CALABASH — Raymond Thomas Van Arsdale Sr., 92, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
He was the loving husband of 63 years to Arlette Carolyn Van Arsdale and beloved father to sons, Raymond Jr., Timothy, Keith and Kyle. He has seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Geisenhoner of Pennington, New Jersey; brother, Jack Van Arsdale currently in Livermore, California; and sister-in-law, Virginia Lewis of Hopewell, New Jersey.
Raymond was born in Hopewell, New Jersey, a son of Edward and Julia Van Arsdale. He resided in Hopewell for most of his life and spent his career at The Burroughs Corporation.
A true patriot and veteran, Raymond served in the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II and in the U.S. Army. He was a past chief of the Hopewell Fire Department, Station 52, and past commander of American Legion Post 339. He was a member of the Carolina Shores American Legion Post 503, the VFW Calabash Post 7288, the Little River Elks Lodge 2840, life member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and a longstanding member of Saint Alphonsus Catholic Church in Hopewell, New Jersey, and Saint Brendan’s Catholic Church in Shallotte.
Raymond loved his country and was dedicated to his community. He was a selfless, hard-working, jovial man who was never a stranger to anyone. He was known to always wear a big smile and truly cherished time with his family and friends. He will be forever loved and missed, remaining in the hearts and memories of not only his beloved family, but the many lives he has touched.
Due to COVID-19, services are private.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Alphonsus Church, 54 East Prospect St., Hopewell, NJ 08525; or American Legion Post 503, 10277 Beach Drive SW, Carolina Shores, NC 28467.
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