Wayne John Van Wyck

January 5, 2017


CWO4 Wayne J. Van Wyck, USN (retired), age 71, passed away after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer in his Virginia Beach, VA home on January 5, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.
Wayne was the loving husband of 36 years to Agnes; devoted father to David and his wife, Alicia and to Jennifer and her husband, Milton Hunter; faithful brother to his twin sister, Dolores Buckley and husband Ed, his half-brother, William Fury and his wife, Darlene.
Wayne was born on September 10, 1945 to Andrew and Martha Van Wyck in Far Rockaway, NY. He grew up in Hewlett, NY and attended Lawrence Senior High School, but left prior to graduation to join the United States Navy where he earned his GED. He proudly and honorably served in the Navy for 29.5 years as a boiler technician and later, after becoming a Chief Warrant Officer, as ship’s maintenance officer. After retiring from the Navy in October of 1992, he worked as an engineering technician for American Systems Engineering Corporation in Virginia Beach, VA. Wayne met Agnes Margaret Himmelman of Garden City, NY in 1978 and married her in Las Vegas, NV on March 16, 1980. The two had their first child, David, in January of 1982 followed by Jennifer in August of 1983.
Wayne enjoyed spending time and sharing colorful and humorous stories with family and friends. He was often the center of attention at parties, where he loved to sing, dance, and tell jokes with others. He was an avid collector of coins his entire life and loved the challenge of working on cars. He loved traveling, whether it was with the Navy or jumping in his car and driving across the country on the open road. Wayne was also fond of many different types of animals, and he dedicated significant time volunteering at a local wildlife refuge, something he remained committed to as long as his health would allow.
Wayne will forever be remembered for his loving and selfless dedication to his family, friends, and work. He believed nothing was impossible and never gave up on anything or anyone. He was a brilliant and respected leader and teacher, and he positively shaped the lives and careers of many around him. He had an inimitable sense of humor and never met another person he could not make laugh. Most of all, he loved his wife and children with all his heart and regularly made great personal sacrifices to see them happy and successful. “Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us everyday.”
A memorial service will be held at 1100 on Thursday, 19 January, 2017 at Albert G. Horton Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery. Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyerfuneralandcremation.com.

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Rodney Stephens
5 years ago

As we remember and celebrate the life of a proud Father, loving Husband, Brother, Uncle, and friend to so many, let us all be thankful for the time we had and the memories that were made and shared with such a man. Such a large figure who could be referred to as a “Gentle Giant” because of his stature and his warm, kind and gentle heart. A man not afraid to “tell it like it is” but also willing to sit down with you and share some words of wisdom.
Wayne and I spoke often and every conversation included how proud he was of his son David and daughter Jennifer, and all their accomplishments. He spoke highly of his Navy shipmates and I have read many inspiring comments from them. Wayne has definitely left his mark on the lives of many. Loved and respected by so many.
I am very thankful and grateful to have Wayne as a friend. From our road trips, adventures, several weekly conversations, and his words of wisdom. I always looked forward to our conversations, never a dull moment and some lasted quite a while. I will cherish these forever, and I like many others have an empty spot in our hearts. Wayne would not want us to stop, and would want us to continue on and live our lives to the fullest. We all will, however, we will pause and show all our love, respect, and shed some tears for a great man.
As Luke Bryan said in his song ” So long MY Friend, until we meet again”. Save me a seat because I’m sure there will be plenty to talk about and catch up on. Love and miss you with all our hearts.
Your Pal,

James P Flengas
5 years ago

I lost a true friend and shipmate. Thanks for all the time you spent with us and sharing your “sea stories.” RIP

Susan Bermudez
5 years ago

Wayne was a wonderful blessing to our family, a great friend to my Dad and a best friend to my Uncle Bill. We have many wonderful memories we share around the table of his kindness and generosity. He will be greatly missed.

Alicia Jurney
5 years ago

I liked Wayne from the first time we met. When David and I first started dating, I loved going out to dinner with the two of them. We would spend hours in the restaurant talking, laughing, and listening to Wayne’s Navy stories. He loved his family more than anything, and I was honored to be his daughter-in-law. “To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever.”

Dolores Buckley
5 years ago

I have lost my best friend and confidant and most of all twin brother. For 71 plus years we shared a life that had so many memories. He was a loving and devoted husband , father brother and uncle. Rest in peace you put up a good fight until we meet again I will miss you and love you forever.

Rhonda Scott
5 years ago

I first met Wayne as an inpatient at Womack Army Med Ctr with his son David being deployed at the time I have to say that meeting this man left an impression that I will never forget, what a hoot! He was the type of person you wish was your co worker, boss, neighbor, brother, son, husband but most of all your Father. He beamed in speaking about his children, they were his lives, he seemed the happiest when they were happy. What a great man that will be missed by many. This lit candle represents the light of laughter that he has shed in so many lives. My prayers for peace to all of his family.

David Van Wyck
5 years ago

“Though death be a dark passage, it leads to immortality., and that is recompense enough for suffering it. And yet faith lights us, even through the grave….And this is the comfort of the good, that the grave cannot hold them, and that they live as soon as they die. For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity.” -William Penn, 1693

I’ll love you always, dad, and wait patiently but eagerly for the day I can hug you again.

Jennifer Van Wyck
5 years ago

My father was a force to be reckoned with in all aspects of life. The love, strength, wisdom and overall amazing character will always live on through the countless lives he touched. I will forever be lucky to call him my father. I love and miss you daddy.