Obituary: Peter Vander Wende |

Obituary: Peter Vander Wende

Services for Peter “Van” Vander Wende of Grass Valley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Nevada City chapel of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary. Burial will be at the New Elm Ridge Cemetery on Kidder Avenue in Grass Valley.

Mr. Vander Wende died Friday, March 22, in Grass Valley. He was 77.

He was born Jan. 12, 1925, in Alhambra, to Peter and Margaret (Sjoerdma) Vander Wende.

He served in the U.S. Navy amphibians during World War II in Africa, Italy, Europe and the Pacific campaigns. He also served during the Normandy Invasion.

He owned Van’s Frame and Axle for more than 30 years, retiring in 1980. He was founder and past fire chief of the Bullion Volunteer Fire Department. He was the founder, past chairman and member of Nevada County Racing Association. He was a 45-year member of the Grass Valley Elks, was past exalted ruler, and received the “Elk of the Year” award.

He was past president of the Grass Valley Jaycees and a member of the American Legion, Frank Gallino Post No. 130. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Vander Wende of Grass Valley; daughter and son-in-law Susan and Daniel Rousch; brothers Gary, James and Charles Vander Wende; grandchildren Kristina Gee, Katherine Rousch and Daniel Rousch II; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Louise Vander Wende Crone, on Jan. 11, 2002; two sisters; and one brother.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Purple Pig Project, Grass Valley Elks No. 538, 109 S. School St., Grass Valley 95945.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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