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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