Dennis “Denny” Van Houten
November 06, 1953 ‒ December 12, 2018
BELLVILLE: Recognized for wearing his Cleveland Indians batting helmet and large personality, Denny Van Houten was a huge sports fan, especially cheering for the Cleveland Indians and Clear Fork Colts.
The Clear Fork Valley will miss one of its greatest sports supporters, after Dennis “Denny” Van Houten passed away unexpectedly Wednesday December 12, 2018 in Houston, Texas. He was 65.
The son of Ed and Marilyn (Swank) Van Houten, Denny was born November 6, 1953 in Mt. Vernon and was graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1971.
Denny worked for the Ohio Department of Transportation as a highway technician and more recently as a sign worker. He retired a few months ago after working 30 years.
A Clear Fork sports enthusiast, Denny attended nearly all of the football, basketball, and baseball games. He played slow pitch softball in the 1980’s for Dick’s Sohio and the Butler Box. For 30 years, he umpired Clear Fork baseball and softball games.
A hard worker, Denny enjoyed working outside mowing and cutting wood.
He was a member of the Son’s of the American Legion.
Denny is survived by his wife Jeanne Van Houten of Bellville, sons Drew Van Houten of Lucas and DJ Van Houten of Vandalia; grandson Clay Van Houten; mother Marilyn Van Houten; sister Vonda (Bruce) Robinson; sister-in-law Sandra Van Houten; nephew John (Sylvia) Robinson and niece Amy (Andrew) Seward; great nephews and great niece; special cousin Randy Swank.
Along with his father he was preceded in death by his brothers Doug Van Houten and Ed “Spanky” Van Houten, Jr.
A memorial gathering will be held Wednesday, December 19, 2018 from 4-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Clear Fork Youth League Baseball and Softball Programs, may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com