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Vandewalle, Gerard J. -

Gerard J. Vandewalle

Kalamazoo - Gerard passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Alamo Nursing Home. He was born September 29, 1922 in Denterghem, Belgium the son of Leo and Euphenia (VandeWiele) VandeWalle. Gerard proudly served his country in the US Army in the tank corp. in Europe during WWII. For many years he had been a carpenter for several local construction companies. Gerard was a member of the Michigan Carpenters Union Local 525. On March 5, 1947 in Kalamazoo he married Eileen Kellogg who passed away in 2011. For 64 wonderful years they enjoyed traveling all over the world by freighter. They also liked spending winters in Daytona Beach where they had made many friends. Surviving are his children, David (Mary Jo) VandeWalle of TX, Ron (Kathy) VandeWalle of Kalamazoo and Sue (Tim) Walley of Otsego; 5 grandchildren, Jennifer VandeWalle, Rebecca VandeWalle, Keith Walley, Samantha Walley and Jessica Fitzgerald; 2 step-grandchildren, Jay Pemberton and Brittany Copen; 4 great-grandchildren, siblings, Irene Bianco and Gabe VandeWalle; many nieces and nephews and his beloved companion dog, Sochi. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife and son, Steven VandeWalle. According to his wishes cremation has taken place. Burial of ashes will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in the summer. Contributions in memory of Gerard may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Messages of condolence may be posted at

Winkel Funeral Home
Winkel Funeral Home
207 E Allegan Street
PO Box 165
Otsego, MI 49078