In 1952, he and his father established the Vander Plaat Funeral Home in Wyckoff, NJ where it has stood the test of time for nearly 50 years. The Garfield location was sold in 1985, after 91 years of caring, personal service and the Wyckoff location continues to carry on the same tradition.
Today, John C. Vander Plaat's children Brenda and Linda continue the family tradition. Linda and her husband William Brock, Jr., manager of the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, LLC of Wyckoff joined in 1975. Tim Brock, son of Bill and Linda, is the fifth generation of the Vander Plaat Funeral Home family.