Harold F. VanEffen

GLADSTONE – Harold F. VanEffen, 83, Gladstone, passed away early Tuesday evening, June 10, 2014, at Christian Park Healthcare Center.

He was born in Escanaba on July 23, 1930, the son of August and Lena (Ambeau) VanEffen Sr. Harold graduated from Escanaba High School in 1948.

On May 26, 1950, he married Doris Carlson at St. Patrick’s Church in Escanaba.

Harold worked at Harnischfeger for 30 years as a welder and assembler. He retired in 1983. Harold was an avid golfer at the Escanaba Country Club.

He is survived by four sons, Terry (Pat) VanEffen of Kent, Wash., Steven (Nora) VanEffen of Fenton, Mich., Robert (Yvonne) VanEffen of Escanaba, David (Carla) VanEffen of Dougsville, Ga.; brother, Ken (Elly) VanEffen; sisters, Rita (Herb) Caron, Betty Tryan, Carol “Midge” Wallin; seven grandchildren, Katie, Christopher, Malena, Chad, Nicholas, Victoria, Mackenzie; eight great-grandchildren, Ian, Collin, Noah, Ariadne, Siyah, Hailey, Sadie, Nathan; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Doris; brothers, August Jr., Raymond, Gary; and sisters, Irene, Jackie, Leuta, Millie, Marjorie, Mary Jane, and Susan.

Per Harold’s request, no services will be held.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the VanEffen family.