Harold Van Meter
January 14, 1943 – October 7, 2020
Harold L. Van Meter, age 77, of Fern Park, FL passed away the morning of October 7, 2020. He is predeceased by his wife, Carolyn Tyre Van Meter, his father William E. Van Meter, mother Leona Van Meter and brother, Don Van Meter.
He is survived by his sister Dorothy (Conrad) Schaefer of Council Bluffs, IA, brother Gerald (Carol) Van Meter of Fountain Inn, SC, sister Brenda (Rob) Register of DeLand, FL, sister Bonnie Kew of Altamonte Springs, FL, and many nieces and nephews which he was very fond of. They share many memories of Uncle Harold.
Harold worked for the City of Winter Park as a Heavy Equipment Operator in the Forestry Division for over 44 years. His favorite pastimes were bass fishing in numerous lakes around Winter Park, watching NASCAR and going to Daytona for the races. And eating. He could put away a rack of ribs with nothing left but bones! And Krispy Kreme donuts, of course.
Harold and Carol were inseparable until her death in 2010. They camped, loved the flea markets, and couldn’t wait each year to attend the Withlacoochee Bluegrass Festival in Dunnellon, FL. He loved country, bluegrass and gospel music, and had the voice of an angel. He knew every word to every song, no matter how long It had been since he’d heard it last. He was a gentle soul with a generous heart who never met a stranger.
It would be remiss if the family did not make mention of how deeply grateful we are for his roommates and care givers, Lisa Murdock and Randy Williams. They took care of Harold a majority of the time when the family could not and were both there for him until the end of his life. Their tireless and caring generosity is beyond measure. Randy and Lisa, we believe you were meant to be there when Harold needed someone the most.
Rest in Peace, Harold. We will miss you, sweet man. Forever in our hearts, always on our mind.
Saturday, October 10, 2020
Private Family Graveside Service
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Harold Van Meter
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October 9, 2020
He was the most loving man that I have ever met. I am so glad and thankful to have known this man. He touched all of our kids life. He was truly a " ONE OF A KIND MAN" and with Carol and family rejoicing and throwing a party. But our hearts on earth is breaking now. All the donut runs he did and the races we watched and spoke about. But the fishing was the best part. We have had so many laughs and cries together. The camping was so much fun and the memories will last a lifetime.
Harold worked with Craig a long time and he has wonderful memories of the work relationship that they too had. Our hearts are sadden that we could not see our "Wonderful Friend". We are so happy that there is no more pain and we can't wait till we meet you again. Rest in Peace, our friend, our love will never dies for you. Love Always, Craig and Donna Duncan and Family