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Harry R. Van

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BENNINGTON -- Harry R. Van, 88, a resident of Bennington died Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, of natural causes at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Harry was cherished by all who new him and will be greatly missed.

He was born in Whitingham, June 27, 1918. He was the son of the late Charles Edward Van and Viola Francis Newell. As a young man, Harry attended Hicks grade school and received his high school diploma from Bennington High School. During this time Harry also worked on a few of the local farms.

In 1943, Harry was drafted for World War II. He was given an honorable discharge by the Army in 1946, after losing his hand while serving his country. While in the Army, Harry received many decorations and citations including; a Good Conduct Medal, an American Campaign Medal, a World War II Victory Medal, an American Campaign Medal, a World War II Victory Medal, and a European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal. After being discharged from the Army, Harry opened and operated Stewart’s Repair Shop with the late Ralph Stewart of Bennington. They operated the repair shop for many years until their retirement.

Harry enjoyed many things in life including his passion for motorcycles and traveling in his younger years, tending to his vegetable garden, challenging himself to a good crossword puzzle, and more than anything, spending time with his family and loved ones.

Along with his beloved wife Agnes Mae Mears Van of Bennington and his dog, Ginger. Harry is survived by his four children, Linda “Flakey” Shultz and her husband, John, of Shaftsbury, Carol Gates and her husband, Mickey, of Bennington, Debbie Allen and her husband, Terry, of Pownal and Gary Mears and his wife, Sandy, of White Creek, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren, Caedy Shultz of Bennington, Patty Shultz of Shaftsbury, Misti Granger of Dover, N.H., Sean Allen of Bennington, Jimmy Mears of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., Josh Mears of White Creek, N.Y., Jessica Mears, Denise Gates, Jennifer Gates, Lisa Gates and Michael Gates all of Bennington. Harry is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and several nephews. He was pre-deceased by a grandson, Scott Gates and two brothers, Albert and Lester Van.

The funeral will be held from the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at 10 a.m. The burial will take place in the family lot in Park Lawn Cemetery where full military honors will be offered. Taps will be provided by his granddaughter, Patty Shultz.

Friends may call at the Mahar & Son Funeral Home on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, from 4 to 7 p.m. when the family will be in attendance.

Contributions in memory of Harry R. Van may be made to either the Christian Children’s Fund or the Second Chance Animal Shelter through the office of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home 628 Main St. Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on Nov. 15, 2006
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