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Bruce Roger Van Etten

Bruce Roger Van Etten “Van” passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at the Valor Hospice Center in Asheville, NC.

Van was born in Corning, New York on June 15, 1947 to the late Bernard Van Etten and Doreen Van Etten. 

He is survived by his wife Diana and two daughters; Tammy Van Etten from Knoxville, TN and Tina Farmer (Doug) from Cullowhee. Six grandchildren; Ashley Barker (Chris), Jessica Saunooke (Isaac), Cheyenne Bryson, Autumn Farmer, Minnie Bryson and Brett Farmer. Great-grandchildren; Aubree, Landon and Camden Barker along with Roman, Abel and Jasiah Saunooke. One brother Alan Van Etten (Tammy); two sisters Audrey Graham (Richard) and Allison Palmer (Danny) both from Corning, NY; two sisters-in-law; Janet Norman (Eddie) and JoAnn Cole and several nieces and nephews.

Van proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1968 to 1973, in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Van served one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. After his time in the Army he worked as a diesel mechanic and construction worker. Van had a love for his family and Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Appalachian Funeral Services Chapel with Rev. Mike Farmer officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 until 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

Memorial may be made to Charles George VA Medical Center – Valor Hospice 1100 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805.

An online registry is available at www.appalachianfuneralservices.com

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Diane and the Van Etten Family, On behalf of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, please accept our condolences. Bruce served proudly and courageously with the Legendary Balckhorse Regiment in Vietnam. An honorable and respected Trooper it was our priviledge to have in our ranks. Our loss is that of another brother down who we respectfully salute this day. We will continue to activily honor his memory at our gatherings iand in our Newsletter. His name has been enrolled on the list of our Honored Dead. But as our hope in eternal life clearly states: "his life has not ended merely changed" and Bruce's soul continues on a loving path. as we were together then (in Vietnam) we will be together again in the life hereafter, comfortably enfolded in the loving arms of Our Merciful Father.

Blandin Karabinos, Chaplain 11th ACVVC Apr 6 2019 12:00 AM

Fly High With The Angels My Friend. Thank You For Your Service.

Linda Fowler Apr 5 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bruce Van Etten

Linda Fowler Apr 5 2019 12:00 AM

Marvin & Brenda Prince Apr 5 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bruce Van Etten

Marvin & Brenda Prince Apr 5 2019 12:00 AM

I love you daddy and miss you!

Tina Farmer Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Bruce Van Etten

Tina Farmer Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

Diana and family, so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts. Love, Frank and Marcia

Frank and Marcia Queen Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

Diane I'm so sorry to hear of Van's passing. Prayers for you , Tammy and Tina and the grandkids,

sherrill a crawford Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry Diane and family. Take care, you are in my prayers.

Mary Sue Anders Apr 4 2019 12:00 AM

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