LeRoy A. "Buddy" VanTassel Jr., 51, of Mead Run Road, Youngsville, passed away Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 surrounded by his family at his residence after a courageous one year bat-tle with cancer.
He was born July 31, 1962, in Jamestown, N.Y., a son of the late LeRoy A. "Bud" VanTassel Sr. and Eva Fedorchuk Matteson who survives him of Youngsville. LeRoy worked as a union laborer with the LIUNA Local 603. He had also worked at Warner Coin and as a bartender for many years. LeRoy was a member of the Youngsville American Legion, the Sugar Grove AmVets Club, and was a broth-er of the Struthers Hose Company. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding his Harley motorcycle, wood-working and throwing darts. He was the founding member of the Youngsville Dart League and was a member of the Warren Dart League for 20 years. LeRoy was a kind and caring person who would give the shirt off his back for anyone that needed help. He will be missed by all that knew him.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife Kelly Hansen VanTassel, whom he married Aug. 17, 2002, in Warren, a son Jacob M. Spinney and his fiance Ashley Wojtkiewicz, his siblings, Sarah Jane (Mike) Singleton of Havelock N.C., Dan (Ann) VanTassel of Pittsfield, Eva "Goober" Gertsch of Youngsville, Tom (Holly) VanTassel of Niobe, Charlie (Rose) Lo-gan of Clymer, Todd (Lori) Logan of Jamestown, his step siblings, Mary Jane (Gordon) Hefferman of Oil City, Helen Koehler of LaGrange, Ga., Matthew (Lonnie) Matteson of Canover, N.C., David Matteson of Dewittville, N.Y., his other mother Darlene (Jim) Darling of Panama, his favorite uncle George Wachter, his loyal companion Tuffy, his best friend, Joel McKown, and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Ella Mae Van-Tassel, a step brother Cal-vin "Smokey" Matteson Jr., and his step father Calvin Matteson Sr. on July 31 of this year, and his other loyal companion Beavis.
Friends will be received at the Brokenstraw Fish & Game Club, Mead Run Road, Youngsville, on Tuesday (Aug. 6) from 4-7 p.m., at which time a Celebration of Life service will take place. For those interested in participating, at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, a motorcycle escort will begin at the funeral home and proceed through town, ending at the Brokenstraw Fish and Game Club.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in LeRoy's name may be made to Hospice of Warren Co., or to the Warren Cancer Center, both at 2 Crescent Park, Warren, Pa. 16365. The Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services 314 N. Main St. in Youngsville, have been en-trusted with all arrangements. Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.