Milwaukee Brewers longtime chief groundskeeper has died

CREATED Oct. 11, 2011 - UPDATED: Oct. 11, 2011

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MILWAUKEE- Gary VandenBerg, a member of the Milwaukee Brewers organization for more than 30 years, passed away Monday night after battling a long-term illness.

"Gary was one of the most loved individuals in this organization, and this is a tremendous loss for everyone connected to the Milwaukee Brewers," said Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio. "Gary was one of the most dedicated and positive persons that we will ever know. We were fortunate to have Gary as a member of the Brewers family, and we all feel a tremendous sense of sadness today. Our prayers are with the VandenBerg family and all of those who loved him."

59-year-old VandenBerg began his career with the Brewers in 1981 as the Assistant Superintendent of Grounds but served more than 20 years as the Club's Director of Grounds. He was one of the five longest-tenured members of the organization, and he led a team that won multiple awards for excellence in their field of work.

VandenBerg is survived by his wife, Lauri, and twin sons, John and Joel. A native of Fond du lac, he resided with his family in Cedarburg, Wis.

The Brewers will honor VandenBerg's memory by wearing a special "GV" uniform patch for the duration of the Postseason.

Services and memorial arrangements are pending.