Robert Lewis Vanaskey, Sr.
June 8, 1951 – January 6, 2015
Robert Lewis Vanaskey, Sr., age 63, of New Castle, DE, passed away on Tuesday, January 6, 2015.
Born in Youngstown, Ohio on June 8, 1951, Robert was a son of the late George Vanaskey and Margaret Laughlin Vanaskey. He bravely served his country as a member of the US Army during the Vietnam War. Robert made his career as a control room operator for the DuPont and worked at the company’s Edgemoor plant until his retirement after many years of dedicated service.
An avid outdoorsman, he loved hunting and fishing. Robert was known for his outgoing, gregarious personality and always had a good joke to share. He was willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need and went out of his way to care for others. A loving and devoted husband, father, brother, grandfather and great grandfather, Robert will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Barbara K. Richards Vanaskey; children, Traci L. Smith (Glenn), Robert L. Vanaskey, Jr., and Benjamin G. Vanaskey (Jen Marvel); brothers, David A. Vanaskey (Sandy), George M. Vanaskey (Annette) and Joseph A. Vanaskey; grandson, Benjamin Smith; and great grandson, Giovazzi Smith.
A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday morning, January 14, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE, where a visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am. A committal service will be held at 10 am on Thursday, January 15, 2015 in the chapel of the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.