Arthur R. Vande Poele BG (DE Ret)

May 5, 1931 - May 7, 2014
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Tuesday 5/13, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery
2465 Chesapeake City Rd
Bear, DE 19701
Wednesday 5/14, 11:00 am
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Wednesday 5/14, 9:30 am
St. Matthew's By the Sea United Methodist Church
1000 Coastal Highway
Fenwick Island, DE 19944
302-537-1402 | Map
Saturday 5/24, 11:00 am

Arthur R. Vande Poele, BG (DE Ret.), 83, passed away peacefully at Atlantic Shores Nursing Care in Millsboro on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Born in the Bronx, NY on May 5, 1931, Art was the son of the late Arthur Charles and Lena Monti Vande Poele. A 1949 graduate of Newark High School, Art wentContinue Reading

Brian Orledge left a message on January 11, 2023:
Dear Jeff and Kim, I have the fondest memories of Art. He allowed me to stay at his and June's place in Fenwick many years ago. He was a kind man who was always ready with a cocktail and a good joke. Some mornings, after Jeff and I were out too late, he would ask us if we wanted a homemade egg mcmuffin. I always said yes of course. Peace to you Arthur and thank you for your kindness.
Michael and Sandy Mooney left a message on May 27, 2014:
It is a great loss that Art is gone. He was a very warm and giving person, who never let life's challenges alter his positive manner. He was always ready to help anyone with a need, while he, himself, was hurting. His children can be very proud of a life lived with genuine love.
Debra Morris left a message on May 15, 2014:
June and family, I will miss the cheery greeting I always got from Art. Though I haven't seen him much lately, I remember Art well. I always thought you were lovely godparents. Thanks for being in my life - both of you! Debra Morris
Karie Gosnell left a message on May 14, 2014:
I've known the Vande Poele's for years as close friends of my parents Mr & Mrs. Norman Guarinello. I remember going to their trailer in Fenwich before they built their beautiful home and having to cross the highway to get to the beach. I also remember driving by their home and looking for their flag. The flag meant they were at the house. My parents spoke often of Mr. & Mrs. Vande Poele and their family with such great fondness and care. I'm sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to his children and grandchildren as well as Mrs. Vande Poele.
Susanne Larson left a message on May 12, 2014:
My parents owned the farm (now Christiana Meadows Apartments) across School Bell Road from the Vande Poele's farm (now School Bell Apartments). When it was hay-hauling time, Art's father would loan my father (Ralph Larson) a small Ford tractor to pull the wagon so that my dad did not have to unhitch one of his tractors from the elevator. I learned to drive a tractor at a VERY young age on that Ford tractor before being 'promoted' to my dad's John Deeres. As a late teenager, when I was still a child, Art would come over to our farm and, along with my cousin, Ted Weeden (who stayed with us in the summer), help with the hay hauling. I was on Route 7 just yesterday (May 11), passing by our two farms on a dual highway. We would not have envisioned that back in the 1950s! Much later, after Mrs. Vande Poele moved to West Main Street in Newark, my mother took me to a dentist just about across the street, and I remember stopping to visit Art's mom on a couple of those trips. May God wrap your family in His love, comfort, and peace at this difficult time.
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Brian Orledge left a message on May 12, 2014:
I lived with Jeff at Art and June's place one Summer in Fenwick. He was cool to let me stay there, but I knew he wouldn't put up with any shenanigans. He was a great man.
John Morris left a message on May 11, 2014:
I grew up with Chris and had many fond memories with the family. From sharing a meal (with a G & T) to building his wood shed in Newark. Mr. V always had a good time. I respected him, more than he will ever know. Just an amazing man and I will miss him greatly.
Joe and Janet Pistorius left a message on May 9, 2014:
After 50+ years of friendship with Art and June, I was deeply saddened to hear of his death. With the Lung Association, we shared many fun times together, and since we were both graduates of the U.S. Army War College, we shared many stories about our military experiences; but most important of all was the true friendship we both shared and valued to the end.
Maria & Gary Webster left a message on May 9, 2014:
Jeff, Gary and I are so very sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you're in our thoughts and our prayers. If there is any way we can be of some assistance to you and your family, we'll be there. I know from our many conversations, how much you loved "The General" and I can only imagine how much he loved you! What I didn't know until today was that your dad and my dad shared the same name! Although this is such a difficult time, know that you have friends that will be there when you need them! Hang in there - Gary & Maria Webster
Patricia Schnably left a message on May 9, 2014:
Jeff and Family, I am so sorry about your father and send my deepest sympathy. All of us here at CUA are thinking about you and know that the wonderful memories you have of your father are a great comfort. While I never had the pleasure of meeting your father, it was nice to see that he and I shared the same birthday. Take care. Pat Schnably, CUA
Paula Brinkman left a message on May 9, 2014:
Art enjoyed great respect from all his coworkers at the Edgewood Area offices of the Army Guard. He was a wonderful, positive and inspiring and supportive person. He always made us laugh and he was our secret weapon who cut his way through redtape and into the office of our target audiences. I remember one day he called a few of us outside and asked that we look down at the grass. It was "orange". Since the offices occupied a former Nike missile site and since Edgewood was know for experiments in biochemicals and other strange and unusual materials - we decided not to drink the water anymore. From that day until the facility moved to VA - Art carried the water in from his home. He was and always will be a loved memory.
Amy Banker left a message on May 9, 2014:
Art was a wonderful neighbor in Fenwick. He always looked after our house and more importantly was a cheerful inspiration. From the time he got his initial diagnosis and through Junes illness he was always positive. We will miss him. Amy,Larry,Brett and Adam Banker.
Antonio Fernandes & Family left a message on May 9, 2014:
Our families were neighbors and friends for many years.. Our kids grew up together with many memorable times. Art was always fun to be with yet willing to lend a hand when help was needed. He will be missed by many.
John Edinger left a message on May 8, 2014:
We are deeply saddened to hear of Art's passing. We just visited him on Good Friday and he seemed to be doing so well and looking forward to returning to his home in Seatowne. Art was special to us as we have a daughter and son-in-law in the Air National Guard. Art kindly counseled them with regard to their career management and partly due to his efforts they remain in the service today. This may not have been the case without his advice and careful guidance. We will miss him dearly. He did much for our community at Seatowne and our sympathies are extended to all members 5of his family. WE LOST A GREAT FRIEND. JOHN AND SUZANNE EDINGER
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