Harold “Cork” William Van, 87, of Lakes James, passed away of natural causes on Monday, October 11, 2021 at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola. Cork was born August 27, 1934 in Chicago, a son of the late Harold and Erlie Van. He moved to Springhill Fruit Farm on Lake James with his parents about 1947. Cork was a veteran of the United States Army. Cork worked as an Iron worker at Weatherhead in Angola and was an International Representative of the UAW Region 3, Indiana and Kentucky. He was very active with the Lake James Lake Council, Steuben County Lake Council and the natural environment of lakes in Northeast Indiana. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. Cork enjoyed life and was happy to the end. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Sue L. Van of Lake James; daughter and son-in-law, Roxanne and Dave Romine of Lake James; sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck and Amy Van of Lake James, and John and Serena Van of Lake James; grandchildren, Joshua (Heather) Romine, Rachel (Andrew) Musick, Austin Van, Jordan Van and Hannah Van; great grandchildren, Olivia Romine, Harper Romine and Harold “Harry” Van; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred Van and Walter “Bill” Van; sister, LaVerne English; grandchildren, Beau, Luke and Melissa. Funeral service for Cork will be held 3 p.m. Friday October 15, 2021 at Pinnington Funeral & Cremation Services 502 N. Main Street, Auburn. Visitation will be held Friday from 1-3 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. John Boyanowski will be officiating. Burial will be held in Lakeside Cemetery, Fremont. Memorial donations may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital or Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To sign the online guest book, or to watch a livestream of the funeral service, visit Cork’s obituary at www.pinningtonfh.com.
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