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home : obituaries : obituaries April 30, 2016

4/23/2014 8:00:00 AM
William Joseph Van Lue
Jan. 7, 1934 - April 19, 2014
William Van Lue
William Van Lue

Mr. William Joseph Van Lue, 80, Winter Springs, Fla., passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Mr. Van Lue was born on Jan. 7, 1934, to Mildred Amick and Orvan Van Lue in Rochester. He and his sister, Becky, and brother, John, graduated from Rochester High School. Attending Purdue University, Bill was in ROTC and graduated with an electrical engineering degree.

After graduation he married Elaine Mitchell, his high school sweetheart, and then they moved to St. Louis, Mo., where he worked for Union Electric Co., designing substations. He then served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in Ft. Monmouth, N.J., training troops to build field communication equipment. After military service he lived in Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota, surveying oil wells with Schlumberger Oil Well Surveying Co. He later moved to Atlanta, working for Georgia Power and later Lord Manufacturing Co. In 1961, he was transferred to Orlando and worked for Martin Marietta Corp. as a senior engineer in dynamics and loads. Some time later he formed his own company, The Manley Co., with partner, Tom Theall, providing commercial designs and furnishings. His career also included being a Radio Shack computer center manager, and later a real estate appraiser with Clayton, Roper and Marshall.

In addition to enjoying his busy life with three growing boys, he served as a Cub Scout master, Little League coach, and Indian Guide leader. He enjoyed sports, especially basketball, and ham radio, technology, history and travel. His retirement gave him time to provide technical advice for his wife's university teaching for Nova Southeastern University online.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Van Lue; three sons, Scott Van Lue, M.D., Longwood, Fla., Stephen Van Lue, D.V.M., Winter Springs, Fla., and Michael Van Lue, Ph.D., Milwaukee, Wis.; 10 grandchildren, Jason, Julie Van Lue Brown, Angeli, Kristin, Katie Mei, Grayson, Jackson, Weston, Niels and Jens; and four great-grandchildren, Cade, Caroline, Mollie and Joshua.

A public viewing is today, April 23, 2014, from 6-8 p.m. at the DeGusipe Funeral Home in Maitland, Fla. A funeral service is Thursday, April 24, 2014, at St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Bill to St. Andrews Chapel, 5525 Wayside Dr., Sanford, FL 32771.

Arrangements are entrusted to DeGusipe Funeral Home & Crematory, 9001 N. Orlando Ave., Maitland, Fla. 32751, 407-695-CARE (2273).

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Article comment by: Dale Clay

Elaine, I just found out about Bill passing and am so sorry. I know how you feel as I lost my wife, your school mate, Kay Patterson. My thoughts our with you and your family.

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Article comment by: Jane Bock

Dear Elaine,
I wish you strength to get through these hard times. I know your thoughts must be filled with happy memories. Your three sons just sound wonderful. What a tribute they are to you and Bill.
Kindest regards, Jane Haskett Bock

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Article comment by: joetta blackwood duncan

I was so shocked today when I received a phone call telling me that Bill had passed away. Have alot of fond memories of our grade school & high school years. We shall truly miss him this summer at our 62nd reunion. My prayers go out to Elaine & the family.

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Article comment by: Ann & LaMar F Johnson

Elaine, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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