Tommy Joe "Tom" Van Dyke, age 67, of Marengo, died Wednesday morning, May 21, 2014, at his home surrounded by his large and loving family following a battle with cancer.
On April 18, 1947, Tom was born in Grundy, Virginia, the son of the late, Arthur Van Dyke and Ida (Hass) Van Dyke. As a family, they moved to Marengo, Ohio, in 1954, when he was 7 years old. He graduated from Highland High School in the Class of 1965.
Shortly following high school, Tom was drafted to serve in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He served in the artillery and as a cook.
Tom met the love of his life 41 years ago and they married on March 15, 1978, they have cherished their life together and shared many happy memories.
A jack of all trades, there wasn't anything Tom couldn't do. For many years Tom worked with Carroll Lewis Roofing Co.; drove tank truck for his brother Kenny; Tom and his father co-owned and ran Van Dyke & Son Insulation Company. Later, with his brother Darrell, they ran Van Dyke Construction Co. He also loved "tinkering" in his garage on the cars of his many family and friends, while they told stories of days gone by and vented about their daily frustrations.
Every year, Tom enjoyed planting a garden of vegetables, which he could hardly wait to eat. He also loved going mushroom hunting.
Having the gift of gab, Tom "never met a stranger" and by the end of the conversation they would always end up being good friends. He also had an ornery streak, and loved to get his family and friends worked up.
Tom was definitely a family man, who enjoyed every moment he spent with his wife, kids and grandkids, whether it be having a cook out, a bonfire, playing cards or just spending time together. He was their hero in every since of the word and they were his life.
A man of faith, Tom attended the New Testament Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Gilead.
Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Holly (Rockwell) Van Dyke of Marengo; three children: Hope Van Dyke-Young of Fredericktown, Tommy Joe "T. Joe" (Mandy) Van Dyke of Cardington, and Justin "Bubba" Van Dyke of Marengo; six grandchildren: Trent and Kailyn Sloan, Haven and Caden Van Dyke, and Gaven and Jayce Van Dyke; eight brothers and four sisters: Kenny (Sharon) Van Dyke of Cardington; Danny (Janet) Van Dyke, Darrell (Melissa) Van Dyke, of Fredericktown; Trisha (Steve) Roush of Mount Gilead; Penny Etue of Marengo; Gary Van Dyke of Marengo; Dale (Pat) Baker, Becky Welch, of Marion; Alan (Claudia) Baker of Marengo; David (Becky) Baker of Galion; Mike Baker, and June (Doug) Graham, of Cardington; his Step-Mother, Pat Van Dyke of Fulton; and oodles of nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, Tom was preceded in death by an infant grandson, Garrett Harris; a sister, Regina (Van Dyke) Wein and brother-in-law Ed Wein.
His family will greet friends from 2 – 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 24th, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating his life will follow there at 5:00 p.m. with Pastor William Kirk officiating. Burial with military honors provided by VFW Post 8054 and AmVets Post will follow in Butter Cemetery in Marengo.
Memorial contributions may be made to his family, and may be sent to the care of the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Tom's family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.