Thomas VanDeventer, 93, of Bumpass, Virginia, was born in Stella, Nebraska, to Lester M. and Hazel Alberta (James) VanDeventer. He graduated from Stella High School as valedictorian in 1948. He joined the Navy after high school, serving as a Principal Training Specialist for technicians and operators of flight simulators and other electronic training devices. He retired from the Navy in March 1973 as an E7 Chief Petty Officer.
In July 1950, He married Patricia J. Krause in Falls City, Nebraska, and they had five children: Bruce Kevin, Deborah Jane, Judith Ann, Scott Morgan and Steven Camblin.
He was one of the founding members of the River of Life Worship Center (formally Spotsylvania
Assembly of God), Spotsylvania, VA, where he actively participated in technical support, musicals, teaching and frequently shared heartfelt solos. He loved The Lord and shared and lived The Gospel before family and friends. He could have a conversation with anybody, anywhere and walk away with new friends.
Mr. VanDeventer fell and fractured his back in October 2020 and since had been hospitalized at various times. It was his goal from that time to stand and walk again. He did accomplish the goal of standing before continued illnesses made him too weak to recover. He transitioned from his home on this earth into the arms of Jesus on October 18, 2023. Family and friends gathered on October 22 in Fredericksburg, Virginia, to celebrate a blessed life well lived and full of love. A military funeral honors service is being scheduled at Arlington National Cemetery, where his cremated remains will be buried with his daughter, Judith.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Patricia, his sister, Joan Wheeler of Stella, four of his children: Bruce (Debra), Deborah (Robert), Scott (Joanie), Steven (April), grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Mr. VanDeventer was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers: Howard, Harold, Frank, Walt and Ray VanDeventer, two sisters: Alice Rue and Jean Cook, and a daughter Judith Ann VanDeventer.