Obituary - Donald Eugene Vaneps

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Donald Eugene Vaneps

November 18, 2017
Age: 81
Residence: Rockaway Beach, MO

Donald E. Vaneps, 81, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on November 18th, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. He was born July 7th, 1936, in Grand Rapids, MN to Albertus and Katherine. Don was proud of his service in both the Minnesota National Guard and his 32-year career at Erie Mining Company as a shovel operator.  His love for God’s creation led him to enjoy fishing at Blackduck Lake, hunting and travel.  His Faith in Christ and the Word of God gave him strength, he clung to its truth. 1 John 5:11-12, “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.”   

 He was spoiled by his amazing wife and high school sweetheart, Faith Ann for 63 years. Don was father of four children: Doreen (Allen) Mount; Raeni Van Epps; Kenneth (Cara) Van Epps and Richard (Candice) Van Epps.

 He was a loved grandpa to Bobbie Ann Austin, Isaac (Eva) Van Epps, and Amanda (Ryan) Fife and great-grandfather to five.  

 He was preceded in death by his father and mother Albertus D. Vaneps, Katherine M. Williams; step parents Edna M. Vaneps and Ronald M. Williams; brothers Robert Vaneps, Raymond Vaneps, and Clarence Williams.

Don is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, sisters Audrey Crist, Mary Lynch, Katherine Simonson, and Margaret Olsen.

 A graveside service will be held at the Biwabik Township Memorial Cemetery in Minnesota in July 2018; more information will be published in early July. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com


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