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Keith Van Orden

Keith T. Van Orden

Sunday, August 24th, 1952 - Sunday, March 1st, 2020
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Keith T. Van Orden, age 67 of Lake Neepaulin, passed away on Sunday, March 1st, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Newton to the late Dean and Elva (Dyer) Van Orden, Keith was a lifelong resident of Sussex County. He worked as a diesel mechanic for Sussex County DPW for thirty-seven years. Keith enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing pool. He was a member of the NRA and the Wanderers Car Club. Above all, he was a very proud grandfather.

Predeceased by his parents and his first wife, Jeannette (Lutz) Van Orden, Keith is survived by his loving wife, Wanda Kinney; daughter Shannon Keller and husband James of Sussex; granddaughter Kaitlyn Keller; stepdaughters Debra and Elsie Kinney, both of Sussex; and a brother, Les Van Orden and wife Connie of Branchville; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A visitation for Keith will be held on Wednesday, March 4th, 2020, from 10AM to 1PM at the Ferguson Funeral Home, 27 Third Street, Sussex, NJ 07461. A funeral service will begin at 1PM at the funeral home. Burial in the Beemerville Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sussex Fire Department.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 | 10:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Ferguson Funeral Home
    Address
    27 Third Street
    SUSSEX, NJ 07461
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  • Service

    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Ferguson Funeral Home
    Address
    27 Third Street
    SUSSEX, NJ 07461
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Eric Grove

Posted at 12:13am
My deepest condolences to the Van Orden Family. I remember working with Keith at The County Of Sussex for many years. He was a great mechanic & innovative employee of the Division of Public Works. His mastery of his craft, dedication, skill, & knowledge were very important to our work for the traveling public. I am shocked by his passing, but know that he is in a better place. May Keith Rest in Peace with The Lord. Goodbye my friend. Eric G Grove, Hopatcong, NJ

Jody Van Orden

Posted at 08:38am
Shannon,
Please know that your Dad was the best Uncle a little girl could ever ask for and he turned into an awesome Dad when you where born. I remember so many things about him when I was a child growing up. When he met your Mom and I was just a little and I thought she was taking my Uncle away from me. The beautiful purple Barracuda. The stories of racing cars for pink slips. The Convertible Volkswagon Beetle that he and your Mom had and they took Randy and I to Dairy Queen with the top down. There are some many wonderful memories. Most of all I know that he was so very proud of you and everything that you've become and everything that you do. You and Jim blessed him with a very special little granddaughter, Kaitlyn, that I know she lit up his life. He is at peace now and there is no more suffering. I know in my heart he is hanging out with your Mom and Magnum and he is at peace. I send thoughts, prayers and love to you, Jim, Wanda and everyone else. He will be deeply missed.
J

Joe Mazza

Posted at 01:40am
Shannon,
I send my condolences up from Florida. Your father is a man that will never be forgotten. His neighborhood watch walks up the street. How helpful he was to the whole neighborhood in those snow storms with his tractor. He was also a man that appeared as tough as bricks, but we all knew how much of a teddy bear he was. Again, I am a messenger away if you ever need!
Send up my hugs and kisses to you and your family,
Joey/Mazz/Mazza Monkey Face/ lFernwood Crew #forlife
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