Jack graduated from Houston High School in 1952. He joined the Air Force on February 25, 1953. While stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota, he met the love of his life, Ruby Young. They were married on October 7, 1955 in Deadwood, South Dakota.
In 1960, Jack, Ruby and their two sons moved back to the Fairview community in Texas County, Missouri, and ten years later, a daughter completed their family. Jack worked at Mid America Dairymen in Cabool, Missouri, for 34 years and started farming. After retirement, Jack continued to raise beef cattle, squirrel dogs, and a big garden. Being a true servant, he was happiest when helping others. He loved sharing his garden produce and visiting friends within the community and local nursing homes. Above all, he valued spending time with the Lord and his family. Jack was saved as a teenager then rededicated his life in 1960. He served the Lord and was a deacon and song leader at Fairview Pentecostal Holiness Church for many years.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Fern Vandiver; brother Bob Vandiver; sister-in-law Becky Vandiver; and sister-in-law Esther Vandiver.
He is survived by his wife Ruby of the home; sons Bob Vandiver and wife Lori of the Fairview community, Russ Vandiver and wife Lori of Nixa, Missouri, and daughter Carol Wilson and husband Shawn of Ankeny, Iowa; four granddaughters, Kristen Garoutte and husband Tyler, Emily Hicks and husband Cody, Erica Vandiver, and Bailey Vandiver. He is also survived by two brothers, Lonnie Vandiver and John Vandiver and wife Diana; sister-in-law Ann Vandiver; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Jack will be missed by all who knew him and loved him. Memorial contributions can be made to Fairview Pentecostal Holiness Church or Hospice Compassus of Mountain Grove, Missouri.
A close friend was quoted as saying, “Jack was the only guy I ever knew that woke up each day looking for someone to help.”
Services were held Saturday, April 29, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. in Fairview Pentecostal Holiness Church with Lonnie “Pepper” Vandiver and Rev. John Emery officiating. Burial was in Bado Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were Tyler Garoutte, Cody Hicks, Dan Vandiver, Justin Vandiver, Brad Vandiver, and Jim Vandiver. Honorary pallbearers were Doyle Hutsell, Max McKinney and the men of Fairview Church.