Vander Ploeg, Simon "Sam" Kalamazoo, MI Sam passed away Monday, November 21, 2022 at his home in Kalamazoo. Sam was born February 3, 1941 in Shelbyville, the son of Johanas "Joe" and Bertha (Scholten) Vander Ploeg. Sam worked as a lithographer at Battle Creek Litho for many years until his retirement in 1996. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, bowling, square dancing, traveling and spending the winters in Florida. On May 1, 1999 in Traverse City he married Norma James who survives. Also surviving are his children, Kim (Craig) Reed and Tim (Jane) Vander Ploeg; grandchildren, Angela (Dan) Smith, Ashely Reed, Adam (Vanessa) Reed and Cody Vander Ploeg; 8 great-grandchildren and siblings, Shirley Knowlton, Alvin Vander Ploeg, Judy Oglesbee and Duane Vander Ploeg along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Jake Vander Ploeg, Cornie Vander Ploeg, Jerald Vander Ploeg, Alice Kraima, Josephine Vander Ploeg, Henry "Hank" Vander Ploeg and Bonnie Earl. Friends may visit with Sam's family starting at 12:00 P.M., Friday, November 25, 2022 at Grace Harbor Church in Kalamazoo, until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 P.M., with Pastor Bill Ferguson officiating. A time of fellowship will follow. Burial will take place at 3:30 P.M., at East Martin Cemetery. Contributions in memory of Sam may be made to Grace Harbor Church in Kalamazoo. Messages of condolence may be posted at WinkelFuneralHome.com.