William Charles (Bill) Van Hook, 91
Born: 1/9/1927 in Miami, Arizona. To Charles and Irene (English) Van Hook
Died: 12/19/2018 in South Beach, Oregon surrounded by his family.Survived by his Wife of 68 years, LaVelle Van Hook, Daughter and Son in Law, Cindy and Paul Ammendolia, Son and Daughter in Law, Lynda and Charles Van Hook, and Daughter and Son in Law, Carol and Mark Schulz.
He had 11 Grandkids, 16 Great-Grandkids, and one Great-Great-Granddaughter.
Also survived by his Nephews, Keith (and Ellen) Dindinger and Lee Arthur and Niece,
Bill was a graduate of Miami HS in Arizona. He joined the Navy in 1945 shortly after his 17th Birthday and sailed to many countries from China to the Persian Gulf. After his discharge he enrolled at the University of Arizona for two years, then he enrolled at Coyne Electrical School in Chicago. After finishing his schooling he did his electrical apprenticeship at the Inspiration Copper Mine, back in Miami. After gaining his Journeyman License, he took his family to the Los Angeles area and worked on the construction of the Firestone Tire Factory. He then took the job of Electrician and Assistant Superintendent at the Palomar Mountain Observatory in San Diego County, later to take the position of Superintendent at the Observatory. Tired from years of 24/7 responsibility at Palomar, he moved to Oregon to start his own business where he founded Van’s Electric, Inc. in 1978. He worked there until his retirement.
After his retirement, he took up wood carving and ceramics, joining the Coastal Carvers and
YAA Art Association.
He was a member of the Christadelphian Church, giving many talks and exhortations.
He was a great family man with a great sense of humor and a certain love of God.
He will be missed by all.
Services will be held Thursday 12/27/2018 at Batemen Funeral Chapel in Newport at 11:00am