Wm. David Van Amburg (1943 - 2017)

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William David Van Amburg, known to friends as Dave and DVA, died in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 16, 2017, following a period of declining health and cardiac arrest. He was 73. Van Amburg was born in Meadville, Pa., on May 22, 1943, and grew up there, graduating from Meadville High School. He served in the Air Force from 1963 to 1970. His military service revolved around electronics and was the start of his lifelong interest in technology and computers. Van Amburg came to Alaska first in 1969, with the Air Force, then settled in Fairbanks, where he worked for the University of Alaska. He left there to form Systronics, providing computer time sharing services to Fairbanks businesses. In 1980, Van Amburg moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he formed Van Amburg & Associates Inc. and offered computer services to Anchorage businesses. He sold Data General computers and provided programming and maintenance services. In 1980, he married Beverley Jane Kokjer. They settled in their home on Wentworth Street, where they lived until moving to New Mexico in the late 1990s. Van Amburg continued working in technology doing telephone installation in India. The Van Amburgs later moved to Tempe, Ariz., where he established A Vivid Impression and provided computer and web services to Tempe businesses. Van Amburg held a private pilot license and enjoyed flying his Cessna 206. He was a science fiction fan and had a large collection of books including many years of Analog and Asimov magazines. Van Amburg most of all was proud of his wife, Beverley, and his children, and enjoyed their successes in life. They, along with his many friends, will miss his support, encouragement and late night discussions. Van Amburg is survived by his wife, Beverley J. Van Amburg; his stepmother, Beatrice Bennett; and his sister, Jill Langford, all of Liberty Lake, Wash.; his brothers, Craig Van Amburg of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Bruce Van Amburg of Winter Park, Fla.; his children, William Alexander Van Amburg of Liberty Lake, Wash., Danae Cessna of Pine Top, Ariz., Joshua Kokjer of Tempe, Ariz., and Angela Kokjer-Nagle of Mallow, Ireland; and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Wm. Frederick Van Amburg; and his mother, Betty Bright Van Amburg. Memorial Services for Van Amburg were held in Tempe, Ariz., on Jan. 18, 2017. His remains will be spread over his favorite hilltop landing strip in Alaska. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any veteran's hospital in Dave's name. An informal celebration of life will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at 4 p.m. at the home of Ken Kokjer in Fairbanks. Contact Ken at 907-388-9252 for details.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from July 20 to July 21, 2017
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