David Vandelanotte

David Gerard Vandelanotte

Thursday, February 8th, 1962 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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A public celebration for the life of David Vandelanotte, 58, of Cottonwood, will be held at a later date when covid restrictions are lifted. Private family services will be held at this time. Electronic remembrances are encouraged and may be submitted to

David Gerard Vandelanotte was born on February 8, 1962 in Marshall to Jasper and Agnes (Meulebroeck) Vandelanotte. He grew up in rural Cottonwood and graduated from Cottonwood High School. On May 7, 1983, he was united in marriage to Allison DeSmith at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. To this union, three sons were born: Jonathon, Jeremy, and Jance. The couple farmed and raised their family on the home farm in rural Cottonwood. David was passionate about farming, and enjoyed working side by side with his dad, Jasper, and brothers, Mark and Allan for many years. He was especially proud to farm with his sons Jeremy and Jance. David was also exceptionally proud of his son, Jon’s military service.

Family was most important to David. He and Allison loved spending time with their children and grandchildren. David was very social, and always made his family and friends feel special by taking time to visit, sharing a laugh, and giving them a hard time. David loved working the land, caring for his cattle, taking scenic photos, and watching various nature television programs. He also enjoyed playing cards, golfing and motorcycling.

David died on Saturday, April 25, 2020 under hospice care, surrounded by his loving family at his residence in rural Cottonwood. Despite his difficult battle with cancer, David always maintained a very positive attitude.
David is survived and will be deeply missed by his loving wife Allison of Cottonwood, sons: Jonathon (and McKenzie) of Montevideo, grandchildren Elijah, Reese and Jakob; Jeremy (and Alissa) of Cottonwood, grandchildren Gavin and Gary; Jance (and Lexie) of Cottonwood, grandchildren Kylie and Lincoln; siblings: Mark (and Jane) Vandelanotte of Cottonwood, Mary Jo (and Mike) Katke of Blaine, Allan (and Gloria) Vandelanotte of Cottonwood, Janice (and Peter) Stamps of Fort Worth, TX, Julie Vandelanotte (and David Browning) of St. Paul and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents Jasper and Agnes Vandelanotte and father-in-law David DeSmith.
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    St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery
Public Celebration of Life will be held at a later time. Private family services will be held this week.


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Posted at 10:52am
I love you Grandpa. Don't cause too much trouble up there.

Love you and I will continue to make you proud!
-Eli J. Vandelanotte

Reese Vandelanotte

Posted at 12:12pm
I am going to miss farming with my grandpa but he will always be beside me

Kenneth Meyer

Posted at 10:01pm
Our thoughts go your way these days as we think of your loss. Ken always enjoyed working with Dave and Mark, help harvesting several years ago. He has fond memories of them all working together. We want to express our sincere sympathy to each of you. Ken and Elaine Meyer

Julie Vandelanotte

Posted at 08:10am
Prayer of Bereavement
God of love and mercy,
embrace all those whose hearts today
overflow with grief,
unanswered questions
and such a sense of loss.
Grant them space
to express their tears.
Hold them close
through the coming days.

Connie Yahnka Kurtz

Posted at 12:27pm
I am so very sorry for your family’s loss. Prayers of comfort for you all.

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