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Gerald Leroy VanDervort

Gerald Leroy VanDervort

Gerald VanDervort, 83, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at Essentia Health Virginia. Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Virginia. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Virginia. To sign the online guest book or to send condolences, please visit

Gerald Leroy VanDervort was born May 15, 1935 in Bemidji, MN. He attended Superior Central High School. After graduating high school, he was accepted into General Motors Institute in Flint, MI. Here he was, 19 years old, in the fall of 1953 and they were testing the 1955 automobiles - WOW, and they paid him for that! Lower MI did not appeal to him, too much big city, he got home sick and came home to work on the DM&IR.