Dennis James (Buzz) Vanhoozer

May 06, 1957 - May 13, 2017

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Tuesday, May 16, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel


Tuesday, May 16, 2:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home - Wolcottville Chapel


Dennis James “Buzz” Vanhoozer, 60, of LaGrange died Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 9 a.m. at the residence of his daughter, Carrie Vanhoozer in LaGrange following a lengthy illness.

He was a lifetime area resident.

Mr. Vanhoozer had worked at Mastercraft in LaGrange and had previously worked at Starcraft in Topeka, Redman in Topeka, and Viking in Middlebury.

Buzz enjoyed fishing, hunting, and tying flies.

He was born May 6, 1957, in Kendallville to Shirley Hamilton Vanhoozer and Ruby Hicks.

On July 16, 1977, in Wolcottville, he married Shelby Jean Combs. She survives in LaGrange.

Also surviving are a daughter, Carrie Marie (Mike Lewis) Vanhoozer of LaGrange; two sons, Billy Joe Vanhoozer of LaGrange and Dennis James Vanhoozer, Jr. of LaGrange; five grandchildren, Bonnie Louise (Aaron James Vassau) Vanhoozer of LaGrange, Brookelyn Nikole Jordan of LaGrange, Mark Dennis James Jordan of LaGrange, Aaron Edward Jordan, Jr. of LaGrange, and Payton James Vanhoozer of Wolcottville; a great-grandson, Jencyn William James Vassau; two sisters, Shelia Lana Keene of Kendallville and Sharon Rae New of Garrett; and two brothers, Shirley David Vanhoozer of Wolcottville and Duane Allen Vanhoozer of Goshen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Billy Darrel Vanhoozer and Danny Ray Vanhoozer.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 2 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Wolcottville Chapel, State Road 9 North, Wolcottville with Pastor Larry Anglemyer, Sr. of Hilltop Baptist Church in Rome City officiating. Burial will be in Orange Cemetery, Rome City.

Pallbearers will be Billy Vanhoozer, Dennis Vanhoozer, Jr., Mike Lewis, Aaron Vassau, Carrie Vanhoozer, and Roger K. New, Jr.

Calling is Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Junior Christian
May 20th, 2017 7:46pm

Sorry to hear about James passing.

Tina Gibson n Casey Polly n family Jess,
May 16th, 2017 11:47am

So sorry for your loss our thoughts n prayers are with your family🙏

Faith Sturdivant
May 15th, 2017 2:10pm

love you all

Aaron Edward Jordan Jr
May 15th, 2017 12:23pm

I miss u gramps

Lisa Hall Ritchie
May 13th, 2017 9:13pm

Love you all and prayers

Jamie & Missy Sykes
May 13th, 2017 8:32pm

Carrie, Mike & family, We are so sorry for your loss. We will be keeping you & your family in our thoughts & prayers