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Daniel Ray Vanderploeg, Sr.

Born: Wed., Aug. 10, 1955
Died: Thu., Jan. 2, 2020


6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Jan. 05, 2020
Location: Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Mon., Jan. 06, 2020
Location: Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home

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Daniel Ray Vanderploeg, Sr.

     Another beautiful soul was called away from this Earth. On Thursday, January 2, 2020, Daniel R. Vanderploeg, Sr., 64, suddenly, but peacefully passed away. 

     He leaves behind the love of his life: Pat, whom he married when he was 18 and loved more fiercely than ever as time went on; his son: Danny, Jr. and his wife, Amanda; his daughter: Tab and her husband, Josh; five grandchildren, who brought Danny more joy than words can ever express. Joshua, Grace, Willoughby, Evan and Elliott, will miss their grandfather immensely.  He is also survived by his brothers: Richard Vanderploeg, Mac Vanderploeg, and Gary Willoughby; his sisters: Mary-Ann Everette, Connie Pugh, and Sandy Draper; and his mother-in-law: Betty Willoughby. 

     Danny, or Dano as many called him, grew up in Scottsville on the family farm with his seven brothers and sisters, where being a hard worker was instilled at an early age and was something he taught others by living the example by working hard until the day he passed.  He mentored many young men along the way -- from teaching them how to do mechanic work to giving life lessons, all while demanding they be better humans and live with integrity. 

     Not one for an idle mind, Danny loved to use the internet to research any and everything.  He could tell you exactly how to fix the engine of a D10 Dozer or what the migrating pattern of hummingbirds was.  He was constantly thinking ahead and working to live out a dream -- whether it was getting his Pilot's license, taking an anniversary trip to Las Vegas, or building a food truck business.  Cooking was always a passion for Danny and starting Buckshot's BBQ with his son was one of the most exciting adventures he ever started.  Winter time was always a struggle because his family had to endure his restlessness until the weather broke and he could set his food truck back up and cook for people again.  Danny loved to make people happy and see them succeed.  He never hesitated to do what he could to make someone smile or help make their life easier or achieve something.  His generosity, smile, laughter, and endless unconditional love will live on through his kids and grandkids while his memory and legacy will carry on with anyone who ever knew him.  To say he will be greatly missed is an understatement to his effect on this world. 

     A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 pm, Monday, January 6, 2020 at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Monticello Memory Gardens. 

     The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Sunday evening, January 5, 2020 at the funeral home.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or an Animal Shelter of your choice.

     Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.

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Pete and Pam Butler
   Posted Fri January 03, 2020
Our hearts are saddened over the loss of Big Danny.May our Lord hold your family in his loving arms during this difficult time.

Martha Smith Shifflett
   Posted Fri January 03, 2020
Hugs & prayers of sympathy to Pat, Tab, Danny, Mac, Gary, Sandy, Betty, & the rest of the family, friends, neighbors, & customers. Cherish the memories you have of Danny & he will always be with you with that big smile & contagious laughter.
Love, peace, comfort, hugs, & prayers, love you all.

Craig & Wanda Carpenter
   Posted Fri January 03, 2020
Mac, we’re saddened to hear of your loss and you and yours are in our thoughts.

David Elliott
   Posted Fri January 03, 2020
Sorry to hear about Danny. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Dave and Melinda

Moochie & Marshall
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
Our condolences and prayers for Pat and family during these trying times, let the memories and the thoughts of Big Danny be your sunshine. You couldn’t ask for a nicer person that was taken too soon! ♥️

Alan Gallimore
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020

DISH GARDEN WITH FRESH FLOWERS was sent by Alan Gallimore {FLNA}.

Paul and Vali Shoop
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Danny was much to young. Our thoughts are with you and your family 😥

Bev Butler
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
Pat and family, Carolyn and I are so sad to hear the news of Danny's death. You and Danny have been great friends for many years and we will always value that friendship with great memories. Danny will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Our prayer is that our Lord and Savior will provide a peace to you and your family that surpasses all understanding during this difficult period of loss in your lives. Vince Gill sings and we relate "Go rest high on that mountain Danny, your work on earth is done, Go to heaven a-shoutin' Love for the Father and the Son."

   Posted Sat January 04, 2020

BALANCE EASEL SPRAY was sent by Emily Pugh .

To Pat and all of Danny's family... our deepest condolences go to you. We will both miss Uncle Danny dearly. Love, Emily & Darren

Sandy Reid
   Posted Sat January 04, 2020
To Pat, Danny, Tab and family, My heart is broken for you all. I am so sorry for the loss of this fine husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Please know that your entire family is in my thoughts. I am so sorry. Sandy Reid

Shirley Garrison
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
Pat: sorry for your loss.Out prayers are with you.

Shirley Garrison

Earl & Linda Fitzgerald
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
Sincere condolences keeping the family in our prayers as you make your way through this difficult time 🙏🏻

Ruth Ann Rehm
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
Dear Pat, Danny, Tabitha and families,
We were saddened to read about Danny's untimely death. Please know that
you are in our prayers during this difficult time.
Cliff and Ruth Ann

Bessie Jackson
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
Sending you prayers of comfort to your Family at this time.

Jane and Henry Taylor
   Posted Sun January 05, 2020
So sorry to hear about Danny. It’s been awhile since I saw him but will always remember his beautiful smile. 🙏ing for you all to have the strength to face the days to come! 😘

Charles Tapscott
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Tapscott Brothers.

Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you. Tapscott Brothers

Mary and Allan Poole
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
Gary and Family,

So sorry to hear of the passing of Danny. Allan talked very highly of him, and I feel so sorry that I never had the chance to meet such a wonderful man. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Just remember that you will see him again one day. God Bless.

All our love and sympathy,

Allan and Mary Poole

Susan Wood
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
Pat,Danny,Tab and the family, May God give you comfort at this time of need. My heart reaches out to each of you. May the great memories of Big Danny will give you each comfort. Danny was taken away too soon, but now he is in heaven where he can teach others. Love you all Susan Wood

Francis (buster) Staton
   Posted Mon January 06, 2020
Dear Pat, Danny Jr, and Tab, I am so sorry to hear than Danny has left us.
My heart felt condolences To you and your family and my prayers be with you,
I am sitting here with tears in my eyes, remembering Danny, I have so many memories of all the years I have known You, Dan and your family. As you
know Danny was one of my best friends. I will cherish all the wonderful memories . I have so many I could wright a book. He was with out any doubt
one of the best persons I have ever known and I am proud to say he was my friend and I will miss him very much. As I know you will too.
May the Lord keep you and comfort you and your family at your time of loss. Love and prayers to you and your family.
Also I am so sad I could not be at The service for Danny but I just tonight found out about his passing.

Linda Payne
   Posted Mon January 20, 2020
I am so sorry for such a loss to you and your family. I know you must have a treasure trove of wonderful memories in your hearts. I do hope they will help you through the years to come.

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