Our lives were turned upside down when we lost our beloved, husband, son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, and friend. Mickey Eugene Vanderpoel passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 12, 2019, doing what he loved, enjoying the great outdoors.
Mickey was born Oct. 3, 1957, to the late Kenneth Lee Vanderpoel and Mabel Marie Vanderpool in Sayre, Pennsylvania. He was also raised and loved by the late Willis and Cora Thetga. Mickey graduated from Towanda High School in 1976. After high school, he went to work immediately at International Paper in Wysox, Pennsylvania. Over the years it has changed names many times but most recently as Jeld-Wen. He worked at the plant for 42 years as a press operator. That place was his second home and he made so many friends. He will be greatly missed.
On June 17, 1978, Mickey married Brenda Marie Kithcart in Wysox, Pennsylvania. They would have been married 41 years this June. He was a devoted and beloved husband. Over the years Mickey had many canine companions whom he loved but most recently they had three beagles who were the light of his eyes Corky, Molly, and Rosie. They spent countless hours together enjoying the outdoors chasing bunnies. Mickey was a member of Endless Mountains Primitive Outdoors. Mickey enjoyed so many things over the years. To say he lived life to the fullest was an understatement. He went on several Rendezvous with his Primitive Outdoor Family as well. Mickey enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, camping, running his dogs, black powder shooting, spending time with his beloved wife, family and friends, staying at his cabin, and visiting all of his little great nieces and nephews. Mickey loved living a simple life and his favorite saying was “life is good.”
In addition to his wife, Mickey is survived by his mother, Mabel Marie Woodruff of Elmira, New York; father-in-law, Harry Kithcart of Towanda, Pennsylvania; brothers, Roger Vanderpoel of New York, Jimmy (Joanne) Vanderpoel, of Millport, New York, Marvin Vanderpoel of Hunts Corners, New York, Shawn Woodruff of Elmira, New York, Rick (Joan) Woodruff, of Elmira, New York, Scott (Tammi) Brown, of Elmira, New York; sister, Tia Woodruff, of Whitney Point, New York; brother-in-Law, Lynn (Debbie) Kithcart of Wysox, Pennsylvania; sisters-in-law, Mary Dyer of Towanda, Pennsylvania, Karen (Mark) Ford Sayre, Pennsylvania, Linda (Steve) Kalo of Towanda, Pennsylvania, Pam (Kenneth) Benjamin of Rome, Pennsylvania, Darcie (Mark) Robinson of Nichols, New York; aunt and uncle, Ira and Chris Thetga, of Potterville Pennsylvania, special cousin, David (Cleo) Thetga of Wysox, Pennsylvania. Mickey had many nieces and nephews whom he adored and loved spending countless hours with, especially handing out his Big Bear Hugs! He also had several cousins and friends whom he enjoyed spending time with as well.
Mickey was predeceased by his father, Kenneth Vanderpoel; foster parents, Willis and Cora Thetga; mother-in-law, Margaret Kithcart; brother, Dale Vanderpoel; and nephew, Jimmy Vanderpoel.
Words cannot describe our heartbreak of you leaving us too soon. We all miss you dearly. Until we meet again, fly high in the heavens above us and watch over all of us.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2019, with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, Pennsylvania.
The family suggests that contributions may be directed to the Bradford County Humane Society, P.O. Box 179, Ulster, PA 18850, in memory of Mickey Eugene Vanderpoel. Memories and condolences may be expressed by visiting www.bowenfuneralhomes.com.