- November 20, 2012
- Clayton, Missouri
of Robert's Passing
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“We were sorry to hear of Bob's death. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jane and Jerry
1 of 6 | Posted by: Jane and Jerry Sabacky - Ballwin, MO
“Bob was the strongest and most dedicated gardener at Hanley House. I enjoyed working with him and learned many things from him both horticultural...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Pamela Fournier
“Dear Mary Ellen Sorry about your loss. I remember you saying that things
were not easy for him. But he will be missed but never forgotten. Our ...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Joan and Dick Neumarker - MO
“Mary Ellen, So terribly sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I know this is a week late and the only reason I found it was because I was getting ready...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Pat Heilala - Birmingham, AL
“Bob was truly a gentlemen and one of the nicest men I have ever met. He was always a positive person. My finest memory of him is sitting in his...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Dianne Heidelbaugh - St. Louis, MO
“Mr. Vander Linden will be greatly missed by the City of Clayton's Parks & Recreation Department. The care he has shown for the gardens at Hanley...Read More »
6 of 6 | Posted by: Patty DeForrest - Clayton , MO
Vander Linden, Robert L. "Bob"
November 20, 2012. Born on a farm near Tracy, Iowa, Bob was a graduate of Iowa State University and employed almost 30 years with Monsanto/Solutia. He spent his retirement years in gardens and traveling. He was an Advanced Master Gardener and volunteered at the Missouri Botanical Garden for nearly 20 years and at Hanley House in Clayton. He traveled across the world both for his job and as a tourist, visiting Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and parts of South America, Europe and the Far East. Bob hiked in many of the national parks and spent winters in Miami Beach playing tennis.
Bob leaves behind his wife Mary Ellen (nee Schaefer), his daughter Katrinka Riordan and two grandchildren, Quinn and Thomas, two sisters and two brothers and
numerous in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews in Iowa and a
brother-in-law and his wife (Bob and Brenda Schaefer) and their children and grandchildren, a
sister-in-law (Patricia Stock)and her children and grandchildren, and numerous friends.
Services: Bob's body was donated to St. Louis University Medical School. A celebration of his well-lived life will be held next Spring when "the many shades of green appear." Memorials may be sent to the Missouri Botanical Garden or city of Clayton for use at Hanley House