Lasting Memories

Robert "Van" Vannatter
March 8, 1921-Aug. 27, 2012
Scotts Valley, California

Submitted by Dan Vannatter

Robert Lee Vannatter, Jr., died peacefully in his sleep at home in Scotts Valley, CA on Monday, August 27, 2012. He was 91. Born in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia on March 8, 1921, Vannatter met his wife, Avis May Whitlock (1935-1975) in San Diego, CA, and they married in 1953. They had three children, who survive him: Michael Vannatter, Susan Vannatter-Prang, and Daniel Vannatter. An engineer by profession, Robert worked in the aerospace field in Burbank and Sunnyvale, CA for more than 35 years. During WWII, Robert saw service in the 82nd Airborne, 507th Paratrooper Division of the US Army. The country of France recently awarded him a Chevalier (Knight) medal of the Legion of Honor for his heroic efforts during the earliest hours of the Normandy invasion on June 6th, 1944. He will be missed.

From Dorene Paradiso-Carroll
Oct. 19, 2012

I remember Van and his warm smile well. He was my Mother Jennie's neighbor at Pleasanton Gardens. I only saw him a few times after my Mom died. He always loved the cupcakes I would bring there and with a smile, walked away with a couple in his hand. Both he and Mick were good to my Mom. We enjoyed Van very much and will miss him in this life. I know God will grant him eternal rest. God Bless His Family. Sincerely, The Paradiso Family