Phillip A. Vandevoorde
Date of Birth
August 18, 1947
Kearney, Nebraska
Entered into Rest
May 2, 2020
Omaha, Nebraska
Mass of Christian Burial Directions

Friday, May 8, 2020 ~ 10:00 a.m.
St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska
Military Honors by American Legion #82 & VFW #4502

Interment Directions

Friday, May 8, 2020 ~ 3:00 p.m.
Kearney Cemetery ~ Kearney, Nebraska
Military Honors by U.S. National Guard

Visitation & Rosary Directions

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Visitation ~ 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Rosary ~ 7:00 p.m.
Svoboda Funeral Home ~ Wahoo, Nebraska


St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church ~ Wahoo, Nebraska

*The Mass and Rosary will be live streamed on the Svoboda Funeral Home Facebook page.

Phillip A. Vandevoorde, Jr., 72, of Wahoo, NE, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the VA Medical Center in Omaha, NE.  He was born August 18, 1947 in Kearney, NE to Phillip Sr. and Rose (Castigilia) Vandevoorde.  Phil graduated from Kearney Catholic High School in 1966.  Following high school he entered the U.S. Navy and served during the Vietnam War.  After being honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy, Phil received a Bachelor Degree from UNK in criminal justice.  On Nov. 12, 1971, Phil was united in marriage to Reva Newman in Kearney, NE.  Phil worked 30 years as a probation officer for the State of Nebraska retiring in 2009.  After retirement Phil started a tree trimming business, Phil’s Trees, which he continued to run until he became sick.

Phil was a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, VFW #4502, Wahoo Coin Club and Crimestoppers.  He enjoyed helping with Christmas on the Prairie and volunteering many hours to different organizations.  Phil was very kind and was always willing to lend a hand.  He loved spending time with his family and his three cats.

He is survived by wife of 48 years, Reva Vandevoorde; children, Chris Vandevoorde of Lincoln, Cory (Crystal) Vandevoorde of Wahoo, Nathan Vandevoorde of Lincoln and Curtis Vandevoorde of Lincoln; grandchildren, Te’Yonna Byron, Chey Byron, Cameran Vandevoorde, Chloe Vandevoorde, Charli Byron and Carolyn Byron; sister, Patricia Hilty of Lincoln.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip Sr. and Rose Vandevoorde.

Condolences for Phillip A. Vandevoorde
  1. Lee and Dica Chipperfield
    • May 5, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    We extend our sympathy to Phil’s family. Phil will be missed!

  2. Donna Eliason
    • May 5, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    REVA and Family, You have my deepest sympathy and love. I am sorry I cannot be with you at this time. I will be with you in spirit.. I pray God will be with you to ease your grief.

  3. Joni Weed
    • May 5, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Reva – I am so very sorry to hear about Phil. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this most difficult time. Sending hugs and love to you. Joni Weed

  4. Bonnie Hatch
    • May 5, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    To Phil’s family – I’m so sorry for your loss! Phil was such a gem! I knew him many years ago from Wahoo One Stop. Phil was a quick witted, kind-hearted gentleman who challenged me to think differently and see situations from alternate points of view. He impacted many lives in a positive way. May you take comfort in the many wonderful memories you’ve made over the years! God bless you!

  5. Cathy Hoban
    • May 5, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Reva, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that God is carrying you and your family through this difficult time and will guide you as you all heal from your loss.

  6. Janet Roberts
    • May 5, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Reba…So sorry to hear about your husband. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your families!

  7. Chris Curtis
    • May 5, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Reva, I am so very sorry for your loss. Sending you a big hug.

  8. Mark & Diana Watton
    • May 6, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Our condolences to Phil’s family. May you find comfort in your many happy memories together – he was a kind, helpful, & caring man.

  9. Julie Oglesby
    • May 6, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    So sorry, Reva. I’m thinking of you and your family! Hugs!

  10. Linda Scholl
    • May 6, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Reva and Family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you! I am so sorry for your loss.

  11. • May 6, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    So sorry to see that Phil is not with us anymore. I did visit you folks in Wahoo one holiday and enjoyed a good time with you. Reva, I don’t think that you and Phil were married to long at the time I visited you and the family in Wahoo. My name is Joe Circo and I’m Marilyn Macks younger brother. Again I express my condolences to you and the family. I 1st met Phil at my grandmother’s house. Her name was Rose Nigro and she lived at 5016 Wirt st. here in Omaha. I live in south Omaha now.

  12. Robin
    • May 6, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    So very sorry, Reva and family. Thinking of you all and sending prayers.

  13. • May 6, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Cory – I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family in this difficult time. May your memories help to heal your hearts.

  14. Norie mueller
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Phil was a great-person loving and kind and so willing to help people I’ve known him a long time my son billy and i express our deepest sympathies for your loss you will be in our prayers and.thoughts for a long time to come
    Maybe god be with you and grant you peace to all your
    family and to each and everyone

  15. Therese Voboril
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Phil. I knew him well as our paths crossed as probation officers. Phil was a friend to all. He will be missed. Imagine whom he has met – George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Mother Theresa, Neil Armstrong. When we look at the stars in the sky it is reflecting the number of people he will introduce us to some day. He has been reunited with many probation staff and they have much to discuss. When the sun is bright he is sending a message that Heaven is a grand place and he is doing just fine. He will be able to attend Husker games with Bob Devaney. Yes, he is in a good place. Think of him often, share stores and you will keep his memory alive. I am thinking of him just writing this note. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

  16. Rich and Margaret Chisholm family
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Reva and family our sincere condolences to your entire family. We have been praying for you through this tragic and unexpected time.
    Always remember the thumbs up he gave you all while not able to speak. He is in Gods care and he knew that. We’ll miss him but can always remember all the fond memories and fun times together.

  17. Fred Opp and family
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Our love and sympathies are with your family. Phil was an amazing human being that has left an indelible mark on my heart. I will cherish the memories of him and your family always.

  18. Jan Werner
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Reva I’m so sorry for your loss. Phil was a really cool guy. I’m thinking of you and the family..

  19. • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    I want to extend my sympathies to Philip’s family members. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  20. Pamela M Lausterer
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Reva and family: Deepest sympathies on the loss of Phil. It was an honor and a privilege to work with him and know him all these years! May you find comfort in your faith in the Lord. Love, Pam and Kal Lausterer

  21. Mitch Polacek & Family
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Tate, Curtis, Reva, and family, our condolences go out to you. I will always remember Phil from cross country and track, and our chats after Sunday mass.

  22. Wayne Lucas
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Dear Reva and family. Please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences on the loss of Phil. As a member of the Nebraska State Patrol, I had the opportunity to work with Phil for a number of years. I always found him to be honest and caring for the people he represented and worked with. He was an honest and decent person who will be missed by all. Most sincerely.

  23. Dennis and Willa Taylor
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    You have our deepest sympathy.

  24. Don and Edith Furasek
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Prayers and thoughts to Reva and the family. Phil thank you for your years of service to the country and this community. God’s blessings

  25. David Sabatka
    • May 7, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Phil will always be remembered in my life. Rest In Peace
    My Friend. God hold you close.

  26. • May 8, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    Deepest condolences to Phil’s family. Phil touched many lives in very positive and long lasting ways, including my life. He will be missed by many.

  27. Ruth Gutschenritter McDonald. KCHS class of 1967
    • May 9, 2020 - 4 weeks ago

    My sincere sympathies for your fa ily on the death of Phil, I know you’ll miss him terribly.

  28. Dennis Brabec
    • May 10, 2020 - 3 weeks ago

    Sorry for your loss new Phil several years used to help him Usher sometimes at mass he will be missed

  29. • May 15, 2020 - 3 weeks ago

    Dear Reva,
    We were so sorry to hear of Phil’s passing. I don’t ever remember seeing Phil without a smile on his face.
    Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.
    Mike and a Linda Collins

  30. Kirk Noller
    • May 16, 2020 - 3 weeks ago

    Reva, I’m very sorry to see that my old friend has passed. You have my sincere condolences. Phil was a fine fellow whose friendship was valued by many of us.

    Kirk Noller

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