Edgar L. “Ed” VanDyke

November 01, 1932 ‒ July 23, 2017

Sunbury, Ohio

Edgar L. “Ed” VanDyke, Sr., age 84, of Sunbury passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at his son’s residence in Centerburg.

He was born on November 1, 1932 in Richlands, Virginia to the late George W. L. and Laura E. (Stumpp) VanDyke.

Ed was a graduate of Richlands High School and veteran of the United States Army, where he boxed and played football, serving during the Korean War.

On October 3, 1959, he married Alice Rhea Clarke.  They were married for 54 years before her passing on May 28, 2014.

He worked at Timken until his retirement, he held memberships at the Sunbury VFW and Eagles.

Ed loved his family, he enjoyed spending time with his son, his grandchildren and great grandchildren).  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and attending every sporting event for his grandchildren.  He enjoyed watching The Ohio State Buckeyes, as well as the Cleveland Browns.  He was also an excellent handyman, tinkering and fixing everything from cars to boats.

He will be missed by his son Richard (Tina) of Centerburg; grandchildren Ashley, Shaun, Erin (Gill) Thompson, Ainee, Ethan (Katlyn), Evan, and Alyssa; great grandchildren Bexlee and Eastyn; brother Doug (Susie) of Hudson, Wisconsin; sister Chris Myer of Ft. Pierce, Florida; many nieces, nephews, and cousins, family friend Nondus Emler, as well as Lucy and Sassy (his devoted dogs).

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his son Edgar L. “Eddie” Van Dyke Jr., brothers George Jr., Glenn, and Ronald; and his best friend and fishing buddy Dr. Ed Komraus.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 6 PM at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074 with Pastor Randy VanDyke officiating the services.  Friends may call on the family from 4 PM until the time of the service.  Private family burial will be held at a later date.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Mr. VanDyke’s family.  Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • What a special man and part of our family for so many many years, it truly is the end of an era for both of our families. Our parents are finally all together again in God’s light, and my memories will always be filled with the happiness and fun they all found together. Your dad was truly one of a kind, and was my father’s touchstone and best friend through all of his years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family during this difficult time.

  • The Cave family extends our love and sympathy, along with prayers of peace during this difficult time. My memories of Ed when I was a child have faded a bit, but lived on through my mother’s stories. He always showed such love for Mom and I…”Bigfoot” (I believe) as she was know to him. I’m pretty sure she and Dad along with Ed have reunited and are headed off to some fishing hole in those heavenly skies. Ed’s legacy will live on in the lives all of his grandchildren and his love will be felt with each memory. Richard and Tina, we are so sorry for your family’s loss. We love you all and send many hugs.

  • So sorry hearing of Ed’s passing.
    Ed and Alice were two of the best people my husband and I knew at the Sunbury VFW. Ed was always gentleman, and a lot of fun. Prayer’s for his family and friends RIP Ed. You will be missed.

    Jerry and Rita Young

  • Dear Family. Ed Was a very nice man. Always had a nice word to say and tried to make his children laugh at the pool many years ago. Sending prayers 🙏🙏

  • Ed and I played together on the Richlands HS football team…a really good athlete and wonderful friend. I have parted with many old friends recently…Ed is the second team mate this week. God bless the family with his guidance through these
    painful times. I feel your sadness.

  • God Bless/RIP. A heartfelt Thank YOU, Ed for your service in The United States Army Serving in Korea….. And Semper Fi. ……… Soldier.