Samuel 'Sam' Van Duyne

Feb 06, 2017

Loving Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather

WAYNESVILLE —Samuel “Sam” Edward Van Duyne, 95, of J-Creek community, passed away at home Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Challis Van Duyne; daughter, Betsy Noland; parents, Samuel and Florence Van Duyne; and brother, John VanDuyne.

Sam is survived by two daughters, Carol (John) Blackwell and Laurie Van Duyne, both of Waynesville; and son, Dave (Sharon) Van Duyne, of N.J.; six grandchildren, Jay and Robyn Blackwell, Dan (Morgan) Eaton, Kirsten Bonthron, Laura and Sam Anderson; great-grandchildren; and a good friend, John Tonkin.

Sam was originally from Atlantic City, N.J. He was a boat/home builder who enjoyed wood working and sailing with his family. Sam retired to the mountains with his wife, leaving behind a legacy of boat building on the shores of N.J. He loved animals and reading, and was a veteran of the Coast Guard. “Pop” was deeply loved and will be dearly missed.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Waynesville Public Library, or Sarge's Animal Rescue Foundation in memory of Samuel Van Duyne.

Smoky Mountain Cremations and Funeral Service of Clyde is caring for the family and the online register is available at