Harold "Van" VanEtten Every
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Salt Point - Harold went to be with the Lord and joined his wife in heaven on February 21st, 2013 after a short battle with cancer. He lived at Netherwood Rd. for over 50 years, the last 5 months with his daughters, Sue & Marilyn, looking after him.
Van was the son of Harold and Anna (Winchell) Every. He was born at home, April 15, 1925 in Kingston N.Y. He grew up in the Rochdale and Pleasant Valley, NY areas. He met his wife Mary D'Auria in 1946 and they married in the Washington St. Methodist Church, Poughkeepsie, NY on October 2, 1948.
He is survived by 3 daughters, Joan Clay of Flatwoods, WV, Susan (and her husband Mike) Williams of Clermont, NY and Marilyn (and her husband Alan) Bradford of Salt Point, NY.
He is also survived by 18 grandchildren: Lynn Post, Danny Post, Amy (Post) Perkins, Lisa (Williams) Lounder, Micaiah & Hosannah Williams, Jacob, Jesse, James, Michael, Samuel, Joshua & Jeremiah Williams, Daniel, Anna, Rebekah, Leah & Moriah Bradford.
Also 11 great grandchildren, Tyler Scott, Kaiden, Zachary & Breanna Perkins, Hannah Lounder, Adrian Williams, Madison Williams, Basil Williams, Theo Post, Danny & Robin Post.
Also survived by his brother, Roger Every, sister-in-laws, Anne Satterfield & Beverly Every and many nieces and nephews.
Van attended Traver Road Elementary School in Pleasant Valley, NY and graduated from Arlington High School on Dutchess Turnpike, NY in June 1943.
Van was a Corporal in the United States Army, 1945-1946 and was trained as a Medical Technician. He served in Fort Dix, N.J. in a medical clinic on the base and was later sent to Fort McClellan, AL for infantry training and to Camp Stoneman, CA. for a short time. He was discharged from the army with a large number of men at McClellan Air Force base near Sacramento, CA. due to a peace time policy.
He worked for the Diamond Wholesale Paper Company, located on North Cherry Street, Poughkeepsie, NY.
He joined the Army Reserves and was recalled to active duty 1950- 1951 and was sent to an 8 week refresher course at the army medical training center base in Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX. Then he was sent to William Beaumont Army Hospital Fort Bliss, El Paso TX. And was assigned to general medical ward duty.
After returning home and to his previous work at the wholesale paper company. He took the civil service exam and started working for the United States Post Service as a letter carrier. He was in the Poughkeepsie Post Office, Brickyard Hill, Arlington branch , Millbrook and then the Hyde Park Post Office for several years. Retiring in April 1985.
He conducted a self employed locksmith business for several years. 1967-2004
He was a member of Netherwood Baptist Church for over 50 years, and was the Church and Cemetery Historian. He was a member of the Pleasant Valley American Legion Post 739 and the Clinton Corners Historical Society, Pleasant Valley Historical Society and the Ulster County Historical Society. In 1957 he and his buddy Leon "Whitey" White coached for the Rochdale Civic Little League, Rochdale, NY and the Hyde Park Girls Softball (while his daughter Joan played on the team in 1965).
He loved antique cars and always had some around to either fix up or show at car shows.
He enjoyed bee keeping and raising sheep. Wherever he went, he talked to just about everyone, strangers or not. He always joked with everyone as well.
He was predeceased by his wife Mary, March 26th, 2006 and his brothers Zane(1979) and Reese Every (1996) and two grandsons Simeon(1995) and Isaac Williams(2007).
Donations may be made to Brenna's Home, 3 Albert Drive Poughkeepsie, NY, which supports an orphange in the Ukraine.
Calling hours are Sunday, February 24, 2013, 4 to 8 pm at the Netherwood Baptist Church, 1211 Netherwood Rd., Salt Point.
Funeral Services Monday, February 25th 11 am at the church. Pastor Elizabeth Travis-Clarkson officiating.
He will be laid to rest with Military Honors in the Netherwood Church Cemetery, Netherwood Road, Salt Point, next to his wife Mary.
Arrangements under the directions of Sweet's Funeral Home.
To send a condolence or for directions, please visit www.sweetsfuneralhome.com.
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24, 2013