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James Howard VanderJagt

Posted 2019-07-12 by mhenderson
Published in Today's News-Herald on July 12, 2019 -
Lake Havasu City, Arizona -

James Howard VanderJagt, 67, passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in
Phoenix, Sunday, June 30, 2019 having suffered a heart attack in his
Havasu home.

He was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His family moved to Mesa,
Arizona when he was 12. He attended high school at Westwood High
School where he played football, earned his Boy Scout Eagle Award, and
was part of the National Honor Society. He earned his degree in
engineering/business at ASU in 1977 when he moved his family to Lake
Havasu City to join the family business, Form-A-Fab. He continued to
work as the general manager until March 2017 when the business closed.
He was active in his church, Havasu Missionary Alliance, serving as an
elder. His interests included being director of games for AWANA for
over 35 years. He was also active in the Republican Party, played
volleyball, and racquetball.

"Jim" is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Phyllis
VanderJagt. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Karen Jean
VanderJagt and their children, "JJ" (James Jacob) VanderJagt (wife,
Maria), Holland Padula (husband, Marty), and Heidi VanderJagt. Ten
grandchildren: Nathaniel, Riley, Kyla, Tyson, Lucas, and Ezekiel
VanderJagt. Also, Adele, Claire, James, and Evelyn Padula. Also
survived by four brothers, John (Cheryl) VanderJagt, Paul (Karen L.),
Bill (Laurie), Larry (Brandi)VanderJagt. He also is survived by 19
nieces and nephews including their spouses. Dylan (Roeshelle) Chapman,
Amberly Haws, Brandi Church, Chris (Amber) VanderJagt, Jeanette
VanderJagt, Nicholas (Ashley) VanderJagt, Adam VanderJagt, Lisa
VanderJagt, Chase (Kyrsten), VanderJagt, Lacey VanderJagt, Mark
(Megan) VanderJagt, Paige (Kyle) Thomas, Tanner VanderJagt. (Also
including 18 great nieces and nephews).

Jim touched lives everywhere, known as a godly man, honoring Christ in
all he did. He had too many friends to mention; friends that he made,
he kept for life. He loved to stay active, believed in staying
healthy, and remained optimistic in spite of being diagnosed with

A memorial service is set for 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 at Community
Presbyterian Church in Lake Havasu City.

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