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Former Lawrence, Mass., resident Robert E. Vandenhecke, known to family and friends as Bob, died April 27, 2017, in his home in Port St. Lucie, Fla. He was 79 years old. Mr. Vandenhecke was born March 14, 1938, in Lawrence, Mass., to Robert and Louise Vandenhecke. He was the youngest of five children. He was the widower of Yvonne (Greulich) Vandenhecke. Robert served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years. He met and married his beautiful wife, Yvonne, in Berlin, Germany in 1958 while stationed at Tempelhof airfield. While in the Air Force Robert was an Air Traffic Controller. Some of his overseas duty stations included the countries of Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Spain, and the Philippines. After completing his military service, Robert was employed by the Crown Cork & Seal Company in Lawrence, Mass., for 21 years. He was a member of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers Union. Robert was a member of the Elks Lodge and also a member of the American Legion. He donated to veterans causes and to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and also to the Special Olympics. Robert was an ardent Red Sox and Patriots fan, and he almost never missed a game broadcast. In the last years before his death, his happiest days were achieved by taking his grandson, Chris bass fishing. Robert is survived by his children, David, Steven and Dean in Florida, Paul in Massachusetts; his daughter, Donna and her husband, Charles Anders in New Hampshire. He is also survived by his sister, Roberta Despres and many nieces and nephews and grandchildren, all in New Hampshire.
At his request, there will be no memorial services until the autumn of 2017.
Published on  May 17, 2017
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