Alice Rhea Van Dyke

January 24, 1938 ‒ May 28, 2014

Sunbury, Ohio

Alice Rhea Van Dyke, 76, of Sunbury, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at her son’s residence. She was born January 24, 1938, in Richlands, Virginia, to the late Edwin Wiley and Mabel Irene (Combs) Clarke. After graduating from Richlands High School, Alice married the love of her life, Edgar L. Van Dyke Sr, on October 3, 1959. In her younger years, she served as a pilot in the Virginia Civil Air Patrol. She truly enjoyed fishing and even taught her husband how to fly fish. She was a longtime member of the Child Conservation League (CCL). Unselfish in everything she did, Alice was a caring and giving person. When she wasn’t volunteering at her sons’ school she was serving as a scout leader or volunteering her time and talents to others. A gifted craftswoman, Alice often made gifts for friends and family. She is also survived by her loving husband of nearly 55 years, Ed Van Dyke, Sr. of Sunbury; son, Richard (Tina) Van Dyke of Centerburg; grandchildren: Ashley, Shaun, Erin, Ainee, Ethan, Evan and Alyssa Van Dyke; sisters, Lynnda Clarke Henderson of Kingsport, TN; Gail Clarke Cave of Bushnell, FL; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Edgar L. “Eddie” Van Dyke Jr. Friends may call Sunday from 2 – 5 pm at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR’s 3 at 61, Sunbury, where services will follow Monday at 11:00 am with Chaplain Irene Scaramazza officiating. Interment will follow in Trenton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Walnut Friends Who Share, 216 High St, Sunbury, OH 43074 or American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Rd., Dublin, OH 43017. The family wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of Acclaim Hospice for their compassion shown to Alice in her final days (especially Donna, Sharon and the rest of the Hospice nurses). Special thanks to the on-going spiritual guidance from Krisy Britenstine. Condolences may be expressed at

  • Ed & family, we are so sorry for the passing of Alice. We regret that we can not be there. Love to all, Vicki & Bill, Cecil & Ethel, & Mike

  • Ed, sorry for your loss of Alice, we all looked forward to your summer visits back home. We pray for your well being and look forward to seeing you soon. Love you bud. Slick

  • Ed, Shaun and family:
    Alice will be sadly missed, she was a very warm person and always had a smile and pleasant conversation. We will hold her forever fondly in our hearts. Our condolences in your time of sadness.

  • Ed & family,

    Butch and I are so sorry for your loss of Alice. I’ll never forget how sweet she was
    to me when I lost Buford. She was a loving and sweet person. Our prayers
    are with you. If you come in this summer, be sure to come see us.


    Faye and Butch

  • Please accept my condolences on the passing of Alice. She was such a great person and she will truly be missed. It was an honor and a privilege to serve such a wonderful family. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to lessen your burden. May God embrace you in comfort during this difficult time.

    Sean Sauer
    DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home