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Peter Van Elswyk Jr.

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WANTAGE -- Peter Van Elswyk Jr., 77, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 27, 2014, at his residence in Lake Neepaulin.

Peter was born on Feb. 17, 1937, in Ridgewood to the late Peter and Elizabeth (Bickerstaff) Van Elswyk and had lived in Sussex County most of his life. Peter graduated from Frankford Township School and attended Newton High School.

Growing up, Peter worked on his family’s farm and drove for their milk pick-up and delivery business. As a young adult, he worked as a diesel mechanic at Mack Trucks in Paterson, Dunn Trucking and Dunn and Dunn Well Drilling in Sussex, and then as a shop foreman at Great Dane Trailer Sales in Florida, N.Y.

A self-taught auctioneer, he spent much of his adult life as an auctioneer at Tyrell and Sons Auction in Bullville, N.Y., where he sold horses and tack every other weekend and cars and livestock on alternating Wednesday nights. He also owned and operated Pete Van Elswyk Auction Service. He never lost his desire for farming and operated a custom farming business, Sussex Farm Service. He was a project manager for Richard L. Dunn Excavating and oversaw projects such as North Field Estates and Wantage Estates.

He also operated a small dairy until he retired from farming and became a motor coach driver. As a tour bus driver he drove for Leprechaun Lines, Wagner Tours and Aristocrat Limousine and Bus Co., touring mainly Canada, Branson, Nashville and throughout the East Coast, driving 1 million trouble-free miles before retiring. In his retirement, he operated a small tool business at Hackettstown Livestock Market for many years.

He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Van Elswyk, and stepmother, Gertrude Van Elswyk (Van den Bush). He is survived by his son, Michael and his wife, Cindy, of Fredon and their children, Mike Jr. of Fredon and Taylor, and her daughter, Scarlett of Sparta; his daughter, Mary Mac Gregor and her husband, Bill, of Longmont, Colo.; stepson Joseph Guilmette of Saugatuck, Mich., and his children, Jaqueline of Pine Island, N.Y., and Alexandria of Holland, Mich.; and his nephew, Bruce Shuart, and niece, Jennifer McCarthy, and their families, of Wantage.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at the Lafayette Federated Church, 180 State Route 15, Lafayette. Interment will immediately follow at George Washington Memorial Park, Paramus.

Friends may pay their respects to the family on Wednesday, July 2, from 2 to 4 and 7 to9 p.m. at the Pinkel Funeral Home, 31 Bank St. (Route 23), Sussex.

Memorial donations may be made to the Sussex Help Center, 28 Main St., Sussex, N.J. 07461. Online condolences may be made to the family at

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Pinkel Funeral Home
31 Bank Street Sussex, NJ 07461
(973) 875-3272
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Published in The New Jersey Herald on June 29, 2014
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