WANTAGE - Gabriel Alfred Yanvary, 85, died peacefully at Saint Clare's Hospital, Sussex, on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Born to Gabor and Helen Yanvary in Lorain, Ohio, he was raised in Franklin and then lived in Sparta and the Villages in Lady Lake, Fla., before moving to Wantage Township in 1998.
Mr. Yanvary left high school and entered the United States Navy
during World War II
and then graduated from Franklin High School. He then worked for Reaction Motors in Denville, assisting the team of engineers that developed and supported the jet engine that broke the sound barrier, retiring from there in 1968. He then returned to the area and was the owner and operator of the Sears Catalog Store in Sussex as well as the Sussex Dairy Queen before retiring in 1987. He was a member of Wallkill Valley VFW
Post 8441 and the America Legion. He earned his pilot's license and enjoyed building model planes as well flying planes claiming Sussex Airport his home airport. He was a master on the BBQ, an accomplished homebuilder, woodworker and clockmaker and enjoyed trout fishing on the Wallkill.
Mr. Yanvary was predeceased by a sister, Lillian Yull, and was the beloved husband for 66 years of Elizabeth C. Yanvary (Romyns), of Wantage. Devoted father of William C. Yanvary, of Wantage; Patti Van Engelen, of Sussex; and Robert J. Yanvary and his wife, Mary, of Hardwick. Loving grandfather of Kristen L. Balunas and her husband, Drew, and Jessica F. Campbell. Great-grandfather of Alexander and Dylan Balunas and Christopher J. Campbell.
The family will receive their friends at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin, on Saturday, May 11, from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Funeral service to follow at 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Cremation is private.
Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers to the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 33 Edsall Drive, Sussex, N.J. 07461 would be appreciated. Information and condolences can be found at www.fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com