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Robert Lewis Vanaskey, Sr.  

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.

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  1. dorothy achuff, January 9, 2015

    So sorry you had to leave us, you was the best brother in law i ever had . Im really gonna miss you . R.i.p i love you and always will

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  2. Dave and Sandy Vanaskey, January 9, 2015

    Bob, You were a wonderful brother, great husbsnd and father. Although we hadn’t seen you since we moved to Arizona, you were in our thoughts. You will be missed. Our prayers go out to Barb, Bobby, Ben and Traci. Rest in peace brother!

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  3. karen martinez frausto, January 9, 2015

    you were a good man; who loved to joke and cut up; sadly to say you have moved on to a better place. prayers for your family as they have to move on and god give them the peace and love to help them with the lose of their loved one !

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  4. Steve & Brenda Fitzgerald, January 10, 2015

    It’s been many years since we’ve seen you Bob. We pray that you are now resting in the arms of Jesus. Barb, stay strong sweetie and just keep praying and God will provide.

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  5. Betty Andrews, January 10, 2015

    So sorry for your loss Ben .. Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers

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  6. Cahall family, January 10, 2015

    We offer our deepest sympathy to you and your family . May your heart remain filled with memories that will lighten your sorrow now and in the days to come. Please know that we are here if there is my thing you need. Prayers are with you and yours

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  7. Roger B. Kenvin, January 10, 2015

    Bob was a good man and a great guy to work with. My he rest in peace.

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    • Roger B. Kenvin, January 10, 2015

      May he rest in peace!

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  8. Dorothy achuff "2", January 10, 2015

    uncle Bon u were an amazing man that will truly be missed by many,I love u for you and the way u were with my aunt and how dad could come talk to u when he needed someone u were not just a brother to him but a good friend as well and destiny Marie loved her uncle bob u will be dearly missed gone but never forgotten

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  9. Rev. & Min. Alfonzo & Mary Brown, January 10, 2015

    To Tracy & the entire Vanasky family,
    May the peace of our Lord and Savior be with you all during your time of bereavement. We know God is holding you all in the palm of his hand. So rest and let him lead you into perfect peace in Jesus Name. We will be praying for you all.

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  10. Ms. Selby, January 10, 2015

    I would like to offer my condolences to the family and also to the close friends of the family. During this time of sorrow please look to Gods word the Bible for comfort, at Psalms 83:18 Revelation 21:3,4 Psalms 37:11

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  11. Stewart Forbes, January 10, 2015

    He was a good one , every time I seen him he always had a joke to tell me , rest in peace my friend .

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  12. Judi Olewnik, January 10, 2015

    I worked with Bob at the Edge Moor plant. Bob always had a smile and a joke. It was fun working with him. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this difficult time.

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  13. Shannon (Myers) Sahrhage, January 11, 2015

    My father and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies. We are so sorry for your loss, remember the good times, they are what will carry you through.

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  14. Wm R Harris Sr., January 12, 2015

    My prayers go out to the Vanaskey family.

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  15. Diane Hairston, January 13, 2015

    To the Vanaskey Family,
    May all of the phone calls, cards, prayers, visits and other acts of kindness help to comfort as you mourn; and may you be comforted as you reminisce all the good and joyous times you’ve shared. Continue to lean on The Lord for strength and guidance. “Hip” will be missed.
    Peace and Blessings,
    Diane Hairston (DuPont Edge Moor Colleague)

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  16. Carmen Matthews, January 13, 2015

    RIP Bob Iam going to miss you I love you jokes and storys a real nice guy to talk to

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  17. Kathie Cartwright, January 13, 2015

    Bob you will be truly missed by the Cartwright family. You were a great neighbor, always lending a hand or giving good advise. A memory we will never forget is when you took Joseph at six years old fishing and my little “angel” locked you out of the truck in the pouring rain. Bob you have been a neighbor that can never be replaced and will forever missed.

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