Graveside memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. The Rev. Pam Sebastian will officiate. Mr. Van Dyke was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church of Marshall. Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church or to Westminster College, in care of Campbell Lewis Funeral Home. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born June 19, 1915, in Marshall, he was the son of Leonard W. Van Dyke and Juliet Lay (Scott) Van Dyke. A member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, he was a graduate of Westminster College and Harvard Business School. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force as a flight instructor, teaching French pilots to fly American fighter planes. His final military assignment was Director of Flying at Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala. He began his career with Shell Oil Company in St. Louis in 1939. After the war he resumed his career with Shell, moving to New York and later, to Houston, Texas, where he was assigned to the Exploration and Research Laboratory of Shell Development Company. In 1967, upon retiring from Shell, he moved to Daytona Beach and joined the business department faculty of Daytona Beach Junior College (now Daytona State College), retiring in 1977. He was actively involved in supporting a number of arts-related organizations in Daytona Beach, including the Seaside Theater, the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Volusia County Preservation Society. In addition, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the Florida International Festival in Daytona, the highlight of which
was a summer concert series featuring the London Symphony Orchestra. An avid reader, he served on the board and enjoyed volunteering at the City Island Library. He also served on the board of directors of the Daytona Beach YMCA and was a long-time member of the Halifax River Yacht Club. He was awarded the Gold Medal for Spelling at the Ormond Beach Senior Games in both 2010 and 2011.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Leonard S. Van Dyke.
He is survived by a nephew, Robert L. Van Dyke and a niece, Jane Van Dyke Huff, both of Marshall; several great-nieces and nephews; a number of cousins, and two especially close friends, Mark Carrier and Jane Edmonston, both of Daytona Beach.
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