Dirk Vande Kieft



Dirk Vande Kieft of Talent, Ore., went to meet his Lord and his blessed sister, Kathleen, on May 26, 2007. He was 50 years old.



Dirk was born in Dearborn, Mich. in 1956 and moved to California with his mother when he was young. He served in the Navy for four years in the 70s, then settled in Portland, Ore. Dirk was a stand-up comedian and karaoke singer by design, but he made his living as a charismatic salesman in the paint and coatings industry. He loved to camp and fish and moved to the Rogue Valley in January to spend more time fishing with his brother, Joe.



In addition to Joe, he is survived by his mother, Helen Russell of Sonoma, Calif. and his father, William Vande Kieft of Dearborn Heights, Mich.



We will all miss his smile and infectious laugh.