Rodger F. Vandenbroek

September 17, 1959 - September 30, 2016
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Rodger Franklin van den Broek passed away on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the age of 57 while in hospice care at Swedish American of Belvidere surrounded by his loving family. He was born September 17, 1959 in Hilversum, Netherlands the son of Abraham and Juliana (Wens) van den Broek.  Rodger was a 1982 graduate of Loyola Marymount University, in California where he played division I baseball as a pitcher.  In the fall of 1982, he left sunny California to begin a career in the field of Information Technology, in the Midwest.  After only a few weeks on the job he met the love of his life and on June 17, 1984, he married Karen Vesely in Rockford, IL.

Rodger was a wonderful husband and provider whose career spanned 34+ years working for Cybertek, Motorola, Nokia, and Wipro.  He amassed many workplace friends throughout the years. He was also an amazing and very dedicated father to his three children.  As an outstanding athlete himself, it was so fitting that his children would find a passion for athletics.  He took great pride in their accomplishments and never missed one of their events often juggling multiple events in one day.

The Midwest transformed this boy from Cali into a lover of the outdoors.  It was no secret to those who knew him that he loved hunting and fishing.  Many family outings were spent fishing, often in Wisconsin.  He also spent countless hours hunting with his son, Troy who would also develop a love of the outdoors. His passion was so great that he would go on to create ICAW Outdoors, a website which serves as a forum for avid outdoorsman.  ICAW boasts of over two hundred members and with the help of his children and its members, continue his legacy.

For the past three years, Rodger fought a very courageous battle against lung cancer.  Having been an athlete for most of his life and a non-smoker the cause will forever remain a mystery.  During his fight, he was very private about his illness and chose only to share the positives on Facebook and such.  Thanks to the amazing team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion, IL, Rodger received cutting edge treatment.

He felt truly blessed to share in so many meaningful moments. He was so proud of his daughter Shannon, who is an ICU nurse and in August 2015, he was overjoyed to walk her down the aisle giving her hand in marriage to Daniel. He gained a son-in-law, but looked upon Daniel more like a son. The Father/Daughter dance was amazing with not a dry eye in the house. Rodger was also able to enjoy watching his son play college baseball and witnessed him hit a three run homer to put his team in the national tournament. He was instrumental in Troy meeting his girlfriend Madison and watching her become a lover of the outdoors. He was so very proud of his daughter Kristi’s many career accomplishments both in broadcast and currently as the Director of Communications at Immanuel Lutheran. But most importantly, he valued that she is such an amazing mother to her son Weston.  Weston was such a source of joy to his “Gunk Gunk” and often sat with him asking how he felt and if he could rub his back. During his ongoing fight, he and his family also enjoyed meaningful getaways to Wolf Lake with his friend of 34 years and “Best Man” Morry.

Rodger’s whole family gathered in Galena, IL this past summer to share an amazing five days together at Eagle Ridge.  We fished, golfed, laughed, and even went zip lining.  Most importantly, we made memories.  In addition, to his immediate family, his parents, sisters and their families were able to join in the reunion.  He was so very grateful to have that time together in addition to their constant love and support whether it was making him laugh, rubbing his back, or offering prayers, his mother being his greatest prayer warrior.

Rodger was a faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere where he found comfort in his friends and fellow church members. He sought his spiritual guidance along this journey from his friend and Pastor, Allan Buss.  Having lived in Belvidere for close to 30 years, he felt the love and support that comes from living in a small town.

He is loved and will be forever missed by his wife, Karen; children: Shannon (Daniel) Owens, Troy (Madison O’Hern) van den Broek; Kristine van den Broek, grandson, Weston van den Broek; parents, Abraham and Juliana van den Broek; sisters, Debbie (Chris) Olivier and Lisa (Matt) Jackson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother-in-law, Nevii Vesely, and paternal grandparents.

Funeral Service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL 61008 with Rev. Allan Buss officiating. A visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2016 at the church. Burial in Shattuck Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the family. To light a candle or share a condolence, please visit


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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016

Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church


1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL, 61008

A visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2016 at the church.

Service Information

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Time: 12:30 pm -

Immanuel Lutheran Church


1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL, 61008

Funeral Service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Road, Belvidere, IL 61008 with Rev. Allan Buss officiating.

Cemetery Information

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Shattuck's Grove Cemetery


9600 Reeds Crossing , Belvidere, IL, 61008

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Burial will be in Shattuck’s Grove Cemetery

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Born: September 17, 1959
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Rico Mattos posted on 10/7/16

My condolences and prayers go out to the Vandenbroek family during this difficult time. Roger's legacy of being a wonderful husband, father, and family man will always live on. During his short time on this earth he was a blessing to those he came in contact with. His caring soul, compassion for family and friends, and unselfishness will always be remembered. May Roger rejoice with the Good Lord in heaven and may his spirit live on through our memories that we share of him. God bless the Vandenbroek family, and may the lord provide healing and peace over time. We love you all!


Malva Craft posted on 10/6/16

Karen, Words do not seem to enough at a time like this but please know my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.


Tom, Tina and Abby Miller/Ken & Wallie Nettleton posted on 10/6/16

Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you and your family, Karen.


Dan & Cathy Flynn posted on 10/6/16

Thinking of you Karen, Kristi, Shannon & Troy during this difficult time. Keeping you in our prayers and thoughts.


Ginger Quist posted on 10/5/16

Thoughts & prayers for the Family. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your great love.


Meg rush and Mike buchman posted on 10/5/16

Light a memory that never will be forgotten ❤


melissa Helgerson posted on 10/5/16

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for all of you during such a difficult time. God bless.


Jackie Njos posted on 10/5/16

My condolences to your family.


Oom Hans, Tante Jenny and family in Australia posted on 10/5/16

Dear Karen, Kristine, Shannon , and Troy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time


Steve Meyers posted on 10/6/16

RIP Roger, I will always remember the times at Lowden Miller at Deer camp. Till we meet again my friend.


Heather, Haley, Patrick, Joe, Austin, Zac posted on 10/6/16

May all of the wonderful memories of Roger help you through the days to come. I know that I have many great memories of your entire family. Much love from our family to yours. Roger was a wonderful man.


Bill Morrissey posted on 10/7/16

We enjoyed Rodger's competitiveness which we saw in his son, Troy. We know Rodger was a great dad since Troy always showed great sportsmanship. We enjoyed reading about Troy and watching Troy when he played basketball with the Ken Rock Tar Heels. God bless Rodger and your family.


Patrick Ling posted on 10/7/16

Karen and family - though we've never met, it seems I've known you for a long time through Rodgers FaceBook posts and his occasional texting and messaging with me over the years. I grew up with Rodger and he has left a everlasting impression upon me. He will always be in my heart and soul. My prayers, thoughts and love are with you. And Rodger rest peacefully with our Lord we will meet again one day.


Tom and Sue Woolbright posted on 10/7/16

Rodger's legacy will live on as he touched so many lives. He was such a caring man and an inspiration. Thinking of you and keeping your family in our prayers.


Nick Janakas posted on 10/7/16

We all worked together for many Years at Motorola.. We had spent time in Florida at my Dad's house fishing.. And every Greek Easter I would get Venison to cook on the spit.. Rodger you will me missed!!! May God rest your soul. May your memory be Eternal..


Jess (Brzozowski) Bland posted on 10/7/16

Karen & family - I am so deeply sorry for such a huge loss. Rodger was quickly a great friend of mine at Arlington Heights Motorola, always trying to make me laugh, cheer me up, give me a different point of view on things. He was always up beat and just a great person. I'm sure that will leave a huge hole for all of you. Please know you are all in my prayers, that God comforts you during this time of mourning.


Tom Lewis posted on 10/7/16

Rodger was a highly respected co-worker and friend for many years as we shared the up's and downs at Motorola in Arlington Heights. He always talked about his family and it seems like I was there watching/listening as his kids grew up. I've known Rodger for +21 years, even through those last few tough years, he always had a great attitude. Godspeed my friend.


Kevin Ruff posted on 10/7/16

Rodger and I met when our sons played baseball together. I always enjoyed our conversations and he never had a bad word to say about anyone. What impressed me the most is that he was always upbeat and positive!! Rest in peace Rodger. Prayers, Kevin Ruff


Cheri Wright posted on 10/6/16

May you find comfort in years of happy memories. Rodger and Troy were hunters at Lowden-Miller Forest where I worked. Him and Troy brought me some of my most blessed memories from working there as their 'dnr princess'. Thanks for the Memories!!


Debbie & Fran Re & family posted on 10/5/16

May family, friends, and many wonderful memories give you comfort and strength now and in the days ahead. Hold on to each other & feel Roger beside you. Our deepest sympathy.


The Cheesbrough family posted on 10/5/16

So sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.


Roy, Ida, Tamara & Mariska posted on 10/4/16

Dear Karen, Kristine, Shannon & Troy, Our deepest condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love, the Francke Family, the Netherlands


Christina lepart posted on 10/3/16

Sending love and prayers at this difficult time, our deepest sympathy Mike, Christy & Mariah LePart


Merry Shane posted on 10/3/16

So sorry to hear of your loss. Please know that you are all in God's loving arms as you go through this. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


Lisa Miller Crane posted on 10/3/16

I worked with Rodger years ago at Cybertek. He was always able to make me laugh, but he also had a loving and generous heart. One of the most genuine people I've ever been blessed to know. He'll be missed by so many, but I know that smile will never be forgotten.


Julie Peysar-Cowing posted on 10/3/16

Love and're heart will.lice on in all of us. ♡♡♡ julie in AZ


Sharon Thomas posted on 10/3/16

My deepest sympathy to you Karen, and the entire family. You are in my prayers.


Roxana Guerrero posted on 10/2/16

Karen, you and your dear family are in my prayers as you walk through this difficult journey. The love that you and Roger shared is an inspiration to all of us who are privileged to know you. Roger will always be with you. God bless you with His Peace that passes all understanding.❤️


The Leese Family posted on 10/2/16

Our condolences at this very sad time. May the passing of time bring you joy and peace once more. Your time together will provide loving memories to help you through this difficult time.


Steve Veeneman posted on 10/2/16

I only worked with Rodger from 2000 on. Not only was he a total professional but he was fun to interact with. Conversations with him readily became wise or hilarious. A great guy all around.


Jolene Freeman posted on 10/3/16

So sorry for ur loss. Ur in my prayers


Jolene Freeman posted on 10/3/16

So sorry for ur loss your in our prayers


Roy, Ida, Tamara & Mariska posted on 10/4/16

Dear Karen, Kristine, Shannon and Troy, Our deepest condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love, the Francke Family, the Netherlands


Patty and Kirk Schwebke posted on 10/4/16

Karen and family we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.


Laurel Frazier posted on 10/3/16

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. We spent many hours watching the boys play sports!! :-(


Melissa Hoey and Donovin Sims posted on 10/3/16

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rodger's family and all those who loved him dearly.


Anita gonzalez posted on 10/3/16

Karen and family I'm so sorry for your loss he was a great person and Karen too I'm so sad that he died too young I know with cancer but I will always remember him and Karen my mom used to babysit for Christine when she was little girl so I've known them for a long time he will be miss and Karen I'm sending hugs and kisses to you and family I will see you at the school when you come back take your time off love Anita Gonzalez and remember Sharon shondel I will try to bring to visitation and funeral lots of love to you and family god bless you all


Cheryl Peoples Cotney posted on 10/3/16

Dear Karen and family, My heart is so heavy with the news of Rodger's passing. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you. I knew Rodger through Debbie, when we all lived in California. He was a wonderful and compassionate person and I know he loved you and his family with all his heart. He will be missed.... Love, The Cotney Family, Boston


Angie, Aaron and Declan Murphy posted on 10/3/16

In memorium of Roger VandenBroek with much love from Angie, Aaron and Declan Murphy.


Crystal Soltow posted on 10/3/16

Our deepest condolences he will always hold a special place in Our Hearts!


Arlyne Chin posted on 10/2/16

Karen - you are the love of Rodger'a life and with your family he was complete. He didn't need anything else in his life and because of that, life was perfect for him. He is an extraordinary man with the gift of caring. He never cared who you were or how you looked, he was always willing to befriend you. My heart breaks in a million pieces for all of you and there are no appropriate words of comfort. Rodger is at peace and left us knowing his life was perfect. My utmost respect and sympathy during this difficult time.