2009-04-09 / Obituaries

Robert E. Van Pelt

Breezewood, 94

Robert E. Van Pelt, 94, Breezewood, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009.

He was born June 27, 1914, at his family home on Big Run Road in East Providence Township, a son of the late Kent Van Pelt and Della (Pee) Van Pelt.

On February 12, 1940, in Winchester, Va., he married Ruth E. (Deremer) Van Pelt, who passed away February 9, 1998.

He is survived by their children: Leila Norman and husband John Norman, Chambersburg; Paul W. "Bud" Van Pelt and wife Audrey (Foor) Van Pelt, Breezewood; Kenneth E. Van Pelt and wife Pam (Barney) Van Pelt, Gardners; Victoria L. Gumpher, Harrisonville; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two sons: Robert "Bobby" Van Pelt and Roger Van Pelt; a sister, Mary Clark; three brothers: Donald Van Pelt, Charles Van Pelt, and Paul Van Pelt; and an infant sister.

He was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church where he served as a church trustee for many years and also was a member of the board for Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

He first worked at Snyder's Gateway in Breezewood as a fuel attendant and then for many years worked as a cashier at the Breezewood Truck Stop, after which he began working for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission at the Everett maintenance department until his retirement in 1979.

After his retirement, "Pop," as he was known to his family, was a faithful companion and helping hand to many. He visited folks who were under the weather or lonely, providing them with many hours of encouragement and hope. It was the simple things in life that he enjoyed the most, having a great love of his family, bluegrass music and the rolling hills of West Virginia. All appreciated his charm and wit and his gentle spirit will be greatly missed.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 27, at the chapel at Dalla Valle Funeral Service, Everett. Pastor Bruce Maxwell and Pastor George Clippinger officiated. Burial was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

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