy. They began their family in a small house in Roy and then moved to their home in Verboort one year later. Evelyn passed away on November 16, 2014.
Harry was employed as an upholstery repair man for B.P. John in Portland for 20 years. In the early 1970's, Harry began working for Visitation School as an Environmental Engineer, a job that would include cleaning, repairing, and care of the Visitation School and Parish Center. He retired after 20 years in 1990.
He enjoyed gardening and lawn figurines, wood working, fishing, and golf. He was also a volunteer at his Parish, Visitation Catholic Church, where he was active in the upkeep of the Parish Hall. Harry also enjoyed spending time playing cards with his siblings. He collected pennies and was a member of the Elks Lodge. He loved decorating for the holidays, especially Christmas.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Evelyn, a son, Michael, five siblings; Margie Lindow, Millie Vanderzanden, Florence Meeuwsen, Bob Vandervelden, and Edwin Vandervelden.
He is survived by six children and their spouses; Clifford and Marianne Vandervelden of North Plains, Kenny Vandervelden of Verboort, Kathy and Gail Rust of La Grande, Marvin and Gig Vandervelden of Cornelius, Edward Vandervelden of Beaverton, and Thomas Vandervelden of Beaverton, two siblings ; Marcella Jansen and Loretta Hertel, six grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
The family suggests donations in Harold's name to a Memorial Fund to Visitation Catholic Church.