“You knew you were marked when you were called one of his many terms of endearment such as “honey-sweety,” “peaches-and-cream pie face” and “tootsala,” said Jon Vanderbeek, who lives in Michigan. “He was very generous with his art, always creating a card or a painting for someone in particular. All were welcome in his home — which he described as a museum. From geodes, fossils and civil war artifacts to his beloved library of art, film and naturalist books, he took great care in all of them.”
Vanderbeek is survived by his two sons, Karl (Rhonda) Vanderbeek and Jon (Sarah) Vanderbeek, and granddaughters Anna, Annika, Ella and Hannah. Other survivors include brother Randy (Patti) Vanderbeek and sister Nancy Elliott as well as many nieces and nephews. A private memorial service is planned.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate tax deductible contributions made to “The Muse Machine: Carrie Vanderbeek Scholarship Fund.” The scholarship, which helps young students pursue the arts, was created in memory of Don Vanderbeek’s niece who tragically died in 1993 at the age of 16. Donations can be mailed to 7205 Stiver Road, Germantown, OH 45327.