OBITUARY

Harold Daniel Vote Jr.

February 6, 1945February 12, 2021
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Harold Daniel “De De” Vote, Jr., 76, of Evansville, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021. He was born on February 6, 1945 to Harold and Annabelle (Barclay) Vote.

He retired from Mead Johnson/Bristol Myers-Squibb after 38 years as a lab tech. After retirement, he worked security at Indiana Downs, in the fishing department at Gander Mountain when they first opened, Buck and Jakes, and American Legacy Fishing Company. Harold was a proud member of the Bosse Class of ’63 and helped plan the class reunions and birthday parties. He attended all of them. He attended the University of Evansville where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Harold also took classes at the University of Southern Indiana. During his retirement, he would join friends for lunch at the Stockwell Inn on Mondays and Fridays. He could often be found in his workshop working on some project.

Harold was a lifelong fisherman, who continually challenged his abilities by hooking and breaking off as many fish species as he could. He went to Baldwin, MI each year, for 30 years, to catch salmon with his brother-in-law, Charles Thomas. Harold and Charles enjoyed many fishing adventures in Florida, especially Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Harold is survived by his wife of 53 years, Charlene (Thomas) Vote; daughter, Terri Ethington (Jim); son, Daniel Thomas Vote; sister, Patricia Ann Gill (Louis); brothers, Robert Barclay Vote (Janice) and William Scott Vote (Darla); uncle, Lyndsey L. Barclay; aunt, Sue (Barclay) Ryan; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 at Alexander East Chapel with burial to follow at Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Harold’s funeral service will be livestreamed on Saturday beginning at 12:45 p.m., please use the following link www.Facebook.com/FuneralStreamUSA.

Memorial contributions can be made to Wesselman Nature Center, 551 North Boeke Road, Evansville, Indiana 47711, C.A.S.T for Kids Foundation, 2755 Commercial Street SE, Suite 101, Salem, Oregon 97302 www.castforkids.org, or to the charity of your choice.

  • FAMILY

  • Charlene (Thomas) Vote, Wife
  • Terri Ethington (Jim), Daughter
  • Daniel Thomas Vote, Son
  • Patricia Ann Gill (Louis), Sister
  • Robert Barclay Vote (Janice), Brother
  • William Scott Vote (Darla), Brother
  • Lyndsey L. Barclay, Uncle
  • Sue (Barclay) Ryan, Aunt
  • Harold Daniel Vote, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Annabelle (Barclay) Vote, Mother (deceased)
  • Harold also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews to cherish his memory.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, February 20, 2021

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Mary Mooney

February 20, 2021

Charlene, Dan and I were saddened to hear about DeDe. He was a ray of sunshine. Full of stories and always a smile. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Mary and Dan.

Carita Brown

February 20, 2021

Thoughts and prayers from Aunt Carita and Family

Dave Straeffer

February 19, 2021

To Dee Dee family, He was a one of a kind and great person to associate with, always had smile on is face and mind pulling a prank or two. I was in the Dexter class of '59' and a brief stay at Bosse and I also knew him at Bristol Myers/ Mead Johnson. Rest in peace my friend. You were one of a kind.
Dave Straeffer

Pat Reister

February 19, 2021

Dear D.D. Vote Family, I would like to offer you my condolences in the loss of your husband, father, and family member. I am Pat Reister, residing in Richmond, KY and I was able to see D.D.'s obituary.
D.D. and I only knew each other way back in 1956 and 1957 when we were across the street neighbors on Dexter Avenue there in Evansville. We were 2 young boys who played most days after school. We had many adventures in the woods, in garage workshops, and spent many hours trying to get our tin can, button, and string telephones to work. I believe we were the original "Can you hear me now?" guys. Bless his heart I see where, like me, his adventurous spirit and projects in his workshop stayed with him. Good for him, and good for you. His life was wonderfully well lived and I know you miss him desperately. Please feel Grace and Peace in knowing that he is now in his heavenly reward. God bless you.

Ryan Gill

February 19, 2021

Uncle DeDe was a kind and generous man, a sportsman and a tool lover. I remember when he came to Texas for a fishing trip and he let me tag along with him. We practically filled the boat with fish that day. There were evenings during Christmas time where we would sit around and talk about tools, cars and guy stuff. I still use some of the tools he gave me over 30 years ago and will remember him when I do. I miss you Uncle DeDe.

Jean Webb

February 18, 2021

Harold was a great co-worker. He was kind, and welcoming. He freely shared his knowledge and experience. So sorry to his family. It's a huge loss. Prayers.

Barbara Fowler Beadle

February 18, 2021

So many good memories of DeDe, at Bosse and our many subsequent years of planning for reunions and birthday parties. We always said we had as much fun planning as we did attending the event! My heart goes out to Charlene and family, praying for you all. We will miss this great guy.

Alan Gumberts

February 18, 2021

Harold was a super good guy who always had a smile on his face and in his heart. He was a good person inside and out!! He got those traits from his Mom and Dad!
Harold, DeDe, always enjoyed life to its fullest.
I always enjoyed talking with him at reunions. He was Mr. Mead Johnson as he truly spoke highly of his job and company.
Retirement and fishing he always had a fish story.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Charlene, his children and all of his family.

Al Gumberts

Loren Whiteside

February 18, 2021

I had never had a nickname until Uncle DeDe gave me one. I didn’t always love it but it was special and he was the only one who called me by it. I can still hear him saying it. He never called me Loren. Always Lornen.

He also drove all the way to TX with a raging case of shingles so he could be at my wedding. I had no idea he didn’t feel well until they had gone back home. He was such a trooper that whole weekend and didn’t want his situation to ruin my weekend. That’s just the kind of man he was. Putting others first. He will be missed.

Elizabeth Whiteside

February 18, 2021

Great Uncle DeDe was a fantastic woodworker and schemed with my grandmother Mimi (Patricia) to craft a beautiful wardrobe and table and chairs set for my dolls Kit and Clara. I adored these and I know my dolls did too.

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Biography

Harold Daniel “De De” Vote, Jr., 76, of Evansville, passed away on Friday, February 12, 2021. He was born on February 6, 1945 to Harold and Annabelle (Barclay) Vote.

He retired from Mead Johnson/Bristol Myers-Squibb after 38 years as a lab tech. After retirement, he worked security at Indiana Downs, in the fishing department at Gander Mountain when they first opened, Buck and Jakes, and American Legacy Fishing Company. Harold was a proud member of the Bosse Class of ’63 and helped plan the class reunions and birthday parties. He attended all of them. He attended the University of Evansville where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Harold also took classes at the University of Southern Indiana. During his retirement, he would join friends for lunch at the Stockwell Inn on Mondays and Fridays. He could often be found in his workshop working on some project.

Harold was a lifelong fisherman, who continually challenged his abilities by hooking and breaking off as many fish species as he could. He went to Baldwin, MI each year, for 30 years, to catch salmon with his brother-in-law, Charles Thomas. Harold and Charles enjoyed many fishing adventures in Florida, especially Islamorada in the Florida Keys.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Harold is survived by his wife of 53 years, Charlene (Thomas) Vote; daughter, Terri Ethington (Jim); son, Daniel Thomas Vote; sister, Patricia Ann Gill (Louis); brothers, Robert Barclay Vote (Janice) and William Scott Vote (Darla); uncle, Lyndsey L. Barclay; aunt, Sue (Barclay) Ryan; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 at Alexander East Chapel with burial to follow at Park Lawn Cemetery. Friends may visit from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. Harold’s funeral service will be livestreamed on Saturday beginning at 12:45 p.m., please use the following link www.Facebook.com/FuneralStreamUSA.

Memorial contributions can be made to Wesselman Nature Center, 551 North Boeke Road, Evansville, Indiana 47711, C.A.S.T for Kids Foundation, 2755 Commercial Street SE, Suite 101, Salem, Oregon 97302 www.castforkids.org, or to the charity of your choice.