Jeffrey Thorne Van Etten of Point Pleasant, N.J., dies at age 59

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Jeffrey Thorne Van Etten, 59, of Point Pleasant, N.J., formerly of Highland Mills, N.Y., died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and friends, on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. He was 59.

Son of the late Ralph Van Etten and Frances Woodward Van Etten, he was born on June 29, 1958, in Cornwall, N.Y.

He started his business career at Opti-Quip in Highland Mills and continued in the lighting business for 40 years. He ended his highly successful business career at RST Visions in Color as the Vice President of Marketing and Business Development.

He was a 1976 graduate of Monroe-Woodbury High School and graduated from Dominican College with a degree in business. He was a former member of the Woodbury Ambulance Corps.

He was an avid sports fan. He especially loved the Mets, Rangers, Giants, Knicks and horse racing. He excelled in soccer, racquetball, baseball, and golf. He was a true competitor. Countless hours were spent on Weygant Hill playing and talking all kinds of sports with his father and brothers.

He loved the beach and family barbecues. During his lifetime, he touched many people with his love and kindness. He will be greatly missed. He was a believer in Jesus Christ which gives us much comfort to know that he is home with his Heavenly Father.

Survivors include his wife, Debi, of Point Pleasant; son, Jeffrey Van Etten and his wife, Stephanie, of Goshen, N.Y.; daughters, Kaitlin and her husband, Chris Rouantree, of Goshen and April Elizabeth Young of Brick, N.J.; grandchildren, Olivia and Thomas Bove, Mackenzie, and Shea Rouantree; mother, Frances Van Etten; in-laws, George and Joan Bacher; brothers, James (Diana) and John (Kathy) Van Etten; brothers-in-law, George, Edward and Christopher Bacher; nieces and nephew, Lynn, Suzanne, Matthew, Hannah and Sayde Van Etten; cousins, Pat Van Etten Dwyer, Barbara McCreanor, Robert McCreanor, Erica McCreanor, Dale Van Etten Temmel, Mark Van Etten, Carolyn and Bill Kyle, Chris Kyle, Keith Kyle, Charlotte Woodward, Matt Woodward, Marion Dorsey, Doug Woodward, Cindy Herritt, Sara Sellick, Bob Woodward and Scott Woodward. Aunts Georgiana & Lorraine Woodward and Gaye Van Etten.

He was predeceased by his father, Ralph Van Etten; uncles, Howard and Robert Van Etten, Dave and Philip Woodward; and his very special aunt, Dorothy Van Etten.

Visitation was held Jan. 13 at Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, N.J., followed by a funeral service in the funeral home. Burial was in St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Freehold.

Memorial donations may be made to the Highland Mills United Methodist Church, 654 Route 32, Highland Mills, NY 10930.

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