Curtis Clark VandervertFebruary 10, 1936 ~ January 27, 2018 (age 81)
VANDERVERT, Curtis Clark (Jim) – Born February 10, 1936 to Curtis and Edythe Vandervert in Spokane, WA, returned to his heavenly Father on January 27, 2018. Jim was a lifelong resident of Spokane, graduating from North Central High School in 1954 and entering the United States Army soon after. Jim proudly served his country from Ft. Huachuca, AZ to Ft. Monmouth, NJ, being honorably discharged in 1959. Following his military obligations, Jim returned to Spokane and worked for Safeway Grocers until he settled into a career in the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) field. Jim shared his mechanical knowledge by teaching at Spokane Community College. A college professor once said that Jim had one of the sharpest minds he’d ever known. Jim worked many years at Kohler Tower United and Banner Fuel, alongside his father Curtis. Jim and his father even set out on their own for a short time as Van Guard Heating and Cooling. Jim met and married the love of his life, Maggi Duhamel and together they made their home in Spokane after a short time in Lancaster, CA where they welcomed their daughter Lisa. Jim and Maggi were also blessed with their daughter Lori and son James. They were married over 50 years and shared many adventures together including buying and selling ‘fixer-uppers’ around Spokane and caring for others in their adult family homes. Jim lost Maggi in 2012 and often spoke about the day he would see her again in his Savior’s Kingdom. Jim was well known for his gift of gab and his hardy handshake. He never met a stranger and loved to visit with people to discover if their lives possibly intersected with his somehow by gleaning all he could about them. He was a true gentleman and friend in every sense. Jim was a very active parish member at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church where he served on several committees and was honored as a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. Jim is survived by his brother Larry (Betty) Vandervert, his children Lisa Keetch, Lori (Dan) Kamerer and James (Julie) Vandervert. Jim has several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Edythe Vandervert, his wife Margaret (Maggi) Vandervert, newborns Steven and Evelyn Vandervert, his sister Linda Bissinger (Don) and his beloved son-in-law David Keetch. Services for Jim Vandervert will be held at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church with a rosary ceremony on Friday, February 16th at 7:00PM followed by a celebration of his life on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 at 12:30PM. Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery will be announced at the service. Hennessey Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements and the family requests donations to the Knights of Columbus in lieu of flowers.