Harry Bernard VanDyne Jr., 88, of Bavon, Va., laid down his working tools and went to be with our Lord on April 6, 2023. Harry, often called “Sonny” by his friends and family, was raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. He was captain of the football team before graduating from Wheeling High School in 1953, and married his high school sweetheart, Mary Nolte, in 1954. He served in the Army Reserve, was known for being very hardworking, and was a loving father, and “Pappap.” Harry spent more than 30 years at Blaw-Knox Foundry before retiring as a journeyman machinist. He and Mary moved to Newport News, Va., where he worked for Dobson Builders before officially retiring. Harry was a Master Mason of the Masonic Lodge in Wheeling since 1979, a Shriner, and currently served as Tyler with Oriental Lodge #20 in Mathews, Va. He also enjoyed his memberships at Piankatank Ruritan Club, and Beulah United Methodist Church where he could often be found in the kitchen for the men’s breakfasts.
Harry was preceded in death by his mother, Halcyon Conner VanDyne; father, Harry Bernard VanDyne Sr.; his stepmother, Anna Maxine Conner VanDyne; his siblings, Priscilla Kandis, Donna Robertson, Linda Hadorn, Paulette Thurlo.
Harry is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Mary Lois Nolte VanDyne; their six children, Dennis VanDyne, Carol (Stanley) Merinar, Jill (Jay) Flanagan, Cindy VanDyne, Eric VanDyne, and Julie Bondurant; as well as by his siblings, Judy Kolich, Jim (Ellen) VanDyne, Terry (Bambi) VanDyne, and Beth (Bob) Brake; 37 grandchildren; great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 29, at Beulah United Methodist Church in New Point, Va., at noon, with lunch to follow.