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James Richard “Rick” Vanderbilt

August 29, 2018

http://St. Marys—James Richard “Rick” Vanderbilt, 65, passed away Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Oakley Place of Rossville.

He was born March 6, 1953 at Trenton, NJ. the son of James E. and Marie Williams Vanderbilt.  Rick grew up in the Trenton area and graduated from Mercer County Community College.  He was an operations manager for a printing company before moving to St. Marys.

Rick owned and operated the Cottage Inn Restaurant in Belvue for 32 years.  He was a member of the Havensville Christian Church.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law Brian McMahon; and sister-in-law, June McMahon

On April 26, 1975 he was united in marriage to Teresa “Terry” McMahon at Hamilton Square, NJ.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his children, Krista Vanderbilt, St. Marys, Kyle Vanderbilt, Overland Park, Kyra (Dustin) Dreiling, Manhattan and Kevin (Shannon) Vanderbilt, Silver Lake; four grandchildren, Aria and Beau Dreiling and Moxon and Mattox Vanderbilt; his sister, Lynda (Herb) Cameron, Jupiter, FL; brother-in-law Jeff McMahon, Yardville, NJ; sisters-in-law, Kimbra McMahon (Forrest Hurlburt) Grain Valley, MO. and Kimberly McMahon, Louisburg; several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the St. Marys United Methodist Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Food Pantry, Belvue Fire Department or Pottawatomie County EMS and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  To leave online condolences go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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21 thoughts on “James Richard “Rick” Vanderbilt

  1. I have known and loved you since the day you were born. We grew up together, played together and went to school together. We went to Sunday school and Church together. We hated salmon and pea casserole and fed it to the dog together. We loved cake, cookies, pie and ice cream together. We stuck up for each other and fibbed for each other. We fought for each other and we fought with each other. We laughed together and cried together. We both accepted Jesus as our Personal Savior and love him for his sacrifice and Amazing Grace. Our separation will be but a blink of an eye and then we shall meet again Dear Brother.
    Psalm 61:1-2

  2. Terry and kids.. So sorry for your loss.. Rick was very liked by all who knew him…my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family….I will keep him in my daily prayers..RIP…..Deannie and Phil Kovar

  3. I never got to know your dad, but did enjoy teaching his kids when I was at St. Marys. My prayers are with you all. May God bless you in this time of sorrow.

  4. Terri and family,
    So very sorry for the loss of Rick, he was such a nice guy and always knew how to make people laugh , loved that about him ! Hugs and love to you all
    Nancy Schaaf

  5. Sorry to hear of Rick’s passing. Loved eating at the Cottage Inn. Rick was a great cook. Blessings to his family; may God be with you at this difficult time.

  6. Krista, I never met your father but I almost felt I knew him through our conversations when you were doing my hair. I knew the great love you had for him and I know how much he will be missed. Blessings to you and your family!!

  7. Ricky you will be missed by so many! I remember when I lived across the street from the Cottage Inn! You took such good care of Deb, I and our children! RIP
    Love ❤️ Laura Chrest

  8. Dear Terry and family. Please accept our most sincere condolences at this sad time. I was so glad to have had a couple more conversations with my dear cousin Ricky before he went on this next journey. He was in a good place and I know he is in great company with all those who have gone on before. Love you, Ricky – until we meet again.

  9. Terry and family, Our heart aches for all of you. Rick was a very dedicated man to his family and his business. We so enjoyed eating all his wonderful home cooked meals at the Cottage Inn and we were always welcomed with a smile and a how are you… I know you all will miss him more than we will ever know but do know that very very many will miss him which is tons of people for sure. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you during this most difficult time in your lives. God is listening. Rest now Rickki Tickki you have earned your wings for sure.

  10. So sorry for the loss of your father. It is never easy, but it is easier if we ekeep the memories of them in your heart.

  11. Sending Prayers to Rick’s Family. He was a Awesome Person. We enjoyed every meal at the Cottage Inn that We had. He always had time for a visit.

  12. To the Vanderbilt Family,
    So sorry for you to have your loved one pass. We ate at The Cottage Inn many times. My cousin from Wamego ate there every Saturday night. He will be missed. Our Sympathy and Prayers go to you and may God be with you. Joe & Pauline Conley

  13. Dear Terry and Family,
    We have been neighbors for years and always enjoyed how Rick put up Christmas lights and the snowman, Santa etc. and other yard art, even when all the kids were gone. He wasn’t very chatty but we did say “Hi, neighbor” and talk about the little things on occasion. The neighborhood will miss him.
    The Shiblers

  14. So sorry about Ricks passing. He always had a smile. He will be deeply missed. May you all feel Gods loving , healing touch. Sincerely, Charlotte Kling

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