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
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the
American Cancer Society.
Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio - March 6,