John Gerard Van Deven

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September 15, 1949 - October 11, 2019
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Van Deven, John Gerard, of Saint Peters, MO, passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 at the age of 70. Loving husband of Elizabeth Van Deven; beloved son of the late Carl and Catherine Van Deven; devoted father of Katherine (Jason) Wilson and Nicholas (Katie) Van Deven; cherished grandfather of Owen Van Deven and Callahan Van Deven; beloved brother of Marine Armistead, Mary (Shailesh) Dwivedy, Margaret (Ralph) Barker, and Bill (Ann) Van Deven; brother-in-law of Linda Van Deven; dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend. John is preceded in death by his brother, Carl Van Deven; and brother-in-law, Wayne Armistead.

John was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorial gifts can be made to St. Louis University High "In memory of John Van Deven" and will support the class of 1967 scholarship fund.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Linda Eccleston October 13, 2019 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    candle 5Dearest Katie and family,
    May you feel the loving arms of Jesus around you as you grieve. From everything you have told me about your father, I picture and joyful embrace of your dad and Our Savior. You are surrounded and supported by many who love you dearly.
    Blessings and Peace of the Lord to all of you.
    Your friend and colleague,

  2. James Pilkington October 14, 2019 at 5:36 am - Reply

    candle 6I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for the family during this time.

  3. Harlan Pierson October 14, 2019 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Dear Van Deven family,

    John is missed as a colleague and as a good friend. He cared deeply for his family. We will keep you all in our prayers.

  4. Cheryl Fievet October 14, 2019 at 8:28 am - Reply

    candle 7May you rest in peace John. Heaven will be a little brighter because of your presence.

  5. Dennis and Helen Pilkington October 14, 2019 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Our condolences to the family and prayers of comfort for all.

  6. Susan Kay Shortt October 14, 2019 at 9:36 am - Reply

    Katie and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you – we know how hard this is. God bless you.

    Susan Shortt and family

  7. Doug Spalding October 14, 2019 at 9:39 am - Reply

    candle 8So sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a good man. I worked with him for many years at McDonnell Douglas / Boeing. I will keep the family in my prayers.

  8. Martha McFerren October 14, 2019 at 9:44 am - Reply

    candle 1John was a wonderful person. I enjoyed the time that we worked together. He was kind and generous of his time. Whenever anyone at work asked for his help or advice, he was willing to help and share his knowledge, which was vast. He will be truly missed.

  9. Lisa Studnicki October 14, 2019 at 9:48 am - Reply


    You and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. My deepest sympathy to you!

  10. Lisa & Tom Suntrup October 15, 2019 at 7:05 am - Reply

    I am sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Lisa & Tom Suntrup

  11. Susan Shriver October 15, 2019 at 10:12 am - Reply

    candle 7Katie, I’ll always remember your Dad’s wonderful speech at your wedding. It was clear what a caring, loving, and proud father her was (and a great sense of humor, too!). It was a blessing that he had all those extra years with his family and hope you all find peace in knowing what a wonderful man he was.

  12. ERIK & GRACIELA BUSCHARDT October 18, 2019 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    You are in our prayers. Please remember that you are not along,because you are surrounded by many people who love you very much, and care for you and your family. In this difficult time our thoughts and sympathy are for you and yours.

    Erik and Graciela Buschardt and family.

  13. Melanie, Bryan, and Nate Luebbert October 18, 2019 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    candle 8To Mary, Shailesh, and John’s entire family: we are so sorry for your loss. We will be making a donation to St. Louis University High School in John’s name.

    Our thoughts are with all of you.

  14. Kevin Greenaway October 19, 2019 at 11:21 am - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. I had the pleasure of working with John at Boeing for many years and always had the upmost admiration for him. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  15. Jerry Seliga October 21, 2019 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Sorry for your loss and my prayers are with the Van Deven family. I was fortunate to have worked and traveled with John on multiple occasions. I always enjoyed John’s wit and insight. John will be missed by all who knew him.

  16. Pamela Becker October 30, 2019 at 9:48 am - Reply

    candle 7Betty, I’m so sorry we missed visiting at John’s funeral. I was so sorry to hear the news of his passing. He was a fine gentleman and I know a great husband and father. Gary & I are praying for your entire family as you weather his loss.
    Take care of yourselves & hold his memories close to your hearts.
    Love, Gary & Pam

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