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Leonard Keith VanDette

April 18, 1932 ~ April 22, 2018 (age 86)

Leonard Keith VanDette, 86, of Hubbard Lake passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Leonard was born in Flint on April 18, 1932 to the late Leonard and Annette (Hynes) VanDette.  He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University and was employed by Goodrich Area Schools for 33 years.  He taught business education, acted as Business Manager, Interim Superintendent, and was a passionate Vocational Education director.  He also taught business courses at Mott Community College and drivers education in the summers.  His students will always remember him as their mentor and favorite teacher.  Leonard eventually retired to Atlanta and then settled in Hubbard Lake.  On July 19, 1985, he married Christina Marie Letts.  Leonard was a member Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.  He loved to travel, camp, was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and a card player, that was almost impossible to beat.  He loved to can the fruit of his labor and shared his knowledge with anyone who wanted to learn.  Leonard is at peace now with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, joining family and friends in Heaven!

Surviving are his wife of nearly 33 years, Christina; his children, Lisa (Roy) Timm, Cindy (Pat) Brown, Mark (Robin) VanDette; son-in-law, Patrick (Joanna) Brown; step-son, Tim Otis; grandchildren, Jennifer (Marc) Nead, Christopher Brown, Andrew VanDette, Taylor VanDette, Patrick Brown, Erin Brown, Emily Timm; 10 great grandchildren; siblings, Joyce VanDette, Robert (Barbara) VanDette, Delores Roberts; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. VanDette was preceded in death by daughter, Susan Brown; step-son, John Otis; mother of his children, Betty Jean (McFarland) VanDette.

Memorial visitation will take place Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church from 11 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dennis Neigh officiating.  Cremation arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.

Inurnment: Hubbard Lake Cemetery

Memorials: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Donations may be made to:

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
P.O. Box 175, Ossineke MI 49766
Tel: 1-989-471-5428