September 21, 1931 – March 12, 2018
Jim Allen VanDyke, 86, of Odessa, Texas passed away on March 12, 2018.
Jim was born in Richlands, Virginia on September 21, 1931, to Gallie Friend and Ada Mae VanDyke. He attended Honaker High School and continued on to receive training and certification in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force.
Jim had a career starting in the Army Air Corps, subsequently the United States Air Force, providing logistics support to various aircraft as a mechanic, crew chief and maintenance controller. During an assignment to the United Kingdom, Jim met and married Pamela Evelyn Austin on February 29, 1953; they were married 66 years. Jim said that she was the best souvenir he could have brought back from Europe.
He retired from the United States Air Force after serving 20 years, 6 months and 2 days (but who’s counting). He had a second career with the US Postal Service and retired in Springfield, Ohio after 20 years of faithful service. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of the American Legion.
Jim is survived by his wife Pamela, son Michael (Carolyn), daughter Donna VanDyke Ericson (Mark), and grandsons Seth and Miles.
A graveside service will be held at 2PM Friday, March 16th at Evergreen Cemetery in Stanton, Texas.
- Jim is survived by his wife Pamela, son Michael (Carolyn), daughter Donna VanDyke Ericson (Mark), and grandsons Seth and Miles.
- Graveside Service Friday, March 16, 2018
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Gabrielle White (nee Austin)
April 29, 2018
Uncle Jim will be remembered by me when he was in England from when he used to visit the High Wycombe home of our Uncle Ron (the brother of his wife Pam) and Auntie Rick. To us young Brits he was 'Auntie Pam's man' and a lasting memory I have of Uncle Jim would be seeing him sat down, cross legged smoking and dropping his cigarette ash in to his trouser turn-ups. Genius! At the time of writing this, it is comforting to know that Uncle Jim and Auntie Pam are together as they should be, and our thoughts of love go to them both and to their family' From Uncle Jims relatives in England: Gabrielle White (nee Austin), Devon , England and Therese Allen (nee Austin), North Yorkshire, England.
March 16, 2018
Remember, that each tear that you shed is a tribute to your love for your dad. Eventually, the tears will come less and less, but your love will always remain.
Sending you love and strength from Colorado,
March 16, 2018
I met Jim in 1963 at a used car lot near Page Manor WPAFB when he sold me a 1958 VW Beatle. At that time we discovered that we grew up in the same area of Russell County in VA. We remained close until I was reassigned to Japan in 1965. After moving back to southwest Va in 1981, Tom VanDyke kept me updated on Jim. I had the opportunity to visit with Jim and Pam in 2010 during a trip through Dayton. I remember Jim as a “Good Ole Country Boy” who never forgot his roots.
You have my deepest condolences. My God bless you and provide you peace and comfort during this difficult time.
March 15, 2018
I am deeply saddened by your loss. Mr. Van Dyke was a wonderful, generous and witty man. I loved his dry sense of humor. I got to know him the best during our car rides in the summer of 1986. He picked me up everyday for summer school when Donna and I took Health and PE. Those were fun rides...for us, but I think he enjoyed them as well. I got to know him even better over the next 20 plus years. I always enjoyed being around him. He was so kind and always made me laugh. He will be missed by many and will always hold a special place in my heart.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
With much love,
- An Irish Blessing
May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon you face
May the rains fall soft upon your fields
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.