In memory of
LARRY 'RED' VANDYKE SR. LIMA — Larry S. VanDyke Sr. "Red", 71, passed away at 11:22 pm October 12, 2016, at his residence. He was born December 11, 1944 in Lima to Chesney M. and Elsie (Boop) Van Dyke who preceded him in death. He married the Love of his Life Nancy Lane on November 14, 1964. Next month they would have celebrated their 52nd anniversary. God blessed them with 4 Sons, Richard (Lucretia) VanDyke of Lima, Larry VanDyke Jr. of Lima, and Brian (Heather) VanDyke of Elkins, WV, one infant Son David Wayne that preceded him in death; a Daughter, Yolanda (Mike) Maxwell of Lima; 6 Grandchildren - TeLea (Bill) McKissick, Latia (Joey) VanDyke, Courtney (Kodee) VanDyke, Dallas (Zach) Maxwell, and Dalton and Dillan Maxwell; 7 Great-Grandchildren. Red loved all of his family, a Brother, William VanDyke of Edington, IN; 2 Sisters, Cheryl Davidson and Melanie VanDyke of IN; a Sister-in-law, Lorrinda VanDyke of IN. A Brother, Chesney VanDyke and a Sister-in-law, Pam VanDyke preceded him in death. Red drove for Scot Lad - Roundys-NashFinch for 27 years. After retirement he drove for Able Towing for 3 years. Red never knew a stranger, he always said a stranger is someone you haven't met. He loved to talk, especially about his God and family, and always had a smile and a kind word. He graduated from Harlan School in Indiana Class of 1964. He served in the US Navy during Vietnam 1964 - 1967. Red attended First Church of the Nazarene where he taught 5th and 6th grade Sunday School for many years and was a Sunday School Superintendent for 2 years. He loved his God, church, and Tuesday Bible Study. He started with Transport for Christ this year and loved the ministry and talking with other truckers. He loved mowing his grass: and his Granddaughter Dallas said he is probably mowing grass in Heaven and making it the best looking ever. One of his greatest joys in life was watching each and every one of his Grandchildren in the local Soap Box Derby and sometimes qualifying for the All-American National Derby in Akron. Now his Great-Grandchildren have begun to participate in the tradition. Friends may call from 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm Sunday at CHILES-LAMAN FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES SHAWNEE CHAPEL and 1 hour prior to services at 11:00 am Monday at First Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Dan Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in Shawnee Cemetery. Military honors will be conducted by VFW Post 1275 and the US Navy. Memorial contributions may be made to SON Lunch Ministries at First Church of the Nazarene. Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com
View Full Obituary ›
Express Your Condolences By Sending Funeral Flowers.
All arrangements are locally delivered to Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services by a local Lima, OH florist.