Lewis James “Jim” Vandenberg, passed away on Oct. 6, 2023, at the age of 84 in Keokuk, Iowa. He was born on November 5, 1938, in Burlington.
Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jerre Vandenberg as well as his two children, Tammy Craine (David) of Keokuk and Dr. Toby Vandenberg of Keokuk.
Tammy and David have two children, Chelsey Mickelson (husband Jordan) of Argyle with daughters Baylor and Mila, and Tim Craine (wife Torre) with daughter Ava of Quincy, Illinois.
Dr. Toby Vandenberg has five children, James Vandenberg (wife Bree) with their children Poppy and Colt of Coralville, Iowa, Olivia Alba (husband Michael) with their children Liam and Lily of Bend, Oregon, Elliott Vandenberg (wife Mollie) with their sons Huck and Granger of Farmington, Gabe Vandenberg (wife Ali) with their son Grayson of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Isabel Vandenberg a college student at Mizzou, in Columbia, Missouri.
Jim’s surviving sister, Dr. Cathy McPhail, resides in Michigan with her husband Ron.
Completing his primary education in Burlington and his high school education in Batesville, Arkansas, Jim was an all-state quarterback and team captain of his high school football team, leading them to an undefeated season and number one ranking in the state of Arkansas.
Later, Jim received a full scholarship to Southern Arkansas University where he started on both offense as a running back and defense as a linebacker as he completed a bachelor’s degree followed later by a master’s degree.
He began his coaching career in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and later taught and coached in Burlington and then Keokuk for a total of 38 years.
After retirement Jim continued to support and give to his community through volunteer work.
He served on the Keokuk school board, volunteered for the Red Cross and read with elementary children for over 15 years, to name a few. Jim was an active member of First Christian Church in Keokuk where he served as an Elder.
A memorial service will be held in honor of Jim at First Christian Church in Keokuk. Family and friends are invited to visit with the family beginning at 10:30 a.m. with the service to follow at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14.
The service will be streamed live on First Christian Church of Keokuk’s website and Facebook page and will be posted on YouTube shortly afterwards.
While flowers can be accepted at the church prior to the service, a memorial fund is being established in Jim’s name with details to be posted at the service and on Facebook.
Jim Vandenberg will always be remembered for his dedication to education, coaching, and his devotion to his family.
He was someone who never knew a stranger and genuinely loved people; he will be deeply missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing him.