READSBORO- Raymond Ronald Van, 83, died at Albany Medical Center on July 15 after a short illness.
Mr. Van, born on November 25, 1935, worked at the Readsboro Chair shop. He was a charmer, could fall asleep anywhere, had a stubborn streak, and loved scrapping, chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, pumpkin pie, old country music, and old Westerns. He loved his family home on the hill, the feel of sun on his face, and seeing how far he could go on long scooter rides.
Mr. Van has joined his wife Elizabeth, the love of his life and the most patient, kind woman he had ever met, his daughters Polly and Cindy, and his grandson, Christopher. He is survived by his granddaughter Anna; great-grandkids Eddie, Elizabeth, and Christopher; and his nephew Jackie.
Mr. Van had another family that adopted him into their family, and he is survived by Brad, Erin, Kaelyn, and Brady Lackey. He is also survived by his very special friends Debra Cox, Brianna O’Hearn, and Joshua Carpenter-O’Hearn.
Mr. Van requested that donations in his memory be made to Kayla’s Playground, PO Box 922, Jacksonville, VT 05342. He loved watching the playgrounds be built and always wanted to know how many kids got to enjoy the outdoor playground fun. To post a tribute in memory of Mr. Van visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.