Blain R. Van Meter

Blain R. VanMeter, 68, of Sullivan, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, at his residence, surrounded by his loving family. Born November 17, 1943 in Mason, West Virginia, he was the son of Harry Richard and Charlotte Virginia (Duncan) VanMeter.

He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving from 1963 1967, and retired as a machinist following 41 years of service. He was a member of the Wellington American Legion Post #8 and the National Rifle Association. A nature lover, Blain enjoyed hunting, fishing, looking for arrowheads, making knives, leatherwork, photography and riding his motorcycle. He loved his dog and cat, but most important to him were his family.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra (Farmer) VanMeter; three daughters, Janine VanMeter of Berea, Dina VanMeter of San Francisco, California and Chantel VanMeter of Parma; a son, Kenneth Van Meter of North Pole, Alaska; a stepdaughter, Sherry Lynn England of Cincinnati; two step sons, Duane (Terri) England of Moresville, Indiana and Tim (Denise) England of Medina; two grandchildren, Breanna and Makayla; 10 step grandchildren, Brandon, Lashai, Latasha, Dominique, Kayla, Jeramie, Ciara, Amanda, Joshua and Sydney; one great granddaughter, Olivia; two step great-granddaughters, ALiyah and Braniya; four sisters, Marilyn (Jim) Fultineer of Oakfield, Maine, Karen (Fred) Hicks of Chippewa Lake, Pat Boesel of Lodi, and Elaine (Keith) Rue of Warner Robbins, Georgia; three brothers, Richard VanMeter of Phoenix, Arizona, Keith VanMeter of Wellington, and David VanMeter of Lodi; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucy Brown and Darlene VanMeter; and two brothers, Alfred and Dwight VanMeter.

Memorial graveside services will be held at 1 P.M., Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Sullivan Southview Cemetery. A celebration of life for family and friends will follow at the Wellington American Legion Post #8, St. Rt. 58, from 2 until 5 P.M.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.

From: The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio - March 6, 2012.

 

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