September 9, 2015
H. Robert "Bob" Van Wie, Sr., 77, Deferno Rd., Clayton passed away at his home on September 9, 2015.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday, September 26, at the Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept., Graves St. from 1 - 4PM. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.
Bob was born in Troy on March 25, 1938, son of Henry E. and Rita T. Scully Van Wie. He graduated from Watervliet High School and attended Hudson Valley Community College. On November 10, 1957 he married Darlene J. Clickner at Sacred Heart Church, Cohoes. In 1977 the couple moved to northern New York. He worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and retired in 1996 after 38 years of service. Bob also was a National Guardsman for eight years and from 1996 - 2010 worked for Green Thumb.
He was a member of both St. Mary's Church, Clayton and Immaculate Conception Church, Brownville. Bob loved his horses, Angel and Sara, raised sheep for 30 years, and enjoyed hobby farming. He was extremely proud of his family and their accomplishments. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, meeting people, and storytelling.
Along with his wife, Darlene J., Bob is survived by his four children and their spouses, Cynthia and Jim Picunas, Clayton, H. Robert and Darlene S. Van Wie, Jr., Clayton, Mark and Tina Van Wie, Brockport, and Kathleen and Kevin Dibble, Sr., Clayton; eleven grandchildren, Brian and Lara Boyle, Megan and Ryan Kendall, Kevin Dibble, Jason Van Wie, Josh Dibble, Amber Dibble, Nikole Van Wie, Nicolas Van Wie, Amy Picunas, Kelly and Adam Harrington, and Paul and Angela Picunas; four great grandchildren, Charlee and Iris Boyle and Grace and Ella Harrington; brother and his wife, Jack and Anna Van Wie, Latham; sister-in-law, Sheila Fanniff, Cohoes; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Donations in Bob's name may be made to either www.friendsofottercreekhorsetrails.com and click on Support our Trails: the proceeds funnel through the NYS Horse Council, are tax deductible, and go toward maintaining and improving the trail system or the Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept., 855 Graves St., Clayton, NY 13624.