HARDYSTON - Miles T. Van Tassel Jr., 77, of Hardyston, died Monday, April 21, 2014, at Care One Madison in Morristown. Miles was born in Franklin on May 18, 1936, to the late Miles T. Van Tassel Sr. and Lona M. (Taylor) Van Tassel. Miles was a lifelong resident of the Franklin/Hardyston area. He was employed by the New Jersey Department of Transportation for 36 1/2 years, retiring in 1997. He was a 1955 graduate of Franklin High School. Miles was an outstanding high school basketball player. He was the first basketball player in Sussex County to score more than 1,000 points during his high school career. After high school, Miles enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served a three-year stint of which he was extremely proud. Miles was inducted into the Sussex County Sports Hall of Fames in 2010 for his accomplishments in basketball during his high school career. He was a member of the former Samaritan Masonic Lodge 98 F&AM. Miles was an avid New York Yankees, New York Giants and Notre Dame football fan. Miles was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Betty J. (Cooper) Van Tassel, June 12, 2013. He is survived by his children, Miles Van Tassel III and his wife, Laurie, of Vernon, Lori Van Tassel and her fiancé, Wayne, of Wantage, and Susan Olsen and her husband, James, of Lafayette; grandchildren, Alyssa and Erin Van Tassel and Taylor and Ryan Olsen; brothers, James Van Tassel and his wife, Virginia, of Franklin, and John Van Tassel and his wife, Brigitte, of Florida; and his sister, Bertha Canfield, of Pennsylvania. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 28, at F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main St., Franklin. Interment will follow at North Hardyston Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 27. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Miles' name to
, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929; or the Franklin Fire Department, 137 Buckwheat Road, Franklin, NJ 07416. For directions and online condolences, please see www.fjohnramseyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on Apr. 23, 2014