Harold W. Van Dusen
Newark—Harold W. Van Dusen, 96, died Saturday (January 9, 2016) at the Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. Friends may call from2-4 and 6-8 P.M. on Wednesday (January 13, 2016) at the Paul L. Murphy & Sons Funeral Home, 127 East Miller Street, Newark. A funeral service will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday (January 14th) at the funeral home. Burial will be in East Newark Cemetery
Mr. Van Dusen was born on October 19, 1919, in Painted Post, New York, the son of the late Chester A. and Mable H. Leonard Van Dusen. He graduated with the Class of 1937 from Newark High School and Alfred State in 1940 where he majored in Power Distribution. He worked a short time with NY State Gas and Electric in the Southern Tier before entering the US Army Air Corp. Harold was a Captain training bombardiers in Texas during World War II. After the war, he returned to Newark to help his parents run their business, the Newark Penny Saver. Harold eventually bought the business and actively managed it for many years, before selling to his son. He continued helping out part time, you may remember seeing him out delivering the Penny Savers. Harold was an active member of the Newark Lions Club with over 55 years of service, and the club's secretary-treasurer for many years. He had also served on the Village of Newark's Zoning Board. Harold was one of the first cottagers on Eagle Island in Sodus Bay where he enjoyed spending many summers. As the next generation came along, Harold affectionately became known as Uncle Fuddy Duddy. He loved to pick wild berries, he would takes rides around the rural roads looking for spots and then returning when the berries ripened. Elder berries were a special find.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years Ruth Ann Beadle Swanson Van Dusen; two sons John (Gail) of Newark and Tim (Pam) of Fairport; two grandchildren Shawn Van Dusen and Megan Clawson; four great-grandchildren Evelyn and Elinor Van Dusen, Bailey and Zachery Clawson. Harold was predeceased by his first wife Evelyn in 1987; a sister Vivian Butter and brother Leonard Van Dusen.