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Michael "Mike" W. Vandiver
July 1, 1965 ~ July 5, 2023 (age 58) 58 Years Old
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Michael Wesley Vandiver “Mike” passed peacefully July 5th at his home on Spectacle Pond in Croydon with family by his side after a courageous battle against Alzheimer’s disease. Mike was born July 1st , 1965 in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from Louisa-Muscatine High School in Grandview, Iowa where some of his greatest memories were breaking records in track and playing football. He then moved to New Hampshire in the late 1980’s. Mike attended college in Claremont for electrical engineering and after graduation started working for Hypertherm in Etna, New Hampshire where he worked for many years until his illness forced him into an early retirement. Mike was well known for coaching youth sports in Newport and was often referred to as “Coach V”. There is nothing Mike loved more than a backyard pool party and wiffle ball showdown at his home on Cheney Street while cooking up some “vittles” on the grill. He was known for his quick wit, sense of humor, and bluntness. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and an all-around handy man. Mike was always doing something and rarely sat still.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived and will be most missed by his children, Wesley and his wife Ashlee of Buckfield, Maine, Sarah and husband Jason of Croydon, New Hampshire, and stepson John and his wife Aggie of Newport, New Hampshire. He leaves behind several grandsons: Tanner, Griffin, Coleton, Declan, Preston, Emmitt, and Grant as well as brothers Robert (Kansas) and Thomas (Iowa).
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Lake Sunapee VNA and Hospice or your local youth sports program. A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.