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309 W. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
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Ross Vander Weele

Ross Scott Vander Weele

Friday, June 4th, 1965 - Monday, July 27th, 2020
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Ross Scott Vander Weele, Age 55 of Kaleva died at his home Monday, July 27, 2020 surrounded by his family.
He was born on June 4, 1965 in Paw Paw, MI the son of Donald J. Vander Weele and Paula J. (Ross) Brill. He was a 1983 graduate of Onekama High School. He continued his education receiving a Associates in Nursing From West Shore Community College, a Bachelors in Nursing, a Masters in Health Care Administration, & a Masters in Informatics all from Davenport University. He married Karen L. Riggs at the Manistee United Methodist Church on August 5, 1995.
Ross began his medical career in 1988 as a LPN at West Shore Medical Center in Manistee. His career continued at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids (Urology) and Sparrow Hospital in Lansing before returning to West Shore in 1991 as critical care nurse, then nursing supervisor, and then to IT.
Ross enjoyed spending his time on Chief Lake where he lived with his family. He was a lover of the water and spent many fishless hours out in his NITRO boat with Ryan, hoping to catch “the big one”, knowing there was a memory or lesson to be made or learned! He could be found swimming in the lake with his family and Fisher and Oakley the family dogs, while drinking a cold one. Ross loved working on the family cabin with Karen the kids and his dad Don, it was always their “project”. Every last detail was taken to make sure “it was done right the first time”. Ross, Karen, Don, and Paula were so proud of that cabin. When he wasn't at the lake he was in the woods putting in a food plot for the upcoming hunting season and discussing with Guy and Nolan their strategy. Ross shot a six point buck on October 25, 2019 and made a memory with Nolan and Karen, one of which they'll never forget. When hunting season was over you would typically find Ross coaching his boys with hockey or following Megan and Erin with Travel softball all over the state. Ross was very proud to be able to coach MHS Softball for two years and be able to offer his knowledge to all of the players! He was most fond of #15 as she still holds a special place in his heart. Ross was a big fan of the Red Wings, Lions, Tigers, and Notre Dame, but we never held that last one against him!

Ross loved his sister Lynn dearly and always spoke of the crazy and wonderful memories they made at Chief Lake and his relationship with her he always treasured.

Ross loved his career as a Nurse. He broadened his experience by working on the Urology floor (7North) at Butterworth Hospital and returned to Manistee to work in Critical Care overseeing his mother, Paula, as her charge nurse! Oh the stories and memories they would discuss. He loved his past and current co-workers and boss, he was always a hard worker and would always “take one for the team”. Ross was an advocate for what he believed in at the hospital and respected all co-workers and management.

Ross loved his lifelong friend and spouse Karen whom he meant at work. He treasured her and their relationship utmost and first. They did everything together and with their children as they wouldn't have it any other way. Karen always referred to Ross as “her rock”, as he provided stability and could move mountains in her eyes.

Ross was a lifelong follower of Christ and spent his final days spreading his word knowing he would have eternal life

He is survived by his wife; Karen L. Vander Weele of Kaleva, four children; Megan (Guy) Gonyon of Twin Lake, Nolan, Ryan, & Erin Vander Weele all of Kaleva, his parents; Paula (Robert) Brill of Onekama and Donald J. Vander Weele of Bear Lake, his sister; Lynn (Bret) Mathieu of Bear Lake and their children Jenica (Matt) Preuss and Haley Mathieu, in laws: Dan & Sally Bellman & Family, Bob & Nancy Randall & Family, Grant & Julie Riggs & their Children; Joe, Josh, & Jake Riggs, and mother-in-law; Patsy Riggs.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law; Frank Riggs and Step-Father: Papa Bill Fortin.
The family will receive friends at the Oak Grove Funeral Home In Manistee from 4-7 PM on Friday, July 31, 2020 .
Memorials in Ross’s name may be directed to “BE The Match”.

Please share a memory with the family at Arrangements by Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Manistee.
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    Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Friday, July 31st, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Oak Grove Funeral Home - Manistee
    309 West Parkdale Road
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Love, Hugs and Prayers *Fairbanks Family * Karl & Kathy, Kasey & Ashlee

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Lauralee Ryan

Posted at 04:48pm
Although no words can really help to ease the loss of Ross, please know that we are thinking about all of you!
-Paul and Lauralee

Jan Bigalke

Posted at 06:49am
I have special memories of Ross as a co-worker in ICU at West Shore, softball coach, and friend. We had our first chocolate lab pup from him too! He was such an awesome man who loved his family, friends and God. I am privileged to have known him. Karen and family are being lifted up in prayer. May the angels lead Ross to paradise and may he find comfort in the arms of Jesus!

Sonja Ganger

Posted at 07:51pm
I always enjoyed working with Ross at West Shore Medical Center (Munson Healthcare Manistee). We had many conversations about work and life. He will be greatly missed.

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Posted at 05:54pm
Karen, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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