David Benjamin Vandenbroeke, born on October 22, 1954, in Altadena, California, left this world on December 8, 2023, in Pryor, Oklahoma. He was a loving son, father, and grandfather. David led a remarkable life that touched the hearts of those around him.
After graduating from high school, David embarked on an extraordinary career in the Air Force. With unwavering dedication and commitment, he served his country for an impressive 21 years. Outside of his military obligations, David was known for his independent spirit and zest for life. He had a deep appreciation for animals and always had a rescue dog by his side. Spending time with family brought David immense joy. Gathering around the table to share meals with loved ones was not just a routine, but an opportunity to cherish the bonds that held them together.
One of David's passions was trains; he found solace in watching them pass by and fostering an interest in model trains. His fascination extended beyond trains to museums as well - exploring their exhibits was always an invigorating experience for him. In keeping with his vibrant personality, David was an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs football team. He never missed watching a game; the outcome had a profound impact on his mood and would set the tone for his entire day. David possessed a youthful spirit that endeared him to those who knew him best. Cartoons were one of his guilty pleasures, and he indulged himself in shows like Phineas and Ferb and SpongeBob SquarePants. Additionally, he was a fan of Betty Boop's timeless charm. While David's accomplishments were many, he took pride in his involvement with his community and church. He served as an altar boy and was a member of the honor guard for an impressive six years. Taking part in the rifle demonstration team showcased his commitment to excellence.
David was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Josephine Vandenbroeke. He is survived by his loving son, John Vandenbroeke and wife Dedra; sisters, Linda Groshong, Vivian Usseglio, and Heidi Vandenbroeke; grandchildren, Benjamen Vandenbroeke and Matthew Tyler Vandenbroeke; as well as numerous extended family members and friends.
David Benjamin Vandenbroeke will forever be remembered for the impact he made on the lives of those around him. His independent spirit, dedication to family, and zest for life served as an inspiration to all who had the privilege of knowing him. May he rest in peace knowing that he made a difference in this world, leaving behind a legacy of love and cherished memories.
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