Earl M. VanArsdalen
August 24, 1932 ‒ April 12, 2002
Obituary for Sunday April 14, 2002
Earl M. VanArsdalen
BUTLER: Earl M. VanArsdalen, 69, of College Street, Butler, died Friday evening April 12, 2002 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital following a short illness.
He was born August 24, 1932 in Baltimore, Ohio, to Arthur and Mary (Schuler) VanArsdalen, and was graduated from Liberty Union High School in 1951, where he was affectionately called “Mr. Music Man” for his interest in vocal choir and band, and his accomplishments on the baritone.
Earl owned and operated Van’s Custom Painting, his painting contracting firm, for the past seven years. He previously owned and operated Van’s Garage on East Dickson in Mansfield for nearly 15 years, and worked with Mansfield Plumbing Products in Perrysville.
He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Butler, where he formerly served as a youth advisor.
A Butler resident most of his life, Earl was a motorcycle enthusiast, following his son on the Motocross Racing Circuit for 10 years.
Earl was former president of the Clear Fork High School Band Boosters in the early 1970’s, and was immersed in the Clear Fork High School Boy’s Basketball team’s recent state tournament championship.
When his schedule permitted, he enjoyed fishing and woodworking, but his family was his passion, lavishing attention on his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Priscilla E. (Maglott) VanArsdalen, whom he married October 9, 1954; two daughters and a son-in-law Robyn D. and Thomas Wade of Bellville and Jill L. VanArsdalen of Mansfield; his son and daughter-in-law David E. and Jennifer VanArsdalen of Mansfield; four grandsons and their spouses Adam and Janelle Wade of Bellville, Ethan and Naomi Wade stationed with the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum, New York, Lucas VanArsdalen and Parker VanArsdalen; two great grandchildren Kennedi Wade and Dylan Wade; a brother and sister-in-law Floyd and Earlene VanArsdalen of Tucson, Arizona; three sisters and two brothers-in-law Julia Yost of Kirkersville, Alice and John Duvall of Lancaster and Shirley and Tom Spiers of Vermilion; a sister-in-law LeeAnn VanArsdalen of Baltimore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son Daniel Eric VanArsdalen in 1961, and a brother Richard VanArsdalen.
Friends may call Monday April 15, 2002 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 am. The Rev. Dr. Michael V. Stine will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Memorial contributions to the Clear Fork High School Band Boosters may be made at the funeral home.