Robert L. VanDyke, 88, of Washington Court House, Ohio died Wednesday, July 28, 2021, at 9:25 p.m. at his home following an extended illness.
He was born June 26, 1933, in Pike County, Ohio to Walter and Nellie Mossbarger VanDyke. He was a 1952 graduate of Fairfield High School in Leesburg. He had formerly lived in Pike County and Greenfield but spent most of his life in this community.
He was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for 38 years before his retirement in 1994. He then was a maintenance worker at the Carnegie Public Library where he enjoyed the companionship of his co-workers and many friends. He had also worked at the Fayette County Airport and Carriage Court Assisted Living.
Bob was a member of St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church and the National Association of Letter Carriers. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Lee VanDyke on October 20, 2020; four brothers, Charles, Jesse, Russell and Howard VanDyke and four sisters, Mary Bell, Phyllis Smith, Helen Matthews and Dorothy McCallister.
Bob is survived by his wife, the former Frances (Fran) Wissinger whom he married November 26, 1955; three children, David A. VanDyke and his wife, (Polly) of Zanesfield, OH; Robert J. VanDyke and his special friend, Mandy Ogan, and Beth McCane, and her husband, Tim, all of Washington Court House; eight grandchildren, Daniel, Kyle (Ashton), Gabriel and Sarah VanDyke, Scott, Mason (Emily), Jameson and Jordan McCane; two great grandchildren, Edel VanDyke and Natalie McCane; a sister, Annie Schmidt of Scottsdale, AZ; numerous nieces and nephews, extended family members and friends.
A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 10 a.m. at the St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church by the Rev. Father Cyrus Haddad, pastor at the church. Burial will follow in the St. Colman Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call at the Kirkpatrick Funeral Home in Washington Court House Monday from 4-7 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Ohio’s Hospice of Fayette County, 222 North Oakland Avenue or the special renovation project at St. Colman of Cloyne Catholic Church, 219 South North Street, Washington Court House, Ohio 43160.