Billy E. VanGilder Jr.

Billy E. Van Gilder, Jr.

Billy E. Van Gilder, Jr. age 55, of West Lafayette, passed away at 8:27 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at St. Elizabeth East Hospital. Born January 5, 1958 in Ashtabula, Ohio, he was the son of Billy E. Van Gilder, Sr. and Lonnie (Hamilton) Van Gilder of Ashtabula, OH. Billy graduated from Ashtabula High School and attended Kent State University and the Erie Institute of Technology. He honorably served in the U.S. Marine Corp. from 1976 to 1978.

He worked as an electrician for IBEW Local 668. He loved watching sports, especially horseracing and football. He loved his grandchildren.

Surviving with his parents are his children, Stephanie Blenman (husband, Michael) of Ashtabula, OH and Kyle Van Gilder (fiancé, Ashley Henderson) of West Lafayette; three sisters, Cathy Capone (husband, Tom) of Youngstown, OH, Brenda Jerauld (husband, Gary) of North Kingsville, OH, and Kelly Kern (husband, Dave) of Jefferson, IN; four grandchildren, Tyler and Makayla Blenman and Karston and Hayden Van Gilder, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother Kenny Van Gilder.

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Published in the Journal & Courier from July 1 to July 2, 2013