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John H. "Jack" Van Order, Jr.

August 9, 2019

John H. "Jack" Van Order, Jr.John H. "Jack" Van Order, Jr., 85, Round Island, Clayton and Ithaca passed away at his home on Round Island Friday, August 9, 2019.

A celebration of his life will be held in Ithaca at a time and date to be announced with burial in Ithaca Cemetery at his family's convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Clayton.

Jack was born in Ithaca on May 15, 1934, son of John H. and Mary Blanchard Van Order, Sr. He was a graduate of Ithaca High School and received his Masters Degree in Industrial Arts from Oswego State College. On August 17, 1963 he married Josephine N. "Jo" Natoli in Cortland.

For many years he was a teacher for the Dryden School District and was a self-employed contractor. He had a love of building, renovating, and remodeling. He was exact and appreciated quality items, projects, cars, story telling, and people. While living on the St. Lawrence River, he acquired an extensive knowledge of the river and its island histories. He and Jo enjoyed wintering in Labelle, FL.

Along with his wife, Jo, Jack is survived by his daughter, Joan M. Van Order, Bonita Springs, FL; three sisters, Claire Parker, Carol Van Order, and Dorothy (Steve) Poole, all of NC; sister-in-law, Linda Van Order, NC; several nieces, nephews, and cousins, including Dick Norton; and his loving dogs, Thylla and Zeekee. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, William Van Order and sister, Dr. Mary Van Order.

In lieu of flowers donations in Jack's name may be made to either your local Humane Society or Clayton Volunteer Fire Dept., 855 Graves St., Clayton, NY 13624. Online condolences to his family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#5 Diana Cianflocco 2019-08-18 10:47
Dear Jo,
I was saddened to read of Jack's passing. We all became friends way back in 59. Long ago, but memories seem like yesterday.May you find comfort in the many memories you shared.
You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Diana Cincotta Cianflocco
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#4 Harl Thomas 2019-08-16 17:44
Josephine, Joanie, and family,
Sorry to learn of John's passing. He taught me a lot of mechanical and carpentry things in my teens that I've used throughout my life. I'm sorry that I wasn't able make a connection with him to catch up in more recent years. Time slips by so fast. He will be sorely missed.
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#3 Amy Siebert 2019-08-15 12:32
Dear Jo and family,
I was so sorry to learn of your loss. The few years I had the pleasure of knowing Jack, in the company of his good friend and colleague Hammer (Jim to me!) Hardesty, were great fun and I learned a lot. Jack had such a sense of humor, great knowledge and patience, and was a wonderful person. I hope you have many happy memories to help comfort you moving forward. Jo, big hug to you, sincerely, Amy Siebert
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#2 Larry/Sudee Pollock 2019-08-14 15:52
Jo and family,

We loved chatting with your husband! He always knew a lot about everything! And he was not boring!
May God be your strength and comfort every time you need it!
We are praying for you all.
Larry and Sudee
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#1 Resa Reynolds 2019-08-13 11:55
Josephine, Joanie, and family,
I was so sad to read about John's passing. I have many fond memories that I will carry with me always. Take care.
Love always,
Resa Reynolds, Freeville, NY
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