Wilbur E. Van Houten
June 19, 1931 ‒ March 16, 2015
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.