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Harry John Vanderbeek

January 17, 1940 — February 6, 2024

Harry John Vanderbeek

Harry John Vanderbeek, our loving strong husband, father, brother, and friend, passed away on February 6th, 2024, after his last battle with cancer.  Born on January 17th, 1940, in Den Hague, Netherlands, to Henry Vanderbeek and Marria Johanna Diender Vanderbeek. Harry graduated from West High School, and attended University of Utah. Harry found a career in meat cutting, retiring from Albertsons when he was 52, which he took great pride in.

At the age of 10, Harry along with his parents, his sister Nita Ford, brothers Fritz Vanderbeek (deceased) (Tova), and  Hans Vanderbeek moved to the United States where they all settled in Salt Lake City. This is where his testimony of Our SaviorJesus Christ began to grow. 

In March of 1964, Harry married Mary Alice Callow Vanderbeek, Together, they welcomed three children into this world. John Scott Vanderbeek (deceased), Jason Charles Vanderbeek, and Amy Michelle Vanderbeek Heidenreich (Troy). Harry lost his beautiful wife early when cancer took her life leaving him with his young family.

 Again relying on his faith, Our Heavenly Father blessed him with a second loving eternal companion. In June of 1973 Harry married Connie Hale Vanderbeek. Connie not only became his wife but also became the mother to his 3 young children. Together they raised their family, and enjoyed a life filled with love, creating many memories that would be cherished for a lifetime.

A man of unwavering faith, Harry dedicated his life to Our Heavenly Father and Savior. He served an LDS mission in his homeland of Holland and later embarked on three missions alongside his beloved wife, Connie. His positive outlook on life was a beacon of light to all who knew him. Harry shared his testimony of eternal life often with others. Though Harry faced his fair share of hardships, he never wavered in his faith or lost sight of the beauty of life's journey. His strength, resilience, and unwavering spirit will forever be remembered by those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Harry enjoyed his early retirement and lived life. He found his 3rd love, golf. He could be found out on the golf course or in the weeds looking for golf balls at least 2 days a week. He loved the sun and followed it down to Arizona in the winter. Harry loved a good deal and most Saturday mornings his time was spent finding many treasures. He traveled the world, finding treasure wherever he went. He enjoyed the friendships he made throughout his life.

It was an honor to be your children. You taught us to be strong, how to work hard, and put your mind to it and get the job done. You showed us through your example to the very end. Love you Dad.

Harry and his wife Connie were inseparable. In December when Harry found out how advanced his cancer was his biggest concern was out living Connie, so he could take care of her in her last stages of dementia. On January 30th Connie passed away and one week later Harry was reunited with her.  

A viewing for both Harry and Connie will be held at the LDS Tithing Hill Church (1208 W. 12400 S. Riverton) on Thursday, February 8th from 6-8 PM, where family and friends will gather to honor their memory and share stories of their remarkable life. As per their wishes there will be no funeral. Family graveside services will be held Friday, February 9th at 12:00 PM at Mountain View Memorial Cemetery (3115 E. Bengal Blvd, Cottonwood Heights).

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Mountain time)

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Family Graveside Services

Friday, February 9, 2024

Starts at 12:00 pm (Mountain time)

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