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James E. VanVlerah, Jr., age 66, of Angola, Indiana, passed away on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne. James was owner and HMFIC of VanVlerah Mechanical and proud member of UA Local #50. He was a welder, pipefitter and steamfitter. James was very active with the Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge where he was rider #720.
James E. VanVlerah, Jr. was born September 6, 1955, in Defiance, Ohio, the son of James E. and Donna J. (Killion) VanVlerah, Sr. He was a 1974 graduate of Defiance High School. James married his high school sweetheart, Karen E. Hammons in Defiance, Ohio on October 7, 1977 and she survives.
James is survived by his daughters, Abby VanVlerah, of Angola and Elizabeth Matthews, of Fort Wayne; grandchildren, John, Karen, James and Lucy Matthews, his father, James (Penny) VanVlerah, of West Unity, Ohio; mother, Donna VanVlerah, of Angola and sisters, Donna (Ed Bentley) VanVlerah, of Hudson, Indiana and Cathy (Jim) Leonard, of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
A private celebration of James’ life will be held at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to H.E. Johnson & Sons Funeral Home, 108 South West Street, Angola, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are requested to Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 375, Kyle, SD 57752 or the following link http://pineridgechamber.com/cc/donations/.