Dr. Franz Vanderpool

Dec. 27, 1954 - March 26, 2011

Dr. Franciscus Vanderpool, son of William Vanderpool and Paula M. Danse Darvin, was born, December 27, 1954, in Surabaya, Java, Indonesia. He departed this life, Saturday, March 26, 2011, in Osage Beach, Missouri at the age of 56 years, two months and 27 days.

On Dec. 14, 1985, in Camdenton, Missouri, he was united in marriage to Denise Marie Von Gunten and to this union four sons were born. Together they shared 25 years of marriage.

Franz spent the first six years of his life in the Netherlands. The family then moved to Waukesha. His early sense of adventure led him to the Boy Scouts, where he earned his Life Scout achievement. He was a graduate of Waukesha South High School in the class of 1973. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy as a medical corpsman in Korea and Okinawa, Japan. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, he attended the University of California San Diego. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. While in medical school he served in the National Guard for six years as a captain. He spent his 23-year medical career at Lake Regional Hospital in Osage Beach, Mo., in the Emergency Department. Franz achieved his American dream; brought to this country as an immigrant, served his country in the armed forces to then become a successful doctor.

He pursued his interests with a passion. He loved traveling and deep-sea fishing. Loved Harley Davidson motorcycles and was a member of "HOGS". He loved music, boating on the lake, tropical warm weather and fun. Franz found great joy in making others happy. Most of all, his wife and family were his passion.

He was a loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle. He was a compassionate, dedicated physician, as well as a great neighbor and friend. He served his fellow man in the military and in the medical community.

Franz was a good loving man that will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his wife, Denise Vanderpool; four sons, Adam, William, Samuel and Alexander "Scamp" Vanderpool all of the home; his mother, Paula Darvin (Dr. Ted) of Stroud, Oklahoma; siblings, Maureen Young (Mike) of Oconomowoc, Nancy Peyton (Todd) of Pewaukee, Michael Vanderpool (Mitsuko) of Corona, Calif., P.J. Brun (John) of Stillwater, Okla., Dr. Ken Darvin (Lisa) of Stroud, Okla., and Matt Darvin of Chicago; his parents-in-law, Rev. Richard and Nancy Von Gunten of Camdenton, Mo.; two brothers-in-law, Larry Von Gunten of Jefferson City, Mo., and David Von Gunten (Kerri) of Camdenton, Mo., and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 1, 2011, in St. Anthony Catholic Church with Rev. Mr. Richard Von Gunten officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Laughlin Cemetery under the direction of Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home. All are invited to attend a reception in the church hall following the burial.

Memorial donations may be made to Lake Regional Hospital Emergency Department and left at the funeral home or the church the day of the service.

Online condolences may be made at: www.alleeholmanhowe.com.

Allee-Holman-Howe Funeral Home of Camdenton is assisting the family with arrangements.