BY O.J. EARLY
Just two days before Father's Day, a Greene County man who is the father of 12 children was killed in a head-on collision in Morristown.
William "Bill" Vradenburgh, 56, of the Warrensburg community, was killed Friday evening when a 2005 Dodge Caravan, driving in the wrong direction on Highway 160, struck his 1997 Mazda 626 near Union Heights Elementary School.
Vradenburgh was pronounced dead at the scene, the Morristown Citizen-Tribune reported.
He was employed by Walmart Distribution Center, and also worked part-time for Azimuth Engineering.
"He had been with us 1998," said Fran Belt, Human Resources manager at the Walmart Distribution Center.
"He was very well thought of and he will be missed. We're very saddened by what happened," Belt said.
"I think everybody in the community knew him," said Bill Onkst, a partner at Azimuth Engineering. "It's a tremendous loss to us and to the whole community."
Vradenburgh earned a Masters Degree in Secondary Education from Marantha Baptist Bible College. He was a member of Warrensburg Baptist Church.
The driver of the van, Danny Lynn Musick, 52, of Morristown, was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and was a patient as of Saturday, the newspaper reported.
Empty beer cans were found in the van and charges are pending, the newspaper report said.
As of 8:30 a.m. Monday, charges were still pending, according to the Morristown Police Department.
According to information given by Morristown Police Department Chief Roger Overhold, as reported in the Citizen-Tribune, Musick had faced several charges of driving under the influence.
In addition, Musick had previously faced charges of driving on a revoked license, resisting arrest, assaulting an officer, vandalism and evading arrest, the newspaper reported.
Of Vradenburgh's 12 children, three of them, Richard, Robert and Haley Vradenburgh, were on a mission trip in Nicaragua when the accident occurred.
Those three children arrived back in the United States late Saturday evening.
His wife, Debbie, died of breast cancer in 2004.
Vradenburgh was an avid distance runner, competing in several local races over the years.
The Vradenburgh family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Fairview Baptist Church in Mohawk.
A service is planned at the church at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Warrensburg cementery.
Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Bill Vradenburgh Memorial Fund, c/o Capital Bank, or to The Voice of the Martyrs, P.O. Box 443, Bartlesville, OH, 74005-0443.