Donald A. VanMeter

GLEN ROCK Donald “Van“ A. VanMeter, Sr., 87, died 2:35 am Tuesday, February 25, 2003, at the Barbara J. Egan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Shrewsbury. He was the husband of the late Kathryn A. (Roser) VanMeter. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday at the Geiple Funeral Home, Inc., 53 Main St., Glen Rock. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery. A viewing will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Officiating at the service will be his pastor the Rev. Elizabeth Polanzke. Mr. VanMeter was born on March 9, 1915 in Everson, Fayette Co. and was a son of the late William and Ada (Smith) VanMeter. Active with the Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Fire Company, he was the oldest still active member, becoming a member Dec. 11, 1942. He served as Secretary for many years and was 1st Assistant Chief in 1950-51. He had also served as Vice President, Trustee, Chief Hose Director and Chief Nozzleman and on other committees. He was elected Life Membership in 1969 and was awarded the Fire Company Meritorious Service Award in 2001. He was a member of the York County Fire Fighters Association since 1944, serving as president of the organization in 1964-65 and was active with the former Glen Rock Lions Club Ambulance for over 20 years. He and his late wife were the co-recipients of the Austin L. Grove American Legion Post #403 Good Citizenship Award in 1979. He retired as a Tool and Die Maker from the former AMP, Inc., LaRue Plant. Prior to that he worked at the former American Insulator Company, New Freedom and had been a member of the Civil Conservation Corps in the 1930's, serving at camps in Port Matilda, Hammersley Fork, Summerdale and Glen Rock and is known in the area for his wood carving of animals and other items. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Glen Rock, the White Rose Philatelic Collectors Club, York, and the Glen Rock Firemen's Relief Association. He leaves a daughter, Jane L. Rinehart of Orlando, Fla.; a son, Donald A. VanMeter, Jr. of Glen Rock; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandson. A daughter, Dorothy J. Spicer is deceased. Memorial contributions may be made to the Glen Rock Hose and Ladder Fire Company, P.O. Box 95, Glen Rock, PA. 17327.

From: The York Daily Record - York, Pennsylvania.   February 26, 2003.


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