2014-01-02 / Obituaries

Arthur Lee VanDenBerg, 61, Trucker

WEST BERLIN - Arthur Lee VanDenBerg, 61, was dispatched by God to deliver a load of ice water on December 20, 2013 in Medford, MA. Known as “Butch” to his Wisconsin family and friends, he was also known as “Shoe” to his Vermont family and friends and to the drivers he met along the way. He was born June 29, 1952, in Marshfield, WI to Leona and Antone “Tony” VanDenBerg. He married Alida Conti of West Berlin, VT in 1996 and resided there until his death. He was previously married to Cheryl Manicke of Marshfield, WI.

Arthur was employed by Trio Motor Transfer of Barre, VT. He grew up in his family owned and operated trucking business in central Wisconsin and went on to operate his own trucking firm in his younger years. He also spent several years working for Roehl Transport of Marshfield, WI, Anderson Trucking Service of St. Cloud, MN, Pouliot & Corriveau of Williamstown, VT, and East Montpelier Home Center, East Montpelier, VT. Arthur was an active member of the Dewitt Clinton Masonic Lodge in Northfield, VT and was also a member of the Wisconsin Rapids Masonic Lodge in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. He was a member of the Antique Truck Historical Society and Society for Creative Anachronism, Shire of Panther Vale. He enjoyed being in his workshop building things for the grandchildren, gardening in the spring and summer, especially the blackberry patch. Many family and friends benefited from Art’s determination to pick every blackberry on every bush and his generosity in sharing the bounty. At Christmas, Art revelled in making copious amounts of Chex Mix and sharing it with family and friends.

Art was a unique and talented individual and will be remembered fondly for his sense of humor, numerous and very entertaining stories, as well as his willingness to help others.

Art is survived by his wife; his daughter Brandy and her husband Roy Aldriedge, of Springfield, VT; his sons Daniel and his wife Joanna VanDenBerg of Marshfield, WI and Nicholas and his fiancée Laura Stone VanDenBerg of East Montpelier, VT; his grandchildren Sapphyre and Serena Aldriedge and Jack and Russell VanDenBerg; his brother Roger Fox of Hewitt, WI; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends across the country.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter Stephanie VanDenBerg of Marshfield, WI; and his sisters Margie Wilhelm and Frances Scholze.

A Service of Remembrance celebrating Art’s life was held on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home in Barre, VT. Dewitt Clinton Lodge No. 15 in Northfield performed a Masonic service. A service in Wisconsin will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dewitt Clinton Masonic Lodge #15, Carpenter Builders Fund, 151 South Main Street, Northfield, VT 05663.

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