TOPEKA- John Matthew “Shopteese” Vanderblomen, Jr., 53, of Topeka, KS, formerly of Mayetta, KS, passed away Friday, January 18, 2019, as the result of an accident. He was born September 20, 1965, in Topeka, KS, the son of John Matthew Vanderblomen, Sr. and Ada Merle (Wahquahboshkuk) Vanderblomen.
John graduated from Royal Valley High School. He worked with asbestos removal and various jobs in the Topeka area.
He was a member of Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
John was preceded in death by his parents, John and Ada Vanderblomen and a brother, Jacob S. Vanderblomen on December 11, 2018.
Survivors include his sister, Theresa Bravo and a brother, Christopher Vanderblomen both of Topeka, KS.
Dinner and wake will be Friday evening, January 25, 2019, at Gunzy’s homeplace on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation. Burial will be Saturday morning, January 26, 2019, at Danceground Cemetery. Mercer Funeral Home in Holton is in charge of arrangements. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.
- Courtesy of Mercer Funeral Homes