Feb. 2, 1937 - Sept. 17, 2007
BELLEVUE - David A. VanFleet, 70, of Bellevue, died Monday surrounded by his family.
He was born Feb. 2, 1937 in Bellevue to the late Leonard B. and Violet Mae (Worthen) VanFleet.
He was a member of New Hope Church in Naples, Fla. and the Bellevue Alliance Church in Bellevue. He was a Sunday school teacher, involved with the Fish and Loaves, and conducted numerous Bible studies with children since 1974. He had spent two years in the mission field in Haiti. He volunteered at the soup kitchen in Sandusky and as a Bellevue track timer.
He was very involved in Redmen sports. He was an avid fisherman and a licensed guide on Lake Erie. He loved gardening, reading, and was dedicated to people and their needs. He loved his children and grandchildren.
He worked for the Nickel Plate/Norfolk & Southern Railroad for more than 42 years, retiring in 1998. He also was a charter boat captain on his boat, Amazing Grace, on Lake Erie.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Velliquette) VanFleet, whom he married June 21, 1958; children, Kim (Darryl) More of Norwalk and Kip (Jill) VanFleet of Bellevue; seven grandchildren; and a brother, Lynn (Marlene) VanFleet of Clyde.
He was preceded in death by siblings, Doris Tea, Winifred Boyer, Mary Ida VanFleet, Edwin VanFleet, Louis VanFleet, John VanFleet, Vernon VanFleet and Robert VanFleet.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Auxter Funeral Home in Bellevue, where services will take place at 9:30 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Dwight Powell and pastor Mike Boyes officiating. Burial will follow in Bellevue City Cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the Fish & Loaves or Cancer Services of Erie County, 912 Perry Street, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
Online condolences may be made at auxterfuneralhomes.com.