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Russell Van Atta Jr.

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HARTVILLE, Ohio - Russell Van Atta Jr., 71, of Hartville, Ohio (for the past four years), formerly of Vernon, N.J. (for 32 years), passed away Wednesday Feb. 15, 2012.

Born May 11, 1940, in St. Petersburg, Fla., to the late Russell and Helen (DePue) Van Atta, he graduated from Franklin High School in New Jersey. Russ was an Army veteran. He retired as a teacher of industrial arts from Butler High School in New Jersey after 23 years of service. He enjoyed spending time with family, especially his grandchildren's activities, fishing and eagle watching.

Survived by his wife of 49 years, Claire (Beierle); sons and daughters-in-law, Garrett and Lee-Ann of Maine, Eric and Tamara of Washington; daughter and son-in-law, Michele and Mike Minor of Hartville; grandchildren, Mariel and Carolyn, Tony and Samantha, Zachary and Sydney; and sisters, Betty Jane (Herb) Groff of Washington and Awilda Vanderpile of New Jersey. Preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine Parks.

Funeral services are Friday, Feb. 24, at 11 a.m. at Frankford Plains United Methodist Church in Augusta, N.J., with the Rev. David Tillisch officiating. Final resting place is Frankford Plains Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the .

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Feb. 19, 2012
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