Services held for Van Dyke
Funeral services for Anderson Mart Van Dyke, 86, were held Feb. 10 in the Dossman Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bob Van Dyke, Pastor Stephen Baker, Pastor Billy Borho and Youth Pastor Andrew Baker officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Valley Cemetery.
Van Dyke passed away Feb. 7 in a Temple hospital.
He was born July 4, 1918 in Prairie Dell, to Minnie Lee (Brinegar) and Mart Anderson Van Dyke. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War IL. He married Frances Safley on Jan. 3. 1941 in Cedar Valley.
Van Dyke was ordained as a Baptist deacon in 1965. He was active in the Civilian Conservation Corps #854, which was involved in the initial work of the Longhorn Caverns. He was also instrumental in the formation of the Longhorn Cavern Museum and the CCC reunions. He rode in the Belton 4th of July Parade for the last 37 years, usually on horseback.
He retired from the City of Dallas as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of the Victory Baptist Church of Salado.
He was preceded i9 death by his parents; his wife, on Feb. 2, 2000; one brother, Billy Joe Van Dyke; two sisters, Helen Burks, and Lola Bell Burks; and one grandson, Mart.
He is survived by two sons, Bobby Don Van Dyke, of Brenham, and Richard Mart Van Dyke, of Conroe; three daughters, Sue Hall, of Grand Prairie. Debra Bingham, of Gatesville, and Joyce Bake, of Zephyr; one brother, Herman Van Dyke, of Bay City; four sisters, Mary Ruth Dudley, of Henderson, NV, Dorothy Dell Crews, of Portland, OR, Juanita Sparrows, of Belton, and Eula Bea Reagan, of El Paso; 26 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.