Billy “Bill” D. VandeKamp, age 91, of Knoxville, passed away at his home on September 20, 2022, with his family by his side.
Bill was born on June 24, 1931, in Knoxville, Iowa, the son of Harry and Madge VandeKamp. Bill graduated from Attica High School in 1949.
Bill enlisted in the Marine Corps on January 25, 1951 and proudly served his country in the Korean War until his discharge on June 3, 1952. In 1953, Bill was united in marriage to Beverly J. Chambers, and to this union they were blessed with three children; Deborah Jean, Steven Duane, and Sandra Kay.
Bill worked for the Co-Op for several years and retired at the age of 80. He had a love for his acreage along with his John Deere tractors and farming. Bill was baptized at the Community of Christ Church on October 25, 2020.
Bill was the happiest when he was being surrounded by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Bill loved spending time with his family, in fact, when he was once asked what his greatest accomplishment in life was, he quickly replied “my family”.
Bill is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Madge VandeKamp; his mother and father in law, Eddie and Zella Chambers; sister and brother in law, Berneil and Randle Chambers. Bill is also preceded in death by his sister in law, Bernadine VandeKamp; and his beloved daughter, Sandra Kay.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 69 years, Jean VandeKamp; son, Steve (Tay) VandeKamp of Knoxville, and daughter, Deb (Gary) Goodnight of Melbourne. Bill is also survived by his brother, Dean VandeKamp of Knoxville; nine grandchildren, Matthew (Bev), Jill (Donnie), Kristi, Josh (Suzanne), Jennifer (Joe), Jeremy (Melissa), Staci, Stephanie (Austin), and Tiffany (Remington); one step grandchild, Josh; as well as ten great grandchildren, Noah (Sydney), Nik, Liam, Tucker, Braxton, Rylyn, Maddy, Emmy, Gemma, and Kolter; and five step great grandchildren, Karalee, Jessen, Joe, Cora, and Brynnley. Bill was loved immensely by all those around him and will be forever missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. at the Community of Christ Church in Knoxville. Military honors will take place following his service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Bill’s memory to Community of Christ Church and WesleyLife Hospice.