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WWII service picture, age 26, 1944

France, 1945


Jack, James, Jim, and Ron, spring 1963


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 James Peter Vandergriff, Jr.
 Born: 16 Sept 1919
 Died: 14 Nov 2004, Joplin, MO
 Interred: IOOF Cemetery,
 Neosho, MO

 
 Age 6, Grade 1

 He always told Ada that the
 book was Twinkle, Twinkle,
 Little Star.

 
 April 11, 1941


 
 Left to right: Jack, Jim, Ron; seated, James and Ada
 1988
 
James P. Vandergriff, Jr., 85, Neosho, died at 2:05 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, 2004, at Freeman Hospital, Joplin, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Vandergriff was born Sept. 16, 1919, in Knoxville, Tenn., and moved to the area as a child. He served in the United States Infantry during World War II, served in the European Theatre and received the Purple Heart. He worked as a brick mason and was a member of the Neosho United Methodist Church.

James married Ada Lyster on April 11, 1941, in Seneca and she survives. Additional survivors include two sons, James Robert Vandergriff, Joplin, and Ronald L. Vandergriff, Neosho; two brothers, Ernest Vandergriff and Eugene Vandergriff, both of Neosho; two sisters, Bernice Johansen, of the state of Washington, and Helen Hill, of the state of California; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jack Vandergriff, in January 2004; and three brothers.

     
Photo albums from Ada Vandergriff of Jack, Jim, and Ron Vandergriff, 1942-1964+





  James Peter Vandergriff, Jr.            
  Married: Ada Lee Lyster
Date: 11 Apr 1941
    Jack DeWayne Vandergriff  
 
James and Ada, October 2003
      Married: Sue Ann Elliott
Date: 23 Nov 1963
 
             
      James Robert Vandergriff  
        Married: Gisele Elizabeth Juanita
Harty
 
        Date: 11 Oct 1967
 
   
      Ronald Lee Vandergriff  
        Married: Cynthia Jean Steffan
Date: 12 Feb 1974
 
        Divorced: 9 July 1985