Lynn M. VanDerAue

Lynn M. VanDerAue, 87, of St. Joseph passed away, Saturday May 2, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel, St. Joseph.

Lynn was born in January 24, 1928 in Chicago to Myles & Josephine (Kortus) VanDerAue.  Lynn graduated from St. Joseph High School and attended Michigan State University. Lynn admirably served his country in the Navy during World War II.  On October 4, 1952 in St. Joseph he married the former Joan Katowich.  Lynn was employed in sales all his life-with Garey Roofing, Troost Brothers Furniture, & Michael’s Home Furnishings in Michigan City, Indiana.  His last eight years were as owner/operator of VanDerAue’s Juvenile Furniture in Benton Harbor, from where he retired. Lynn was a lifetime member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in St. Joseph, and a member of St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Elks Lodge #541. He enjoyed playing first base in the Plangger’s Furniture Softball League where he was known as “Stretch”.  Lynn also participated in the Elks bowling & golf leagues. He never missed one of his grandson’s sporting events, and was a long-time Chicago Cubs Fan.

Lynn leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving children-Janice (James) Sanders of St. Joseph and Thomas (Judy) VanDerAue of St. Joseph; three grandchildren-Benjamin Sanders of St. Joseph, Thomas Sanders of Las Vegas and Kyle VanDerAue of St. Joseph; and a brother-Charles VanDerAue of Cartwright, OK. He was preceded in death by his wife Joan on December 28, 2014, and his sister Lorraine McMullen February 22, 2015.

Celebration of Life Services will be held 4:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 6,  at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Rev. B. Gordon Barry officiating. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 3:00-4:00 PM at the funeral home. Private burial will take place at North Shore Memory Gardens with Military Rites conducted by the North Berrien Military Rites Team. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Friends wishing to sign Lynn’s Memory Book online may do so at

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