Russell VanDyke

Russell VanDyke, 71 of Ravenna, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at Altercare in Brimfield. Russell was born on August 1, 1942 in Ravenna, Ohio the son of Harold Francis & Bernadine Lucille (Boston) Van Dyke.

On February 15, 1964, Russell married the former Joan Ann Cain. They were blessed with 43 years of marriage before her passing on July 16, 2007.

Russell had lived in Ravenna and worked as a truck driver for Chapman Excavation. He was a member of the US Air Force, Palmyra Methodist Church, Charity Masonic Lodge #530, Palmy Chapter Eastern Star, VFW, American Legion,and Honor Guard in Deerfield, Scottish Rite & the York Rite in Canton. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and horses.

Loving memories of Russell will be carried on by his sons William (Heidi) VanDyke of Ravenna, Michael & Courtney VanDyke of Munroe Falls; his sister Polly Boitle of Anderson, SC; his brother Allan VanDyke of Houston, TX; his grandsons William Jr. & Jason. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Joan Ann, his daughter, Shelly Renee VanDyke.

A special thanks to his niece Bonnie Romine and his great nieces Virgina & Angel Romine for helping to make his last days comfortable.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM. A Masonic Service will be held a 12:00 PM and funeral service will immediately follow. Russell will be laid to rest at Palmyra West Cemetery next to his wife.

Arrangements have been entrusted to James Funeral Home, 8 East Broad Street, Newton Falls, OH 44444, (330) 872-5440. Family and friends may view this obituary online and send condolences to Russell's family at www.Jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.

(James Funeral Home (330) 872-5440, RC 5-2-14)

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  • Sorry for your loss-Bob and Joan Fisher

  • Sorry to hear about your dad. I went to school with him in Windham. He was a good guy and it sounds like he had a great life. My sincere sympathies to you all.

    Carole Mullett Baker

    Winter Park, FL