Harold R. Van Meter

December 25, 1932 ‒ February 14, 2018

Marion, Ohio

Harold R. Van Meter, age 85, of Marion, died Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at home surrounded by his loving family following a quick decline in his health.

On Christmas Day in 1932, Harold was born in Marion County, Ohio, the second of six children of the late Floyd Harold and Mary Edythe (Gustin) Van Meter.  He graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1950.

Shortly following graduation, Harold enlisted to serve in the U.S. Navy, a veteran of the Korean War.  He sailed across the Pacific Ocean 44 times, hauling supplies for the troops aboard the USS Windham Bay escort carrier.  Remaining close with his shipmates, Harold and Inez traveled all over the United States for Windham Bay Association events, a group he was a past president of.

Upon his honorable discharge, Harold returned home Marion County, where he resumed attending the Grand Prairie Baptist Church.  They had a church function, where a young lady caught his eye, Inez Gist.  Soon thereafter they were married on July 14, 1957, and they have been by each other’s side for the past 60 years.

After the Navy, Harold worked for Huber Manufacturing in their printing department, creating and printing instructions books.  He worked there until Huber was acquired by A-T-O in 1977, when he went on his own running the Van Meter Print Shop on Mount Vernon Avenue for 8 years with his son, Keith.  Later he worked for Middleton Printing and Murphy Industries.

Always hard at work, in addition to printing, Harold tended his wife, Inez’s, family farm for 30 years.

Very faithful, Harold formerly was a member of the Grand Prairie Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon and trustee.  Recently, he and Inez have been members of the Fairpark Baptist Church.  He also was a member of the Marion County Farm Bureau, where he served as president for six years, and he was a member of the Young Farmers of America.

Most important of all to Harold was his family.  His proudest achievement in life was raising his children and seeing what they have made of their lives.  He also cherished every moment with his grandchildren.

Harold will be dearly missed by his wife, Inez Van Meter; five children: Jean Ann Pierce, Keith (Rhonda) Van Meter, both of Marion; Robert (Jenny) Van Meter of West Chester, Kevin Van Meter of Lexington, and Nancy (Scott) Carter of Marion; 9 grandchildren: Michelle (Scott) Baldwin, James Pierce, Calai (Chad) Adams, Tim (Susan) Friend, Tonia (Brian Prater) Blankley, Justin Van Meter, Mary Elizabeth Van Meter, and Maci and Kari Carter; five great-grandchildren: Sydney Baldwin, Lanie and Lilie Blankley, and Penelope and Sophia Friend; two brothers: Rev. James Van Meter, and Phil (Georgann) Van Meter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Harold was preceded in death by three siblings: Mary Ann Harris, Richard Van Meter, and Elizabeth Van Meter; a sister-in-law, Linda Van Meter; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Anthony Van Meter.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018, at the Fairpark Baptist Church, 940 Bermuda Dr., Marion.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 11 a.m., with Pastor David Rush officiating, followed by military honors provided by the Marion County United Veterans Council.  They will again greet friends for an hour prior to the services.  Burial will follow in Grand Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth Marion Home Health Hospice, 278 Barks Rd. W., Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Harold’s family and your condolences may be shared with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • So sorry for your loss Inez! I still drive but not sure about getting to the funeral! If I am not sure about where I am going I dislike to drive. My heart aches for you and hope the Lord will comfort you at this time . Love you and sympathy to you and your family. Blessings, Twila

    • I just found out I will have a way to the funeral home Friday night, So glad it worked out for me. Love Twila

  • So sorry for your loss Inez! I still drive but not sure of getting to the funeral. If I am not sure about where I am going I dislike to drive. My heart aches for you and hope the Lord will comfort you at this time. Love you and sympathy
    to you and your family. Blessings, Twila

  • Inez, I am so sorry to hear that Harold has passed. He truly was a great friend. He will be missed. Loved hearing his stories about his lifetime adventures. He is home with the Lord. Remember he will always be with you for he is now an angel on your shoulder. Prayers are with you and the family.

  • Dear Inez,
    The Collins’ family send our deepest sympathy. We all loved Harold and Skip loved him, as well. He is with the Lord now, and forever, and you have that promise as well. It is with great sadness I send these words to you. We’ve shared some good times, and this old world is losing a ‘good man’. Love you, friend. Sharon C.

  • Index and The VanMeter family,
    We are truly sorry for your loss. Harold was a very caring individual, always willing to help out anyone in need.
    He will be greatly missed by all.
    LOVE you all,
    Matt and Roxanne Brewer

  • So sorry to learn of the passing of Harold. Great friends to Lowell and Jackie Murphy. Thinking of all of you during this time. He was a real gem and we loved him so much.
    Much love
    Tom and Michelle Murphy

  • Harold will be greatly missed. He was an example of the kind of human everyone should strive to be Hugs to the family.

  • Inez and family we are so sorry for your loss. Harold was a wonderful man and an inspiration. Our memories of him will always be his smile and his positive attitude. What a wonderful legacy of love for the Lord, his family and his Country.
    Jeff, Tim, Lisa and Debbie Merriman

  • I’m sorry to hear of Harold s passing. Great neighbors on Powell Rd. Although I’m in Fl for winter, I am flying back tomorrow and will try to see the family
    God’s blessings to all.

  • Inez and all the Family:

    Please accept our sincerest sympathy upon the loss of Harold. He was a wonderful person and we certainly enjoyed
    his recounting of all his life experiences. Our prayers are going out to you, Jean Ann, Keith, Rob, Kevin and Nancy and all the extended families. He is in Heaven now walking w/Jesus and probably telling Him all the stories.

    I’m in Florida right now with Jeanette and will not be able to come to any of the services. I’m so very sorry. Tom is in an assisted living facility (Brookdale) . He isn’t able to walk anymore so it’s impossible for anyone to even get him there.

    We love you and pray for you to relax in the comfort of Jesus’ arms. He’ll bring you through it.

    Verna and Tom Wagner.

  • Inez,
    So sorry to hear of Harold’s passing! I have many memories of you all from Grand Prairie and remember Harold coming to help this young mother with her kitchen sink that blew up! He was always a pleasure to see and talk to at church and miss you both very much. Many prayers for you and your family.

  • My deepest sympathies to the VanMeter family! I always enjoyed my visits when home health was seeing Harold. God bless and comfort you.

    Beth Swalley, RN
    OhioHealth Home Health

  • I am so very sorry for your families loss….I have many fond memories of your sweet family.

    Dwona Stevens

  • Sorry to hear about Harold’s passing Inez. I’m remembering some good memories at Grand Prairie Baptist Church. Praying for you and your family.
    Nancy Kinney

  • Inez and family
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Know that he will be missed by many. He was a good man, a good father, and a wonderful Christian example for us all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God bless you and comfort you.

  • Dear Inez, Jean Ann, Keith, Rob, Kevin and Nancy,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Harold was a great man and he will be missed by All that knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this difficult time. God Bless you all. RIP Harold
    Carolyn Dasher

  • Inez and Family

    So sorry to hear of your loss,Harold was a good man loved by many and will be missed by many as well. We go back a long ways many good memories.
    Love Patsy Harris

  • So sorry to hear this. Harold was a sweet person who will be greatly missed by so many!! Thoughts and prayers to Inez and family.

  • Dear Inez & Family, I am so sorry for your loss and send sincere sympathy to your family. I have always loved Harold, and feel a part of your family. Together, we have so many wonderful (and fun) memories of 40 years plus. May those memories be a treasure. Sending My love,

  • I recall my fascination with Harold’s flat top. I liked to rub it when I would come to visit Dad at Huber. How ironic that Harold died on the same day as Dad 39 years later. Friends in life and now friends in death. I am sure Dad was waiting to greet him. My heartfelt condolences to you, Inez, and your entire family.

  • Dear Inez: So sorry for your loss.
    We were fortunate to see you and Harold last year on our visit to Marion. Take care.
    Merl and Elly Coon

  • Inez,
    We’re so sorry to hear of Harold’s passing. He was such a warmhearted individual. We always enjoyed spending time with him at IDA events. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Jim & Janet Lett

  • My heart goes out to all that loved Harold I loved his gentle quiet ways,shy smile ,a giving heart that did so much for the elderly & wherever was needed~( Without praise ) a great example of being a devoted husband, father , a friend , I loved it when he & the Lust twins would talk about memories (funny stories) of the pass & hear them laugh, ( He will be missed ~ as I have for several years (missed all the Van Meters from Grand Prairie ) Love you ALL~ ❣🙏PRAYERS FOR YOU ALL ; Especially Inez~

  • So sorry to hear of Harold’s passing! Ed and I always enjoyed visiting with you guys and being with your family at Grand Prairie Baptist Church. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ed and Gail Holland

  • To the family of Harold.

    Harold was a pleasure to all who knew him. Mary Ann, my neighbor, had many good times teasing him. Of course we enjoyed every minute pestering him. Kevin I know you will miss him very much. Haven’t seen you for some time but you are still part of our group. I cannot make it to the funeral but my prayers are with all of you.

  • Inez and family, You have our deepest sympathy. Harold was a special person, we are better persons for having known him. Our prayers are with you during this hard time.

  • Inez and family,

    My deepest sympathies to your family. I will miss Uncle Harold and his stories. I pray God’s healing presence and comfort will be with you in the days ahead.

    Angie VanMeter

  • Inez,

    I will always remember Harold’s quick wit and kindness every time I was around him when I was growing up! I am praying for you and your family as you mourn his loss.

  • Dear Inez and family-
    I am so sorry to hear about your loss of Harold! I have so many good memories of spending time with Harold and your family. Such a very nice man. Keith – my thoughts are with you!

    Mickey Nygaard