Donald Vodder

Donald Robert Vodder passed away Sunday morning, September 19, 2010 from endstage lung disease at Evergreen Hospital surrounded by his family. Don was born to Peter and Lena Vodder May 2, 1924 in Seattle, WA. He was proceeded in death by his parents, brother Warren and adoring wife of 54 years, Dorothy Lorrraine Devan. He resided nearly all of his life in Bothell, graduating from Bothell High School in 1942. He joined the United States Marine Corps serving in the South Pacific during WWII from 1942-1945. Definitely a member of “The Greatest Generation,” he island-hopped the South Pacific observing the cruelties of war. He was involved in battles at Tarawa and Okinowa. He then came home to Bothell and raised an American family. Following his father, he took over the family dairy business gradually transferring to Foremost Dairy where he owned and operated his own dairy route(s) within the Bothell, Woodinville, Kenmore and Alder-wood areas for 30 years. He is survived by his three daughters, Mary Vodder Shrader (Richard), Faye Vodder and Janet Vodder. He also leaves behind four granddaughters, Becky Shrader, Megan Shrader Cournoyer (Brian), Katie Hogston-Clarke-Brown (J.B.), Angie Clarke Fleming-Jones (David) and two great grandchildren, Jack and Aspen Fleming-Jones. Of Danish descent, Don was an avid fisherman and hunter exploring countless northwest and eastern Washington trails and lakes. He was creative and accomplished in many phases of carpentry. He is most remembered by his family for his steadfast strong character and humor as the head of the Vodder family for many years. His generosity and interest in all of his family set the standard for us all to strive toward. During the last three years of his life he was devotedly cared for in his own home by his full-time caretaker, Maurica Cain and part time caretaker, Tom Lawanivalu who became family friends. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their love, support and interest in helping us accomplish our desire to always keep Dad at home at the end of his life. Dad, thank you for all the wonderful and kind things you did over the many years for all of us. We have a grand collection of memories and know that you are with Mom now. One of your favorite hymns was “Just a Closer Walk with Thee”…we know you are happily walking with Him now. There is no funeral service per Don’s request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed toward Children’s Orthopedic Hospital in Seattle.

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