Rich was born July 24, 1943, in Le Mars, the son of Clarence J. and Irene Ida (Junck) Vanderloo. He graduated from Le Mars High School and attended the University of Iowa on a baseball scholarship. He transferred to Morningside College where he graduated in 1965.
He married Patricia K. Gengler April 30, 1961, in Sioux City.
Rich began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the University of North Dakota's basketball team. He moved on to coach basketball for
two seasons at Baldwin-Woodville High School in Wisconsin.
He returned to the Sioux City area and spent two years as the head basketball coach at Cherokee.
In the fall of 1974 he made his final transition to Sioux City East High School. There he spent 31 years, with 20 of those spent as the school's athletic director. He totaled 13 years as the school's head basketball coach in two different stints.
Rich was one of the main people responsible for reviving the Sioux City Relays and he played an important part in creating the youth basketball league, Hayworth Hoops.
Since his retirement in 2005, he was instrumental in the formation of a middle school athletics program in Sioux City
On the side, he started his own private business, which provided materials and instructions that have helped stripe the three-point shooting arcs on almost 14,000 gyms around the world.
Rich was past president of the Iowa High School Basketball and Coaches Association. He was admitted to the Iowa Athletic Directors Hall of Fame, Morningside College Hall of Fame and the Sioux City Relays Hall of Fame.
He was a member of Morningside Lutheran Church in Sioux City.
In addition to his passion for sports and his love for East High School, Rich enjoyed watching all of his children and grandchildren's activities. He also loved playing softball and spending time with his softball family.
Survivors include his wife, Pat of 48 years; four sons and their wives, Jeff and Kori Vanderloo of Omaha, Neb., Ras and Kathy Vanderloo, John and Jen Vanderloo, and Jim and Jody Vanderloo all of Sioux City; nine grandchildren, Jordan, Jaci, Tyler, Ashley, Blake, Hanna, Aidan, Bennett and Carter; six siblings and their spouses, Virg and Norma Vanderloo of Ackley, Bonnie and Morrie Blum, Stan Vanderloo, Curt and Marlene Vanderloo, Keith and Carol Vanderloo, and Glenda and Don Donlin, all of Merrill; a brother-in-law, Wendell Blankenburg of Des Moines; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Jan Blankenburg and a sister-in-law, Geraldine Vanderloo.
Memorial services were at 10:30 a.m. today (Monday) at Morningside Lutheran Church with the Rev. Dave Denzer officiating. A private family burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery, Sioux City. Visitation was 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Morningside Lutheran Church, with the family present 5-8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7 p.m. all at the church.
His family served as pallbearers.
Meyer Brothers Morningside Chapel is handling arrangements.
Condolences may be posted online at www.meyerbroschapels.com.
Memorials may be made in his name to the Sioux City Middle School Athletics.