Bill, 79, of Eyota, died Aug. 25, 2018, at Samaritan Bethany in Rochester. He was born Feb. 27, 1939 in Slayton, to Lazetta (March) and Arthur Vande Velde.
Bill graduated from Slayton High School in 1957. On Oct. 21, 1961, he married Carol Ann Olson, of Hadley. They moved to Rochester and then Eyota, where they raised a family of four sons and a daughter. Bill proudly served as a Minnesota State Trooper in the Rochester area for 30 years.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; his children, Chris, of Minneapolis, Phil (Karen), of Hastings, Tim (Pam), of St.Bonifacius, Jon, of Eyota and Kathleen (Curt) Olson, of Eyota; seven grandchildren, Zack, Brianna (Hunter) Kraus, Courtney, Jared, Jenna, Alec and Ashlee; and siblings, Mark and Barb. He is preceded in death by siblings, Gail and Jim.
Bill loved fishing, golfing and, in particular, spending time with his grandkids and attending their athletic events.
A special thank you to Samaritan Bethany (especially Pam Volk), and Seasons Hospice for their compassionate and loving care of Bill.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 2, in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester, with Rev. Thomas Loomis officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Samaritan Bethany or Seasons Hospice in Rochester. Blessed be his memory. Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.