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Forrest LeRoy Vreeland

February 24, 1943September 13, 2020

Forrest LeRoy “Skip” Vreeland February 24, 1943 – September 13, 2020

Skip Vreeland, 77 of Williamsburg VA formally of Hamburg NY, battled lung cancer for 4 years. He was born in Buffalo NY to Irma and Forrest Vreeland. Graduated from Orchard Park High School in 1961. Enlisted in Navy Reserve while still in high school, and then in 1962 enlisted in the Army. He served in the 101st Airborne as a Paratrooper until discharged in 1965.

He married Karen A. Yates on September 25, 1965 and worked in collision, and Collision shop manager in Hamburg NY. After moving to Virginia in 1990, he worked with Louke Construction until his retirement Forrest was active in King of Glory Church and built the altar/pulpit/communion rail for the new Church on Long Hill Rd.

Skip was preceded in death by his mother, father, and son Tobin. He is survived by his wife; son, James Todd (Anne); daughter, Tracey (Tim) Howard; 9 grandchildren, David Vreeland, Forrest Gregory O’Brien (Ashley), Patrick M O’Brien (Kelley), Sara Martin (Jeff), David O’Brien, Gina Vreeland, Cody Vreeland, Daniel O’Brien, and Grant Vreeland; and 2 great grandchildren, Olivia O’Brien, and Stella DelGuercio.

Skip loved boating, auto restoration, motorcycling, and barbershop singing. He traveled to Russia to teach the Russians the art of Barbershop singing. He was very involved with the boy’s scouts. He was a very talented man, and had built many houses including his first house in Hamburg, a family cottage off the grid in Ontario Canada, and a timber frame home in Williamsburg VA. He recently purchased a home in the Twim Palms Mobile Park in Lakeland Florida where he enjoyed many friends.

A visitation will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, September 18th at King of Glory Church on Long Hill Rd in Williamsburg, with a memorial service to follow at 3:00pm. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Williamsburg Hospice House or King of Glory New Kent.


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 18, 2020

  • Memorial Service

    Friday, September 18, 2020


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Sharon Feldman

September 18, 2020

The most recent memories I have of Skip were at Faith and Thad's wedding
in Kentucky and our Feldman family reunion in Hamburg NY. A wonderful man with a beautiful soul, a heartfelt smile and always something nice to say even when he wasn't feeling his best. Skip you will be missed! Love and prayers for the family.

Ken Cameron

September 14, 2020

Karen and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. Although we did not get to know Skip for long I felt a connection being you had a cottage in Ontario. Skip and you fit right in when you arrived at Twin Palms. May God ease your pain knowing that Skip is no longer suffering.

Pat and Ken Cameron

Joyce Barrow

September 14, 2020

Our sincere condolences to everyone, Skip was a one of a kind...He was the MAN. He was probably the most talented person we knew...he could do anything. He would generously share that knowledge with anyone who was interested. If something needed fixed, he was one to fix it. He was always there with a smile on his face and a joke for everything. So many times he was say something and I would say REALLY!! and he would are so easy...LOL I am thankful for all the time we were able to be with Skip and Karen.

donna De Francesco

September 13, 2020

We have so many fond memories of our dear friend Skip. I remember sitting around the camp fire at the top of the hill with Skip, Karen , Toby and John laughing and carrying on as usual. Also, the many countless hours we spent in “The Garage”. The pontoon rides were always so much fun. John, Guy, Jp and Robert were always in awe at how knowledgeable Skip was about anything and everything. Skip was always very helpful. Interests always peaked when visiting the beautiful cabin/science project that Skip and his wonderful family built in Ontario. Sadly the world lost a beautiful person today but heaven gained a beautiful angel. RIP Skip. We are surely going to miss you. Love your dear Canadian friends “The De Francesco’s”❤️💙 here is a few keywords/memories. Charolette O’hara;)red scooter) squeaky rocking chair; cigars; Jim bean; the fence that never got done!!!lol!
Karen and family know that we are thinking of you all during this very sad time. ❤️

Dianah & Tim Warrington

September 13, 2020

So sorry to hear about Skip. This is heartbreaking. I am very glad to have met Skip and enjoy his humour. Big hugs Karen, Tracey and family 💕🦩🌴🌴. Thinking of you all xoxo


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