Alice Rhea Van Dyke

Van Dyke Alice Rhea Van Dyke, 76, of Sunbury, passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at her son's residence. She was born January 24, 1938, in Richlands, Virginia, to the late Edwin Wiley and Mabel Irene (Combs) Clarke. After graduating from Richlands High School, Alice married the love of her life, Edgar L. Van Dyke Sr., on October 3, 1959. In her younger years, she served as a pilot in the Virginia Civil Air Patrol. She truly enjoyed fishing and even taught her husband how to fly fish. She was a longtime member of the Child Conservation League (CCL). Unselfish in everything she did, Alice was a caring and giving person. When she wasn't volunteering at her sons' school she was serving as a scout leader or volunteering her time and talents to others. A gifted craftswoman, Alice often made gifts for friends and family. She is also survived by her loving husband of nearly 55 years, Ed Van Dyke, Sr. of Sunbury; son, Richard (Tina) Van Dyke of Centerburg; grandchildren: Ashley, Shaun, Erin, Ainee, Ethan, Evan and Alyssa Van Dyke; sisters, Lynnda Clarke Henderson of Kingsport, TN; Gail Clarke Cave of Bushnell, FL; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Edgar L. "Eddie" Van Dyke Jr. Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the DeVORE-SNYDER FUNERAL HOME, SR's 3 at 61, Sunbury, where service will follow Monday at 11 a.m. with Chaplain Irene Scaramazza officiating. Interment will follow in Trenton Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Walnut Friends Who Share, 216 High St., Sunbury, OH 43074 or , 5555 Frantz Rd., Dublin, OH 43017. The family wishes to extend their sincerest gratitude to the staff of Acclaim Hospice for their compassion shown to Alice in her final days (especially Donna, Sharon and the rest of the Hospice nurses). Special thanks to the on-going spiritual guidance from Krisy Britenstine. Condolences may be expressed at

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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 30, 2014