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William M. Van Pelt, Sr.

Born: Sat., Jan. 25, 1936
Died: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Nov. 16, 2018
Location: LaRobardiere
Funeral Home, Inc.

Graveside Service

12:00 PM Sat., Nov. 17, 2018
Location: Forest Lawn Cemetery

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     William M. Van Pelt, Sr., Retired Air National Guard MSGT, 82 of Camden, NY passed away on Monday Nov 12, 2018 at The Grand at Rome where he had been a resident since March 2018. He was born in Camden, NY on January 25, 1936 a son of Merrill & Shirley Scales Van Pelt. Bill was a 1954 graduate of Camden High School and on Oct 23, 1958 he married the former Mary Brown in Camden, NY. Mrs. Van Pelt passed away January 12, 2016. Bill worked for his family owned, Van Pelt’s Garage and Stockholm Ford, Rome, NY and Jay’s Sales & Service, Camden, NY where he was a service technician before going fulltime with the Air National Guard. Bill enlisted in the Air National Guard in 1954 where he had his basic training at the former Sampson Air Force Base, Romulus, NY. He became a member of the 138th Tactical Fighter Squadron and then a member of the 174th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hancock Field in Syracuse, NY where he worked in the Weapons Control Systems Avionics Department. During his forty plus years of service he was deployed to many countries throughout the world. The Pueblo Crisis in Clovis, NM, Phalsbourg, France for the Berlin Crisis, Operation Desert Storm in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Operation Provide Comfort in Turkey. He had also been on many training deployments to Libya, Panama, Switzerland and the Azores along with many U.S. states like Florida, Wisconsin, Colorado and Vermont. He also received many commendations during his service time including, “Airman of the Quarter”. Upon retirement he spent his time with the Camden Rod and Gun Club where he became President, Membership Chairman and Lifetime member. He was also honored when the Camden Rod & Gun Club named their rifle range in honor of William M. Van Pelt, Sr., in appreciation of his many years of dedication to the club. Bill also served his community as a longtime member of the Village of Camden Planning Board, as member and historical contributor to the Queen Village Historical Society.

     Surviving are five sons, William M. Van Pelt, Jr., Tucson, AZ, Donelly A. & Patricia VanPelt, Darrell A. & Leslie Van Pelt, Camden, NY, Wendell J. & Erin Van Pelt, Anthem, AZ and Merrill R. Van Pelt, Camden, NY, 10 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, his ‘favorite’ sister, Sue & Harry Meneilly, Bernhard’s Bay, NY, one sister in law, Ruthie Allard, East Burke, VT and several nieces & nephews. Besides his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a son, Russell James Van Pelt, October 14, 1967.

    Calling hours will be held Friday from 4-7 pm at LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., 109 Main Street, Camden, NY with Graveside services to be held 12:00 noon Saturday at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Camden, NY. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Camden Rod & Gun Club or the Queen Village Historical Society .

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Catherine Mary McCann
   Posted Tue November 13, 2018
To the family of William Van Pelt, my heart felt condolences to everyone, he was a great man with passion to serve...John 3:16...

Gordon and Cynthia Baker
   Posted Tue November 13, 2018
We are so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. We hope that the love of your family and friends will comfort you and give you strength for the days to come.

Dan allard
   Posted Wed November 14, 2018
My family offers condolences at the loss of Uncle Bill. He will be remembered as a caring and loving father, uncle and friend. This family should remain proud of his military career and his accomplishments. We have lost a great man.

Dan Allard and family

Victoria & Paul Hinman
   Posted Wed November 14, 2018
So saddened to learn of Uncle Bill's passing. What a great dad, human and caring man is was. Proud of him for all his accomplishments in life. Prayers and our Blessing to the entire family.

Ted Mosley
   Posted Wed November 14, 2018
Bill was one of the best friends anyone could ask for at the 174th. I will miss him and his humor forever. RIP my friend.

Barbara Bacon
   Posted Thu November 15, 2018
To the Van Pelt family. Bill and I worked at the 174th. Bill was a very special person. He was one of the most compassionate and friendly people I know. Through him I got to know Mary and found she and I had much in common.
I spoke with him every Christmas until 2017 when I could not get in touch with him so knew something was wrong. I missed our conversations and cards.
Condolences and sympathy to all of the family and know, we now have a special angel looking down on us.
Sincere wishes and love to all. Barb
Rest in peace Bill. You are now with Mary, your son and daughter-in-law along with many friends and loved ones.

Bob Murfitt
   Posted Thu November 15, 2018
Great old Air Guard friend from 1954.We. were in France together

Dave Bordonaro
   Posted Thu November 15, 2018
As a young airman with the 174th TFW, Bill was a friend and mentor. He truly cared about everyone in the unit and had a great sense of humor. He was there for you every step of the way. He will be missed by all, but always remembered. My sympathy and prayers are with all the knew Bill.

Marlene Webb
   Posted Thu November 15, 2018
To The VanPelt Family: my deepest sympathy.

Don Marino (cousin)
   Posted Fri November 16, 2018
Bill, Donelly, Darrell, Wendell, Merrill and familly...my sincerest sympathies on the loss of your Dad. I know these last few years have been a struggle. I have many fond memories of your Mom and Dad growing up during my many visits to my Camden Grandparent's house. Also enjoyed visiting with them at the many Houghton/Brown family reunions in Long Lake. Sorry I can't be there...my prayers are with you.

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