Robert Vanderpool, who owned Buster's restaurants, dies

May 04, 2004

LANCASTER - Services for businessman Robert "Buster" Vanderpool, 74, of Hustonville Road, Danville, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church in Danville by Doug Wesley and Barry Harmon. Private burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery.

Vanderpool formerly owned a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise in Danville and Versailles and Buster's Dairy Freeze restaurants, popular drive-in style restaurants in four counties known for the double-decker "Buster Burger."

Kids, Kentucky basketball and homestyle cooking. These three things were the loves of Vanderpool's life, according to his longtime friend, G.G. Harmon of Junction City.

"Buster absolutely adored kids, and that's the big reason he drove school buses for over 20 years, for Danville and also the Garrard County district," Harmon said today.


In addition to kids, Vanderpool loved the Cats.

"He was an avid UK basketball fan, had season tickets for years, and rarely, if ever, missed a home game," said Harmon. "Winter was Wildcat time for Buster. He lived and died with every basket."

Cooking was another passion, but Vanderpool didn't do it just to make a living as a restaurateur, Harmon said. "He'd do it even if he didn't get paid for it."

Harmon, who is mayor of Junction City, said Vanderpool was "always a big help" with planning and putting on Railroad Days. "He had a lot of community spirit."

Vanderpool died Sunday at Central Baptist Hospital.

Born April 2, 1930, in Jefferson County, he was the son of the late Bruce J. and Roxie Goodlett Vanderpool.

He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of Calvary Baptist Church and Lancaster Masonic Lodge. He sang in a gospel quartet.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Vanderpool; a daughter, Christy Vanderpool Killion of Harrodsburg; two brothers, Charles E. Vanderpool and Leslie Vanderpool, both of Bryantsville; a sister, Jo Ann Woods of Lexington; and a grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Scotty Vanderpool, Gilbert Phipps, Albert Cooper, Gary Chidester, Carl Greene, G.G. Harmon, Baker Williams and Jim Steele. Honorary pallbearers are Marcelyn Carey, Ida Mae Taylor, Datha Doolin, Phyllis Steele, Scott Vanderpool, Finley Hendrickson, Jack Cody and Felicia Day.

Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Wednesday.

Memorials may go to Calvary Baptist Church.

Spurlin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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