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“The Vandemore Way” means to offer excellent, compassionate, sincere, quality care to everyone you meet. 

That got us thinking...
With all the negativity that goes on in the world, wouldn’t it be nice to recognize those members of society that honor Joel’s legacy by showing compassion, sincerity, and are just being kind? 

So, whether it is a someone helping an elderly neighbor with their lawn, a current student welcoming a new student in school, or a person picking up trash alongside the road - whatever the case may be, now is the time to shine a spotlight on their generous spirit!   Vandemore Funeral Homes & Crematory would love for you to nominate someone in your community that represents “The Vandemore Way” so that we may feature them on the website and our Facebook page.  

Everly and Emmett

Everly and Emmett

Lynn Center, IL

Everly and Emmett, of Lynn Center, IL,  have taken on The Vandemore Way full steam ahead!  Last month they picked up trash in their community.


Now for August, they decided to donate all their harvest from their very first garden to go to the wonderful residents at Hope Creek Nursing Home in East Moline.  This is caring, kindness, and compassion at it's finest!  Leave it to the little one's to show the rest of us the guiding light to uniting communities!


Thank you for showing us The Vandemore Way extends to all generations!


Alan Kiser

Alan Kiser

Geneseo, IL

I would like to nominate Alan Kiser for the Vandemore way. As director of the Maple City Band, he spends hours every summer planning and directing. This year, due to COVID restrictions, the band has not been able to practice or perform. Alan could have sat back and enjoyed his time off. But instead, he took it upon himself to put together two virtual concerts online,  including a link to donate toward organizations that would usually benefit from ice cream social income. He included not only audio and video recordings of the band, but also photos of community members, military personnel, and essential workers. Because of the hours he spent on this, two community organizations received thousands of dollars in donations and those of us stuck at home got a taste of a “normal “ Tuesday night at the park. Alan Kiser definitely demonstrates the characteristics of the Vandemore Way!


Way to go!  Thank you for your community service.  That is the VANDEMORE WAY!


Nominated by:  Julia Buzard


Linda Morrison

Linda Morrison

Geneseo, IL

I would like to nominate Linda Morrison of Geneseo to be recognized as being part of The Vandemore Way movement!  She’s a beloved retired Geneseo Elementary school teacher and coach.  She keeps busy day and night making the most wonderful masks for anyone who needs/wants them.  She has made almost 2000 masks out of the most wonderful quilting fabrics.  She gives them away for free and never turns anyone away.  She came up with her own pattern and they are absolutely the best masks, sewn with love and compassion for ALL!  She’s the BEST!


Way to go LInda, you respresent THE VANDEMORE WAY to a T!

Nominated By Kristin Mathews


Emmett and Everly

Emmett and Everly

Lynn Center, IL

Emmett wanted to do something to help his community.  So with his mom's permission, Emmett and his sister, Everly,  took action!

They each grabbed a trash bag and walked both sides of their long country road picking up trash.

Way to go Emmett and Everly! 

Way to do things THE VANDEMORE WAY!


Here's How To Submit Your Nominee For "The Vandemore Way"

Send an email to info@vandemorefuneralhome.com 

  • Subject Line: The Vandemore Way
  • Attach Image of nominee
  • Attach Name of nominee
  • Attach brief description of the action and/or spirit you would like to recognize
  • Additional images welcomed, we will add them to our photo gallery of "Vandemore Warriors"


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