Joseph R. VanDette

Oscoda, Michigan
September 20, 1945 - September 30, 2017

Service Location

Grace Community E.P.C.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 11:30 AM at Grace Community E.P.C. in Oscoda, MI.

Obituary Notice

Joseph R. VanDette, age 72, of Oscoda passed away at Tendercare Nursing Home in Tawas City, MI on September 30, 2017. He was born on September 20, 1945 in Highland Park, MI and adopted by the late Charles and Ruth (Brooks) VanDette. He was a graduate of Tawas Area High School, Class of 1963. Joseph was retired from the State of Michigan Department of Corrections. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards and dominos, attending car shows, and maintaining his vehicles. He spent winters in Port Mansfield, TX. Joseph was a member of the Grace Community E.P.C. in Oscoda, MI where he served as a Deacon prior to his illness.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Marj (Nagy) VanDette, and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 14th at 11:30 AM at Grace Community E.P.C. in Oscoda, MI. Condolences may by left for the family at


So sorry to hear of your loss cousin Marj. Joe was so friendly and helpful at all the reunions. We are going to miss his clever remarks. God comfort you in this time of sorrow.
— Viola Martin
Our sincere condolences and prayers to you all...from Sherron and Dar Wendt.
— sherron wendt
Marj, you are all in our prayers..
— Dave and Carrie Graf
My sincerest sympathy on this loss. Joe was a classmate of mine, and, Marj, we also go way back. Thinking of you at this very difficult time. Prayers for all who loved him.
— Nancy Borosch
brother(by law) was always an out-spoken man who said what he though and was true to his word. He was a faithful husband and I am so fortunate to have had him with my sister Marge.

His second love may have been history: WWII, Iosco co. and he was always enjoyable to talk about General Geo Patton.

His movie career was short but famous. He was one of the stars in a wonderful and humorous movie known as "The Monster Movie" Other of his fellow buddies showed what can be done with true fellowship.

I will miss him, but will as we talked many times he has gone and is reserving a room in Gods house for me, close to him.
— ed nagy
Marj so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and sympathy
— Pam Keiser Wyrick
Marj, Family and Friends of Joe
A sad day when Joe passed away. However, the memories of Joe that dates back to our High School years remains vivid within each of us. A physical piece of the past is now missing but the memories remain. Please accept our condolences and heart felt sadness.
Tom Musolf on Behalf of the Tawas Area High School Class of 1962
— Tom Musolf
So very sorry for your loss of a dear love one. And a co-worker and good friend at MTU in Ionia. We watched each others back while in the pole barns. He will be missed greatly. God Bless your families.
— Jack and Teresa Peterson

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