A funeral service celebrating the life of Robert Eugene VanDyke, age 83, of Thornville, was held June 5, 2019, at the Thornville Chapel of Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service, with Clifford Mason as Celebrant. Burial was in Lutheran Reformed Cemetery and Bob was transported to the cemetery using his John Deere tractor.
Robert was born March 8, 1936, in Thorn Township, Perry County, O to the late Eugene and Grace (Poff) VanDyke. He passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019, at Licking Memorial Hospital.
Bob worked in construction for over 60 years and retired from Exco in Columbus after more than 30 years of service. He had also been a farmer for many years. Following his retirement, Bob liked to restore John Deere tractors and was involved with tractor pulling and hit and miss engines. He had several John Deere tractors but his favorite was a 1945 John Deere B. Bob was a member of the Steam and Gas Tractor Club and the Land of Legend Tractor Club.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 65 years, Nancy Lee (Lindsey) VanDyke, whom he married August 14, 1954; two daughters, Rhonda (Carl) Boysen and Teresa (Randal) Levengood; son, Kevin (Kim) VanDyke; grandchildren, Justin Boysen, Garrett (Jami) Boysen, Kevin (Karen) Clark, Jenny (Dylan) Murphy, Kyle VanDyke (fiancée Tiera Gore) and Kinsey VanDyke; great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Khloe and Kolin Clark, Kayden VanDyke and Kaylee VanDyke; brother, Charles (Janice) VanDyke; sisters, Wanda (Ernest) Cooperrider and Alice Coomer; brother-in-law, Claude Bartley; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Karren Bartley; and by a brother-in-law, Fred Coomer.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Please visit www.HoskinsonFuneral.com to share a special memory about Robert or to sign an online guest book.
Hoskinson Funeral & Cremation Service in Thornville is honored to care for Robert and the VanDyke family.