Herbert Ben Vanderwall of Sloughhouse, Calif., died Oct. 12, 2019, at age 90.
Born Jan. 16, 1929, in the Southern California town of Hynes (now Paramount), he was the son of George and Tillie Vanderwall, who immigrated to the United States from the Friesland area of Holland in 1921. He attended Bellflower Christian School and served in the Marine Corps from 1948-1952 working as an airplane mechanic during the Korean Conflict. He later found work as a tool and die maker in Southern California.
In 1952 he met and married Virginia Ann Miller and they settled in Norwalk, Calif., where they were blessed with three children: Karen, Cynthia and Roger.
In 1966, he and Virginia purchased 14-acres of property on Lewiston Lake and spent the next 44 years developing Lakeview Terrace Resort into a vacation spot that included cabins, a recreational vehicle park, a swimming pool and boat rentals. Thousands of customers came to know the place for its simple but clean accommodations and hospitality. Herb spent hours managing and taking care of the roads and infrastructure of the resort and was best known for driving his golf cart up and down the roads while whistling or singing.
During his years in Lewiston, Herb served as president of the Lewiston Chamber of Commerce, the Trinity County Chamber of Commerce, and the California Trailer Park Association for the North State. Much of his time was spent supporting his children in their activities at Trinity High School in Weaverville. In addition, he and Virginia spent many hours at sports and boating shows throughout California promoting Lakeview Terrace and the amenities of Trinity County.
In 2010, Herb and Virginia sold the resort and moved to Sloughhouse in Sacramento County, where they were closer in proximity to their children. Herb continued to pursue his interest in NASCAR racing and visiting his favorite In-N-Out Burger.
Herb is survived by his wife of 67 years, Virginia; his daughter, Karen (John) Jernigan of King City, Calif.; daughter Cynthia (Steve) Bacon of Sloughhouse; son Roger (Julie) who recently moved from Bozeman, Mont., to Redding, Calif.; grandchildren Melissa Jernigan (Greg Gallagher) of Sacramento, Brandon (Kari) Jernigan of Savannah, Texas, Tyler Bacon of Santa Barbara, Calif., Ashley Bacon (fiance Eric Sackett) of Sacramento, Kyle Vanderwall of Portland, Ore., and Ryan Vanderwall of Sloughhouse.
He is survived by four great-granddaughters Autumn, Laurel, Quinn and Finley Jernigan of Savannah, Texas, and two great-grandsons John Warren and Benjamin Gallagher of Sacramento.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that anyone who is able and interested consider donating blood because during his lifetime Herb donated more than 12 gallons of blood.
A celebration of his life is planned for Saturday, Dec. 21, at the Murieta Village clubhouse in Rancho Murieta, Calif.