Owen VanHise, Jr. Obituary

November 22, 2011

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WINDSOR — Funeral services for Owen M. VanHise, Jr., 61, a longtime resident of Windsor, who died Nov. 18, 2011 at his home in Windsor, surrounded by his family, was held Nov. 22, at the Knight Funeral Home. Rabbi Thomas Heyn, officiated. Committal services will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.
He was born August 12, 1950 in Springfield, Vermont, the son of Owen and Barbara (Richardson) VanHise.
He received his schooling in Woodstock and attended Woodstock High School.
He married Rhonda J. Hamel in Windsor on February 14, 1976.
Owen was employed at the former Cone Blanchard Machine Tool Company in Windsor, VERAX Corporation and later for Spectra Inc., both in Lebanon. Mr. VanHise was currently employed by the Windsor School District as a school bus driver, where he was fondly known as “Pappy” by many students.
He was a model railroad enthusiast and an avid fisherman. Owen greatly enjoyed spending time with his family and many friends, especially at the ocean.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda VanHise of Windsor; mother, Barbara VanHise of Reading; one son, Oliver VanHise and his wife, Kristle of Windham, Maine; one daughter, Jennifer Newman and her husband, Aaron of Claremont, NH; seven grandchildren, Joshua, Kayla, Noah, Maya, Cameron, Torey and Rebecca; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oncology Department at Mt. Ascutney Hospital at 289 County Road, Windsor, VT 05089 or to the Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society at PO Box 702, Brownsville, VT 05037.
Condolences may be expressed to his family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes. com

This obituary first appeared in the November 23rd print edition of the Vermont Standard.

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Darrell Boyle April 30, 2012 at 9:44 am

Rhonda and family,
I’ve only recently found out about Owen’s passing. I have very fond memories of the ears I worked with Owen. He was gracious, smart as a whip and a genuinely fun person. I often refer to the many things I learned from such a clever man. Owen was one of a kind, I will surely miss him. The best to his family.

Gale Eddy February 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your husband, Owen. Sounds like he was a kind and well-liked man. He had to have been…..he married you! You are in my prayers, Rhonda.
God Bless,

Lisa Daignault Perera February 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I was trying to locate you on Facebook and came across this obituary. I am truly sorry. I hope to hear from you. My email address is vttbears@yahoo.com. Take care, Rhonda.


Gordon & Carol Best November 28, 2011 at 10:34 am

To Rhonda & Family,
Our deepest sympathy and condolences in the loss of Owen. Our grand daughter Alexis Davis took the news of his passing very hard. She always liked him for his great personality and caring ways as her bus driver. He always talked with her each morning and that made her day special. I will always remember him from working at Cone Blanchard and Spectra. He was a wonderful man.

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