Justin T. ‘Bubba’ Van Dyke

May 10, 1984 ‒ July 14, 2017

Marengo, Ohio

“A big kid with a huge heart,” Justin T. “Bubba” Van Dyke, went to be with the Lord much too soon early Friday morning, July 14, 2017, following complications from a recent back surgery. He was 33 years young and of Marengo.

On May 10, 1984, Justin was born in Mount Gilead, Ohio, the youngest of three children of Holly (Rockwell) Van Dyke and the late Tommy Joe Van Dyke. Growing up, he attended Highland High School.

Following school, Justin worked as an aid with Canterbury Villa of Centerburg, where he cared for and loved on their residents with developmental disabilities. He then went on to work at the Kroger Distribution Center in Delaware, working there for nearly ten years, spending most of his time in their quality assurance department.

Getting a second chance at love, Bubba married Bridget Harris on February 17, 2016, which gave them their sweet red-headed princess, Makenzie.

Deep in faith, Justin was raised in the New Testament Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Gilead. “Enjoying the church environment and wanting to spread the good word,” he also church hopped to twenty plus churches over the years, especially enjoying Genoa Baptist Church in Westerville.

Very creative, Justin enjoyed experimenting and creating new things whether it was in the kitchen when he was cooking or restoring vintage items to use to decorate his house.

Bubba will be remembered as a “big kid, with a huge heart.” He was always the “fun dad and fun uncle,” always monkeying around with all the kids in the Van Dyke family. You always knew where Bubba was, because he was the loudest, clumsiest and goofiest one in the family. He overflowed with love for all of his family, whom he was very protective of, and loved spending all of his time with.

Bubba will forever be missed by his wife, Bridget Van Dyke; five children: Gaven, Andrea, Charlie, Jayce and Makenzie; mother, Holly Van Dyke; two siblings: Tommy Joe “T. Joe” (Mandy) Van Dyke, and Hope Marie Young; brother-in-law, Charles (Sharee) Harris; nine nieces and nephews: Haven and Caden Van Dyke, Pvt. Trent and Kailyn Sloan, Ashley and Curtis Smith, Christopher, Kyle and Lance Harris; lifelong best friend, David Greenawalt III; and many more dear friends and cousins.

Bubba was preceded in death by his father, Tommy Joe Van Dyke; and a nephew, Garett Josiah Seth Harris.

His family will greet friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services honoring his life will be held there at 5 p.m. with Pastor Aaron Beacom officiating. Interment will follow in Butter Cemetery in Marengo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help Bridget and her children.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Bubba’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be expressed with them via www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Holly, Hope, TJoe and family-
    I can’t tell you how sorry I am to hear of the passing of Justin. My heart aches for all of you. May God be with you through this difficult time. Rest In Peace Justin. Fly high with the angels.

  • Words cannot express how sad I am to hear about the passing of Justin. My heart goes out to his wife, children, family and friends. Prayers to you all during this difficult time.

  • There are no words that can heal the hurt your family is going through right now. Myself , I cannot believe this is true.. you have been my family and my little brother best friend/brother for over 22yrs.. I am going to miss you dearly and your corny jokes … my prayers are with your family and children at this time.. you will be missed

  • I’m so saddened by this. I watched Justin grow up. He played with my children. May God bring peace to his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  • Devastated! I am so very sorry for the entire family’s loss. Holly, many heartfelt hugs to you! There are no words to offer, just know anything I can do, please let me know!

  • Holly, Dan and I are so sorry for your loss. I have no doubt Justin is up there with Tom keeping him company now.

  • When there are no words that can take away your pain, there is always prayers. When you can no longer see him or touch him or hear him, know that he lives in the beat of your heart. Believe in the strength of the love you shared and carry on with courage and determination. Lean on those who reach out to you and the children. It is OK to be sad, to even cry but always know at the end of the day that he is forever by your side in spirit.

  • Hopey holly kaylyn and Trent I’m so sorry for your loss! My heart is breaking for you please let me know what if anything I can do for you guys and his wife and kids! Love you all!

  • I am saddened and sorry for your loss. Justin was an amazing man and father. He loved his family and those kids so much. Peace be with him and his family through this time. He is gone in life but not in spirit. He will be by your side forever. I am so sorry for your sudden loss.

  • Justin, I am heartbroken, but I know you are at peace, you are home, resting in the arms of our Lord. Someday we will all be reunited, and oh what a family reunion that will be! Holly, Hopie, T.Joe, Mandy, Bridget & kids, I love you all so much. We are family strong & will get through this, like we always do, together. I love you.

  • I didn’t know Bubba, my heart hurts for anyone who has to say goodbye to a love one… I know that pain to well, blessings to you.. Sincerely

  • You don’t know me but I am Brady to mother he told me this morning and my heart goes out to your entire family I lost a daughter just five years ago I cannot imagine your pain yes I can imagine your pain God bless all of you and our church will be praying for your family

  • Our family is very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around all of you and comfort you. Sending you many prayers and love.

  • Words can not express how deep the pain goes, he was always one to make you laugh, he is in the arms of our Lord and I am sure rejoicing with the many who have gone on before him. He missed his dad alot and there are alot of us on the other side to receive him, Holly and family I hope this brings you some comfort. He will truly be missed and will always be loved 💕

  • Holly I am so sorry to hear of this news! My heart goes out to you & your family! It sounds like your son was a wonderful young man! Lean on God for your comfort.

  • Let God wrap his arms around the family as they have lost a loving father , son, brother , and uncle . May he be with you on your time of mourning and bless you with peace and comfort . I didn’t know him , but as a Christian . He will be one of my brothers . As we all are brothers and sisters and Jesus eyes . My deepest sympathy to the family .

  • My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family, Holly. May God give you the comfort and peace that you seek. Please let me know if you me anything.

  • Sorry to hear about Justin. Thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. If you need anything, please let us know.

  • Kenny and Sharon , so sorry to hear of your families lost. May God be with all of you at this sad time. Holly , prayers for you and all..

  • Hope, Holly, Tommy and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Justin. Although I never knew him, I have heard him spoken of with much love by many. Please know that my love and prayers for healing and comfort are being sent your way now and during the difficult days ahead.

  • Holly and family,
    So sorry to hear about Justin. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My heart goes out to you,Holly and Bridget. Justin and I had our ups and downs but he was a a great son, father, husband, and friend. He touched many lives and left many fun, silly and loving memories for us all. Know that I’m am thinking of you all.

  • Daddy, I will love you for ever. You are my best friend in the whole wide world. I will miss you so much, and I will see in heaven someday.
    Love, Gaven Rachele VanDyke 💜

  • Holly, Bridget and family, our hearts are so heavy for you all. We loved Justin. Our prayers are with you all.
    Mary and Mike Messer

  • Holly, Bridget and family, our hearts are so heavy for you all. We loved Justin. Our prayers are with you all.
    Mary and Mike Messer

  • Holly So Sorry to hear about Justin May God wrap his strength around this family.
    Hugs and Prayers
    DeEtte Tripp

  • I was thinking about you this morning as I was getting ready & remembering the silly times with you, oh would we laugh ! I remember the mud fight at your house that left you covered in mud ! I remember the picking on Kyle, Cameron, and Branden and them giving it back to you, haha. I remember the hugs you always gave me & my family when you saw us. I remember the long talks I had with you after your knee surgery about God. I don’t doubt for a moment that your with him now. We will miss you Justin, but only for a short while until we are all reunited again. As I was thinking about you this morning, all of a sudden I started thinking of the hymm & verse “it is well with my soul”, it was as if you were standing there telling me that at that very moment, Justin I know It Is Well With Your Soul………..

  • So sorry to hear this very sad news of your loss. Sending you prayers for your family. May God be your strnghtj and comfort during this time

  • I’m so sorry for your loss I knew Justin we went to school together and he was always kind to everyone he always was a happy kid

  • Holly Hope TJ and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you through this sad time. God is with you. Duke and Debbie

  • Dear Holly and family,

    I am so sorry for this terrible loss of such a very young man. Words cannot express my feelings of sympathy for all of you. If I can do anything to help, please let me know. My thoughts and prayers are with you and my God’s love surround you today and always.


  • Holly, Hope, TJoe and family,
    We are so very sorry to hear of Justin’s passing. My heart is breaking for you all. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Roger and Kim Stephens

  • Holly, words can never cover the pain of a lost one. Know that you and your family are in our prayers.

    – Aaron and Michelle Shiplwy

  • Hope and family,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. May God give you peace and comfort.

    Walt & Robin Farlee

  • I’m very blessed to have shared so many memories as children together and hold so many dear as we became adults. My boys will always remember him as the one that choked them with his Cane.. I adore the entire family and pray God gives you strength and comfort you during this hard time. He sure loved his family and friends and will forever be in my heart..

  • To Justin’s beloved and precious family, Pastor Richard and Jeanne Hite just want to extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences. We came to know Justin through our nephew Brian Campos and for a brief period of time, Justin came to church in Mount Vernon with Brian and the “posse” and in that time, we came to dearly love him. He called us Uncle Dick and Aunt Jeanne and we were proud to be known as such. We know that Justin is now with the One he loved so much, his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May you all find peace and comfort in knowing that soon and very soon we will all see Justin again for the Lord’s coming is nigh. God bless and keep you all.

    With much love, Pastor Richard Hite and Jeanne Hite (Aunt Jeanne and Uncle Dick)

  • Holly, Hope and T. Joe and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to all. Karen Roberts

  • Bridget I am so sorry for this tragic loss. I am keeping you and your kids in my prayers. You are such a strong woman, and I know your little ones will get you through this. I am here for you anytime day or night. Prayers to all who knew and loved Justin.

  • Holly and family, I am so sad to hear of Justin’s passing. He was far too young. The joy and smiles he gave to others was precious. May the love of family, friends and God help you through this heartbreaking time.