Joseph A. Van Houten, (PPA #233)

Joseph A. Van Houten, age 61 of Sunbury died early Thursday morning, March 6, 2008 at Mt. Carmel West.

He was born on May 16, 1946 in Hilliard to the late Arthur and Juanita Van Houten. A graduate of Hilliard High School in 1964, he wore number 43, playing half back on the football team and also ran track. He attended The Ohio State University and was a US Marine Corp veteran.

At the age of four he dreamed of becoming a pilot, saving his lunch money to attend flight school. He worked over 35 years for Lane Aviation in both the capacities of pilot and director of operations for the flight department.

He was a member of the Professional Pilots Association and attended Genoa Baptist Church. Joe enjoyed the races at Mid-Ohio and Indianapolis 500, hunting deer with his muzzle loader, a good cigar, a cold Budweiser, and reading the Dispatch

Kind spoken, a loyal friend, he was dedicated to his field. With many interests, he was mechanically inclined, enjoyed woodcrafts and football. He collected arrowheads, a collection spanning 5 family generations and was a wonderful father and husband.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years Beth (Riggs), son Joseph both of Sunbury and a brother John of Mt. Vernon.

Preceded in death by brother Al.

Friends may call Sunday 2-5 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR’s 3 at 61, Sunbury, where services will be held Monday 11:00 a.m., with Pastors Frank Carl and J R Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Berkshire Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Genoa Baptist Church.

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