Fred Russell Van Buren
A funeral service celebrating the life of Fred Russell Van Buren, 81, of Millersport, was held April 16, 2008, in the chapel of the Hoskinson Funeral Home, Kirkersville, with Pastor Tom Myers officiating. Burial was at Kirkersville Cemetery with full military honors by the Licking County Veterans Alliance.
Russell died Saturday evening following an extended illness. He was born Dec. 22, 1926, in New Rome, Ohio, the son of the late Arthur C. and Nellie B. Finley Van Buren.
He was a graduate of the Reynoldsburg High School, Class of 1945. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a master plumber by trade, having worked for Woods Plumbing and retiring from Boeing in Columbus in 1994. He enjoyed carpentry, woodworking and was described as being able to fixanything. He also loved NASCAR, bowling, fishing, hunting and the OSU Buckeyes. He was a expert euchre player, but most of all loved spending time with his family. He was an active member of the Kirkersville United Methodist Church and a former member of the VFW, Kirkersville V.F.D. and at one time was chief of police in Kirkersville.
He is survived by his loving family; his wife, the former Imogene Stewart, whom he married on June 27, 1948; his children, Donna Van Buren, of Marion, Mass., Don Van Buren, of Arvada, Colo., Dianna Van Buren, of Grove City, and Debbie Van Buren, of Clarksville, Tenn.; his four grandchildren, Virginia Leon, Dustin and Jason Van Buren and Shalala Ohlman; his brothers and sisters, Arnie Van Buren, of Birmingham, Ala., Dorothy (Richard) Ferree, of Springfield, Ill., Frieda (Jonathan) Crain, of Plain City, Annabelle (Richard) Reelhorn, of Pataskala, Richard Van Buren, of Hebron, Harvey (Donna) Van Buren, of Tool, Texas, and Mary (Dean) Williams, of LaCanada, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lester.
An online guest register and video tribute is available at www. hoskinsonfuneral.com. The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in the form of memorials be made to the Hospice of Central Ohio, 2269 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, OH 43055, or to Alzheimer's Foundation in his memory.