Charles W. VanVliet
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Charles W. VanVliet passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 at the Arnold Walter Nursing Home, Hazlet. He was the son of Gladys Hopping VanVliet and William VanVliet. He was born in 1917 and raised in Shrewsbury and educated in local schools. Charlie was a Sergeant in the Army during WW2 serving in Europe. He was employed at Reilly Oldsmobile, Westfield for 22 years. He was present in Lakewood at the scene of the Hindenburg Zeppelin crash. He continued to have a lasting interest in planes & flying, as well as bowling and auto-racing. He loved salt-water fishing and boating and built several small wooden boats in his workshop. For many years he was a fixture at Peter Pauls boatyard on the Navesink. A dedicated Beagle Hound owner he was often seen walking his dogs along River Road.
Predeceased by his parents and his wife, Marie Winans VanVliet, he is survived by his sons, David Hopping VanVliet of Sea Bright, Peter W. VanVliet, grandson Timothy VanVliet of Branchburg and brother, Frederick VanVliet of Owensboro, KY. A congregant of All Saints Episcopal Church, (Stone Church) Navesink and was a mainstay of the Parish House coffee hour on Sundays.
Condolences may be sent to the Posten's Funeral Home, Atlantic Highlands. No services are planned at this time.
Published in Asbury Park Press on Feb. 26, 2013