November 22, 1933 - February 16, 2021 The Reverend Richard M. Vander Voet, 87, of Mount Vernon, Washington, died at his home on February 16, 2021. Dick was born on November 22, 1933 to Dirk and Elise Broekhuizen Vander Voet in Oak Harbor, Washington. He graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 1951. Dick attended Seattle Pacific College and graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa in 1955. In 1958 he completed a divinity degree at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan and was ordained in the Reformed Church in America. Several years later he received an M.S. degree in Sociology from Western Michigan University and became a certified therapist. On June 20, 1958 Dick married Beverly Smits in Friesland, Wisconsin. He then began his Reformed Church ministry as a youth pastor in Bellflower, California. Pastoral callings followed: Church in the Valley, Rowland Heights, California; Second Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Lincoln Mall Ministry, Matteson, Illinois. In 1980 Dick began a new chapter in ministry, as a Reformed Church in America denominational executive. After serving as the Director of World Missions, he retired in 1998 as the Coordinator for Volunteer Services, World Service and Disaster Response. Reverend Vander Voet was truly a world traveler. He is fondly remembered by associates, congregants and friends on five of the seven continents. He touched many lives, made things better for the struggling, and always strived to leave the world a much better place than he found it. Dick and Beverly retired to Mount Vernon, Washington, where they became active members of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Dick served on the Board of Josephine Caring Community, Stanwood, Washington and part time as the Director of Community Relations. Dick and Beverly also rediscovered leisure travel, visiting family and friends across the United States, and exploring their heritage in the Netherlands. Some of Dick's fondest memories were of growing up in an agricultural family on Whidbey Island prior to the airbase and Deception Pass Bridge. He and Beverly also enjoyed adventures with their young family as a visiting pastor in National and State Parks, and traveling via multiple modes between California, the Midwest and Washington to visit family. Dick's legacy lives on among his grandchildren who are introducing the great-grandchildren to a love of nature, other cultures and public service. Dick is survived by his wife of 62 years, his son Richard (Jeni) of Lander, Wyoming and his three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins in Western Washington and throughout the United States. Dick was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Minn (Clifford) Nienhuis and Alice (John) Rientjes; two brothers, Art (Henrietta, Lee) and Cornie (Eva) Vander Voet; and his daughter and son-in-law, Lois and Mark Burns. Memorial Contributions may be directed to First Evangelical Lutheran Church (2015 E Blackburn Rd, Mount Vernon, WA 98274) or Hospice of the Northwest in Mount Vernon (227 Freeway Dr, Suite A, Mount Vernon, WA 98273) Please send your condolences and share memories of Richard to his family online at kernfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in the care of Kern Funeral Home, Mount Vernon, Washington.

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