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James Forrester "Dyke" VanDyke

Born: Fri., Dec. 27, 1912
Died: Mon., Apr. 8, 2013

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James Forrester "Dyke" VanDyke, 100, of Buffalo Twp. passed away peacefully at his home with his wife by his side at 5:00 am Monday, April 8th, 20013

James was born in South Buffalo Twp., on December 27, 1912, He was the son of the late Mamie (Forrester) and James M. VanDyke. Dyke was a 1932 Graduate of Freeport High School and was a lifetime member of Freeport United Methodist Church. He served in the US Marines as a Master Technical Sergeant in the Asiatic-Pacific area during WW II.

He worked as a Electrician at Gulf Research and Development Harmer, PA. Jim had also worked at Hoffman Auto Parts, Pittsburgh Corning Corp. and had been the Tax Collector in Buffalo Twp. for many years. He was a member of the Saxonburg American Legion and a past member of the Saxonburg Vol. Fire Dept. In their younger years he and his wife enjoyed traveling and camping. Dyke had been an avid hunter and has always been very active in his church. He was a master at fixing things and making them better than when they were new. He loved fixing old tractors and enjoyed doing his yard work.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Grace B. (Bartoe) VanDyke. His niece Evelyn Booth of Gibsonia. 4 nephews, John Booth of San Antonio, TX, DeWayne (June) Johnston of Butler, Jerry (Denise) Johnston of Butler and Kevin (Donna) Bartoe of Byron GA. and many great nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by his very close friends, Bill and Jane Roth of Valencia and Carolyn Fennell of Buffalo Twp and many other loyal friends too numerious to mention.

Family and friends will be received on Thursday April 11th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.. in the Redmond Funeral Home Inc. 524 High St. Freeport

Public visitation will continue from 12:00 until the time of the funeral service at 1:00 p.m. at the Freeport United Methodist Church, 211 4th St. in Freeport on Friday, April 12th, with Rev. Edd Myers officiating. Burial service with military honors will be held in Greenwood Memorial Park, New Kensington, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to;
Freeport United Methodist Church 211 4th St. Freeport, PA 16229 or VNA Hospice, 154 Hindman Rd., Butler, PA 16001
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Paul White

Dear Mrs. Van Dyke,

How sad I am to read of Dyke's passing. What a special man you had as a husband for so many years together. I am so happy that Dyke was able to celebrate his milestone birthday, and that I was fortunate enough to have know him.

We thank James Forrester VanDyke for his service to our country as a part of "The Greatest Generation" in WW II. Take comfort, Mrs. VanDyke, in the fond memories you must have of many years together. May Dyke be richly rewarded in Heaven, and may he rest in His eternal kingdom for ever.


Paul White

Sarasota, FL

Deb (McQueen) Ramage

I have fond memories of Forrester always the dapper usher at Freeport Methodist Church when I was growing up in the 50's and 60's. What a wonderful couple he and his beautiful wife Grace were. God bless you Grace. Forrester, you will be missed BUT heaven is rejoicing right now!!

Carol Rowley

My condolences to Grace and family. Forrester will be missed.


I was very sorry to hear of Uncle Dyke's passing. I'll always remember all his kindnesses and everything he did to help us.

Dan and Anne Balint

What a sad day when we heard Forrester had passed on .... sad for us, but oh, what a glorious time for him! His humor and fortitude were an inspiration to both of us! God bless you all!

Jerry Johnston

Uncle Dyke was as good a man as I've known and if he and Uncle Bill Bartoe are not in Heaven then no one is there

roger and vivian weaver

I have always loved uncle dyke as my 'almost dad'. that is a long story that is forever in my heart. aunt grace - I have a huge hug ready for you. to all your wonderful neices and nephews - my heart goes out to you.

Paul and Mary Jane Kelly

Grace, Sorry for your loss. we are traveling home from our winter in FL> Our prayers are with you.

Donna Waltenbaugh and Family

Grace: We are so sorry for your loss . We still remember the "beautiful couple" when we attended Freeport United Methodist Church. You and Forrester.

Then and Always.

With deepest sympathy ,

The Howard Waltenbaugh family

Gene and Alice Deal

Grace and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you for these special days of remembrance of Jim's time on earth.

We are looking forward to seeing Jim again in heaven knowing the time ensueing before that visit

won't be nearly as long as the time since our last visit in Sarver in 1978. We are sorry we could not have lived closer.

Grace, thank you so much for keeping in touch through the years with your cards and letters.

May God's grace and closeness be felt by each of you during this and coming days.

Gene and Alice Deal

Tulelake, CA 96134

the Vollwilers- Ellie, Louise and Eduardo, Linda and D

We will always cherish our memories of Dyke's affable humor, mischievious tales, and youth betraying his years. Our prayers go out to Grace, Evelyn, the rest of the family, and all those who will feel his abscence in their daily lives. Love, the Vollwilers

Larry and Judy DeBerry

Dear Mrs. VanDyke, Our Deepest and most Sincere Sympathy for your loss.

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