James Vanderloop Sr
 - 3/26/2003

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James J. Vanderloop, Sr., 79, of Columbus died Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at Veterans Hospital in Grand Island. Services are 10:00 am Saturday, March 29, 2003 at St. Isidore Catholic Church in Columbus with the Reverend Joseph A. Miksch officiating. Visitation will begin at 4:00 pm Friday at McKown Funeral Home with a Vigil service at 8:00 pm, also at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Saturday morning from 8:00 - 9:30 am at McKown Funeral Home. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery with military honors by Hartman Post #84 American Legion Honor Guard.

James J. Vanderloop, Sr. was born March 25, 1924 in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska to Harold L. and Cecelia (Schmitz) Vanderloop. He graduated from Cedar Rapids High School in 1941. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII from February 1945 - November 1946 earning the rank of Master Sgt.. As a paratrooper, he jumped into occupied Japan with the occupation forces. Following his discharge, James returned to Cedar Rapids where he farmed until 1947 and then attended Radio & T.V. school in Omaha. On June 6, 1949 he married Mary Ann Haun at Sacred Heart Church in Greeley, Nebraska. The couple lived in Cedar Rapids where he owned and operated Jim's Radio & Electric. In 1951, Jim became Post Master at Cedar Rapids where he served until retiring in 1981. Following retirement, he continued to farm. While living in Cedar Rapids, he was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Church Trustee, 4th Degree Knights Of Columbus member in Elgin, Holy Name Society, Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Town Board, American Legion, founding member/Secretary Treasurer of the Cedar Rapids Community Development Board, Assistant Fire Chief of the volunteer fire department and secretary/treasurer for the Cedar Valley Board of Reclamation. He served in the Air Force Reserve in Columbus, Grand Island, member of the Grand Island Recovery Unit, and the Air National Guard unit in Lincoln, retiring after 32 years of service. While living in Columbus, he was a member of St. Isidore Catholic Church, V.F.W. #3704, Knights of Columbus, and NARFE.

Jim is survived by:

Wife Mary Ann Vanderloop of Columbus, NE
Daughter Elizabeth Ann (James) French of Cedar Rapids, NE
Daughter Geri Ann Mitchell of Columbus, NE
Son Gerard J. Vanderloop of Ramona, CA
Daughter Mary T. (Steve Skillman) Vanderloop of Denton, NE
Son James J. Vanderloop, Jr. of Cedar Rapids, NE
Sister Carolyn Bourn of Omaha, NE
Sister Janice (Virgil) Pugh of Belgrade, NE
Sister Marge (Charles) Rundell of Longmont, CO
Brother Eugene (Clara) Vanderloop of Alden, IA
Sister Joan Vanderloop of Columbus, NE

7 Grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren

He was preceded in death by:

Father Harold L. Vanderloop
Mother Cecelia Vanderloop
Daughter Patricia Ann Vanderloop
Brother Harold Vanderloop

Memorials may be directed to Donors Choice

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