Dennis Vander Pluym

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Dennis M. Vander Pluym, 64, of Belleville, IL, born June 14, 1956, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, February 6, 2021, at his residence.

Dennis was a machinist who had owned The Crank Shop, Millstadt, IL, and also worked for B&D Machinery, Marissa, IL.  He was a former volunteer firefighter with Northwest St. Clair County Fire Protection District.  He liked to fish, watch NASCAR, and enjoyed cooking and camping.  Dennis loved growing vegetables in his garden and most of all spending time with his only grandchild, Mia.

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude, nee Weingart, Vander Pluym; a brother, David Vander Pluym; and a brother-in- law, Jerry Brown.

Surviving are his loving wife, Patricia Lorene, nee Neff, Vander Pluym;
two children, Luke Vander Pluym of Chicago, IL, and Jennifer (Eric) Joseph of Smithton, IL;
a granddaughter, Mia Joseph;
his father, David Vander Pluym;
four sisters, Donna (Bill) Foutch, Shari (Bob) Sobczak, Barb Whan (Ron Sobczak), and Shelly (David) Langford;
two brothers-in-law, Elmer (Jeannette) Neff and Ron (Janelle) Neff;
two sisters-in-law, Jeanne Vander Pluym and Darlene Brown;
and nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, to the American Heart Association, or to the Friends of Rickover Naval Academy, Chicago, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

 Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.  Standard CDC guidelines, including masks, will be observed.

 Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, February 12, 2021, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. John Myler officiating.

According to Dennis’s wishes, cremation was held.


10 Comments on Dennis Vander Pluym

Steve and Sharon Kaffer said : Guest Report Feb 13, 2021 at 8:08 PM

Pat- I am so very sorry for your loss. You were such a big part of our family for so long at the restaurant that I feel like you are a one of my sisters. I didn't know Dennis well, but I know that he was always such a super friendly guy. I wish you all the best. With love from Seattle- Steve and Sharon Kaffer

  • Vaughn
  • WA
Valerie Oaks said : Guest Report Feb 11, 2021 at 8:48 AM

Patty and family I'm so sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there in person to give my condolences. I am hving minor surgery today. I hope to see you all again real soon. Hugs to you all - luv ya Patty ❤

  • Belleville
  • IL
Pat and Mike Burns said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 8:31 PM

So very sorry to hear about Denny. Prayers go out to you and your family. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Swansea
  • IL
Melissa Witt-Smith said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 1:23 PM

Patty & family- I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband Denny. I always enjoyed hearing about your camping adventures & how proud you were of your children & granddaughter. Please accept my deepest sympathy! You’ll be in my prayers??.

  • Fairview Heights
  • Illinois
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Patty Karfs said : Guest Report Feb 09, 2021 at 8:41 AM

Patty & family- please accept my heartfelt sympathy on your loss of Denny. Praying for strength for you in the days and months ahead. Patty Karfs

  • Belleville
  • IL
Lee and Gerry Wiegand said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2021 at 6:13 PM

Our deepest sympathy and prayers for Patty and her family. Sorry for your loss.

  • Smithton
  • Il
Sandy Hellman said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2021 at 5:06 PM

So sad for you and your family, Patty. Such a deep hurt. We have lost a truly loving and wonderful cousin. He will be missed by all. Loved him dearly! Take care and God bless you and your family.

  • Breese
  • Il
Rhonda Nelson said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2021 at 4:38 PM

Patty I Am so sorry to hear about your loss. You and the kids are in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Centennial
  • CO
Jeff and Teresa Parker said : Guest Report Feb 08, 2021 at 2:44 PM

Patty and family so sorry to hear about your loss of Dennis please except our condolences.

  • Belleville
  • Il

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