Roy Vander Waerdt

June 23, 1948 - July 31, 2020

Visitation: Visitation, with family present, will be Tuesday, August 4 from 5-7 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Service: A memorial service will begin at 7:00 p.m Tuesday, August 4th at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

      Roy Wayne Vander Waerdt, age 72, died Friday, July 31, 2020 at his home in Worthing, SD with family by his side.  Visitation, with family present, will be Tuesday, August 4 from 5-7 p.m., at Anderson Funeral Home.  A memorial service will begin at 7:00 p.m.

          Roy was born on June 23, 1948 to Harry and Gladys (Edman) Vander Waerdt in Canton, SD.  He attended school in Canton, SD.  He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a crew chief on a medevac helicopter. He married Betty Geveshausen on October 7, 1967 in Beresford, SD.  The couple lived in Sioux Falls before moving to Worthing, SD in 1974, where he resided until his death.

          Roy spent 40 years working in the feed plant at Golden Sun Feeds.  He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed shooting with friends.

          Roy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Betty of Worthing, SD; daughter, Lori Vander Waerdt of Kansas City, MO; sons, Corey (Stephanie) of Collinsville, OK, Troy of Worthing, SD, Brian (Amy) of Sioux Falls, SD, and Justin (Karissa) of Harrisburg, SD; 12 grandchildren: Elizabeth, Amy, Caitlyn, Hayden, Titan, Tori, Adam, Lucy, Lincoln, Emily, Jamison, and Collin; 3 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Jentry, and Jaxon; sisters, Linda Meyers (Dr. Harry Evans) of Longview, TX, and Vickie (Doug)  Griese of Sioux Falls, SD; brother, Daniel of Sioux Falls, SD; along with numerous extended relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters, and 1 brother.

          Roy’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the VA and Compassionate Care Hospice for the loving care given to Roy.

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  1. Gregg Vanderwaerdt on August 1, 2020 said:

    Sorry to hear Roy has passed away, I have many fond memories seeing each other over holidays growing up.

  2. Chuck & Allie Fodness on August 1, 2020 said:

    So sorry to hear about Roy’s passing. I’ll always remember his bright smile and hardy laugh. We had some great times as cousins in Canton at Grandpa & Grandma Edman house. Rest In Peace Roy.
    Our condolences to Betty and his family. May God help you through this tremendous loss.

  3. Chuck Fodness on August 2, 2020 said:

    So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He was my 1st cousin. I always enjoyed Roy’s big smile and hardy laugh. We had some wonderful times at Grandpa & Grandma’s house in Canton when we were kids.
    Betty and family I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and comfort you.

    Chuck & Allie Fodness

  4. richard and sue naglestad on August 2, 2020 said:

    we are so sorry to hear this, richard my husband and Roy was best friends in high school. we are praying for you all and your family for comforting

  5. Terry Schaefer on August 2, 2020 said:

    I will definitely miss Roy. We had many great trips to the shooting range on Saturday mornings. We both enjoyed visiting about our different guns and going to gun shows. He was also a great source of information on cars for me. He was a good buddy!

  6. Dr. Harry Evans on August 2, 2020 said:

    When I first met Roy. He seemed a quiet ,nice man. My wife, Linda ,Roy’s sister informed me that Roy did not trust Doctors. Over the years, we overcame the Doctor stuff The kindness and pride he demonstrated for Linda and his family became evident. I really got to know Roy on a trip to Washington,D.C he took with Linda & I, a few years ago. He really enjoyed seeing the the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the National Aviation Museum, which exhibited a Huey helicopter, on which Roy was a Crew Chief in Vietnam. It was this service to the USA, which exposed him to Agent Orange. This caused the bone cancer ,which ultimately took his life. His heart was as big as his size. I came to love him and will miss my brother in law.,Roy

  7. Linda K. Vander Waerdt Myers on August 7, 2020 said:

    My sincere condolences to Betty and family for the loss of their husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. I knew Roy from the time he was born! Sister Mary got to take care of him since she was the eldest sibling, whenever Mother was occupied with caring for our family. When Roy got a little older we were best buddies as he liked to climb trees with me and made the best mud pies when we played in our play house on the farm! He was always a soft hearted boy who took the punishment when we got in trouble, even if I was the instigator! We used to ride our bicycles a mile and a half to our rural school and remember stopping to play along the way home. Those were the good, old days! When I went off to college and he into the Army, we didn’t talk as much as we did, but once we lost our Mother, two sisters and a brother, we started talking on the phone weekly. Once he’d been put on hospice we talked daily since I live in Texas. Betty is to be commended as she didn’t let him go to a home for care, but brought him home from the hospital and took care of him to the end! Roy lead a good, full, life caring for his family, whom he loved very, very much!