David Martin Van Buren, 99, of Rosedale, passed away at his home, Tuesday, March 15, 2016.
He was born January 29, 1917 in Braxton County, a son of the late George and Sophia Putnam Van Buren.
He was a WWII veteran, an equipment operator for the WVDOH, and he was a farmer and timberman. He has participated in the Center West Virginia Mule and Donkey Show at Holly Gray Park where he won the Oldest Driver Award several years. He has participated in this show 21 of the past 22 years. A special thank you goes to all family and friends who made this possible for him.
He is survived by son, Wesley, Van Buren; adopted son, Joseph Lee Van Buren; daughters, Bethel Hamrick, Midge (Harold) Park, Janet (Bill) White, and Evelyn (Benny) Miller; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and several step-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Van Buren; brothers, Albert Van Buren and Donald Nelson Van Buren; sisters, Flossie Hardway, Ethel Morris, Edna Nicholas, Hollie Abersold, Audra Bourne, Gertrude Bennett, and Fannie Alkire; son, Paul Van Buren; granddaughter, Sharon Rose White; and great-grandson, Chandler Canterbury.
Funeral services was held at Stump Funeral Home, Arnoldsburg, on Friday, March 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. Pastor Kenneth Tanner officiated. Visitation was held Friday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment was in Mill Fork Cemetery, Rosedale. Online condolences may be expressed at www.stumpfuneral homes. com