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Robert E. Vanvelzor

Robert E. Vanvelzor, age 82 of Thurston, died May 19, 2017, at his residence. He was born on March 28, 1935, in Somerset to the late Carsey and Ellen Fletcher Vanvelzor. He served his country in the US Army and retired from the Baltimore Paper Mill. He loved wood working, creating an amazing kitchen for his wife and enjoyed his Chevy cars. Robert will be greatly missed.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Carol Ruckman Vanvelzor; caregivers and and nephews, Michael (Joyce) King, Alex Starkey and Mac Starkey; aunts, Louella Baughman and Patricia Heistand; brother-in-law, Richard Ruckman; and several nieces and nephews.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Lee Vanvelzor.

A funeral service was held May 24, 2017, at the Johnson- Smith Funeral Home in Baltimore. Burial followed the service at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.

Memorials can be made in Roberts name to the American Cancer Society 5555 Frantz Rd. Dublin, OH 43015. Online condolences can be made at

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