Wilbur E. Van Houten

June 19, 1931 ‒ March 16, 2015

Galena, Ohio

Wilbur E. Van Houten, age 83 of Galena, passed away Monday morning March 16, 2015 after fighting courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on June 19, 1931 in Briggsdale, Ohio to the late C. Lewis and Bernice A. (Clark) Van Houten. He was a graduate of Central High school and a retired Maintenance Electrician For Rockwell International with 38 years of service Member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sunbury Aerie 3614 and the Moose Lodge #11.

Wilbur was a hard worker, great provider. a devoted father and husband. He loved going camping to music festivals especially the Bluegrass Festival. Wilbur loved tinkering with cars in his barn, feeding the birds, camping at the Little Brown Jug, helping others in need and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife: Eva (Basham) Van Houten; daughters: Jewell (Drew) Tilley, Jodie (Billy) Sanders, Rhonda Snyder; daughter-in-law: Debbie Van Houten, Rose Hartzell; step-daughters: Violet Carpenter, Jeannie (Al) Herritt , Judy (Pete) Ratcliff; 23 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren, 7 step grandchildren, 9 step great grandchildren; sisters: Marilyn Lanning,Teddy Hoffman, Lucy (Danny) Sheets, Margie (Gary) West; half-brother: Roger Van Houten; nieces, nephews and numerous family and friends.

Preceded on death by sons: Richard and Robert Van Houten; grandson: Justin Sanders; great granddaughter: Hannah Van Houten; brothers: Howard, Lawrence, Charles, Harold, Clark and Ralph Van Houten; sisters; Ruth Little, Vesta Williams

Friends may call Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury where services will be held Friday 1 p.m. with Bernard Basham officiating. Interment will follow in the Cheshire Cemetery.

A special thanks to Dr. Tomas Olencki, The James Cancer Hospital, Vitas Hospice and primary physician Dr. Bo Toplak.

Memorial contributions can be made to The James Cancer Hospital or Vitas Innovative Hospice Care.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

  • Heartfelt sympathies to Aunt Eva and Wilber’s extended family. Van will be greatly missed by all. Prayers and love, Russ and Lin.

  • Aunt Eva, so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and the extended family during this difficult time. May you be able to look back on the good times to get you through the days ahead.
    Love and prayers coming your way. Love Shelby

  • So sorry for your loss Rhonda and family. Wilber was an awesome man and he will be sadly missed by all. We had some great times tailgating at the OSU games. Rest in peace Wilber you deserve it.

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Wilber. I hold very fond memories of him from my high school days. Always a very tolerant and understanding man. May he rest in peace.

  • Aunt Eva I’m so sorry for you loss. You are very dear to me I love you both so much! Prayers for comfort for you and the family at this time for comfort! Love LeeAnn Davenport ((hugs))

  • So sorry for your loss, the Van Houten’s and other family members are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Uncle Van was a character, that’s why we will always love him and miss him. His humor was a gift we all will miss. Love you Aunt Eva.

  • Wilbur’s joking nature and pleasant personality will always be remembered. Condolences to Aunt Eva and his loved ones. Rest in peace Wilbur.

  • I am sorry for your loss. Sounds like he had a full life. Lots of children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Wilbur was such a sweet and fun person. He will be greatly missed. Hugs to you Eva. We are so sorry for your loss.

  • I’m praying for strength for all of those who survived Wilbur Van Houten. Thanks to Wayne Van Houten for the obituary posting. Wayne is a friend of mine from our high school days at Brookhaven. Wayne is a man of faith and I know his presence will make everything easier for everyone. Condolences Wayne for the loss of your uncle Wilbur. Uncle Wilbur was born the same year as my uncle Carl next door to me. Life is a vapor and time goes very quickly. I’m sure uncle Wilber had many people who helped him during his battle with cancer. Clearly, Wilbur lived a joyous and fulfilling life for 83 years. Galatians 5:22-23

  • Dear Van Houten Family,
    I am so sorry that your dear father is not on earth any more but I trust in God’s love and mercy and pray that He will welcome your father in Heaven. One day you will all be reunited again!
    Even though I can’t be with you in person today or tomorrow, I am with you in spirit and carrying you in my heart. I love you all.
    With prayers, sympathy and friendship,
    Rachel Muha

  • Eva and all the VanHouten family.So sorry for your loss.Even though I can not be there in person,please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this very trying time.He was a special person and will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure to have known him, Rest in peace Wilbur! Peggy