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“Our sympathy to your family. Oh how we enjoyed Bill in the short time we knew him! ”
1 of 1 | Posted by: Dian Humble - Berne, IN - Friend


William James Vandertulip,"Bill", 87, passed from this world to eternal life on February 17, 2017 at Swiss Village Retirement Community, Berne, Indiana.
Bill was known for his enduring patience, gentleness, intellect, and dry humor. Bill's greatest passion was the study of scripture, especially bible history. Bill immersed his mind in the commentaries and writings of Calvin, Spurgeon, Murray, Henry, Kuyper, Josephus, and others. He often taught classes in the churches he attended and was jokingly nicknamed "the professor" for his tedious explanations. Bill was born at home on March 24, 1929 in Clifton, N.J. to Jacob Vandertulip and Nellie Steenland. His grandparents immigrated to N.J. from the island of Texel, The Netherlands. He was raised in the traditions of the Reformed Church. As a boy, Bill occasionally rode the Borden milk delivery route by horse and wagon with his father during the Great Depression, later by truck. In his youth, he developed his own large paper route and also worked in other capacities for the newspaper. He also recalled working at the soda fountain at Meyer Brothers department store in Patterson, N.J. Bill and one of his brothers, Donald contracted polio in youth, which was rampant at that time. After fully recovering, he graduated from Clifton High School in 1948 and was awarded a full scholarship at Pace Business College in New York City due to a federal program benefiting polio survivors. Soon after, he worked as a sales clerk at the laboratories of Allen DuMont in Patterson, N.J., which produced components and cathode ray tubes for the earliest commercially available television sets. Bill married his young bride, Patricia Stumpf, on January 27, 1951, two months before being inducted into the U.S. Army. The marriage would last 64 ½ years until her death in 2015. Bill served in the Korean Conflict for two years. Upon return, the family moved west of Clifton to Denville, N.J. where he resided for forty years.
In addition to Pace College, Bill earned his B.S. in business administration from Farleigh Dickenson University of N.J. by taking night classes while working full time. Bill worked for 39 years as sales manager for Warren G-V Communications (now SPX corporation), Livingston, N.J., which produced electronic components and thermal controls used in computers, radar, communications, and industry. During his 40 years in Denville, N.J., he was active in local politics and served as a township councilman for several terms with his best friend and mayor, Fred Clark. Bill attended Bethlehem Church, Randolph, N.J., often teaching bible classes. With the help of Pat, many neighborhood kids were rounded up and taken to Sunday school or youth activities such as Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, Pioneer Girls and Boy's Brigade. After retiring in 1998, Bill moved with Pat to Fort Wayne, IN to be near their daughter, Ellen and her family, loving retirement in Fort Wayne. They also maintained a seasonal home for a time in Summerville, S.C. near their son, Bill and his family, greatly enjoying time with their seven grandchildren. They attended The Chapel in Fort Wayne for many years, with great affection for pastor Rick Hawks and enjoying the seniors group there. Bill was honored to substitute teach for a men's class for Pastor Hawks on occasion. Due to declining health, Bill moved to Swiss Village Retirement Community, Berne, IN in July 2015. At Swiss Village, he appreciated devotional classes, prayer time, and chapel with chaplain Mike Wertenberger. Bill will be missed by dear friends from the Covington Reserve neighborhood, Fort Wayne. He was preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Nellie Vandertulip, wife Patricia, brother John (Betty survives) Vandertulip of Texas. He is survived by his brother Donald (Beatrice) of Budd Lake, N.J., daughter Ellen (Mike) Kinzer of Fort Wayne, IN, son William (Sylvia) Vandertulip of Summerville, SC, grandchildren Erika Kinzer (Joant) Perdomo of Columbia, S.C., Erin (Brian) Mutton of Fort Wayne, IN, Kendra (Shane) Muller of Kalamazoo, MI, Kristen Kinzer of Grand Rapids, MI, Kyle and Ryan Vandertulip, of Summerville, SC, Carly Vandertulip of Charlotte, NC, and four great grandchildren, Charlotte and Eli Muller, Camila Perdomo, and Jack Mutton. Funeral service is 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 23 at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral home, 8325 Covington Road, Fort Wayne, IN officiated by Swiss Village Chaplain Michael Wertenberger, with calling 2 hours prior beginning at 9:00 am. Burial will be at Covington Memorial Gardens with a private family service following the funeral. To sign the online guestbook visit www.domccombandsons.com. Memorial donations may be made to Swiss Village Samaritan's fund, Swiss Village, 1350 W.Main St. Berne, IN 46711, Attention: Jennifer Lehman, or Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic, Fort Wayne.