Leonard Vander Lugt, 86, of Sunnyside, a gentle and kind man who had an amazing faith in God, went to be in the arms of his loving Savior on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, from Landmark Care Center in Yakima.

Leonard was born April 30, 1924 in Dorr, Mich., the son of Andrew and Agnes (Dehaan) Vander Lugt.

Leonard received his education in Michigan and later served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946.

On Aug. 1, 1950 he married Hermina Jansen in Sunnyside. Leonard worked for Roza Irrigation, Valley Hay and Implement and the U.S. Postal Service until retiring in 1988.

He was a lifetime member of the Sunnyside Christian Reformed Church.

Leonard volunteered many hours to the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels.

He enjoyed gardening and was known for his delicious tomatoes, beautiful tulips and roses.

A favorite past-time was playing games with family and friends. He and Hermina loved to travel throughout the U. S. and celebrated Christmas one year in Hawaii with their whole family, a trip that will never be forgotten.

Grandpa Leonard was a great storyteller and his grandchildren never got tired of hearing his stories over and over.

Leonard is survived by one son, Ronald (Tamara) Vander Lugt of Olympia; one daughter, Judy Bulmer of Yakima; three grandchildren, Bryan, Kevin and Lindsey; three sisters, Ida DeJong, Nell Bode and Arlene Sheffield all of Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hermina; and one brother, Anthony Vander Lugt.

Viewing and visitation will be held Thursday, June 24, 2010, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside. Graveside service will be held Friday, June 25, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside, with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home.

Those wishing to honor Leonard's memory may contribute to the Sunnyside Christian School.

Those wishing to sign Leonard's online memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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