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Daniel G. VanAusdale
  • December 12, 1947
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  • October 17, 2021

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Daniel Glen VanAusdale, 73, affectionately known as “Wings”, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, October 17, 2021.

Dan was born December 12, 1947, in Oberlin, Ohio to Daniel and Mary VanAusdale. Dan was a Vietnam veteran. When he came home, he worked for U.S. Steel in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania for a few years before moving to Florida, where he worked for Tri-Tec Welding Supplies for over 20 years.

Dan loved motorcycles and his lawn mower, and he loved his family above all else. Dan was the proud father to Robert VanAusdale and the loving and big-hearted husband of Linda VanAusdale. He loved helping his neighbors and they loved and appreciated him for it. He was a proud and hard-working man, a man with a heart too big. Dan and Linda were married for 27 years, and he spent those years giving his wife and son the best life they could ever have.

Dan was predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Mary VanAusdale, and his sister, Ann VanAusdale Mirda.

Dan is survived by his wife, Linda VanAusdale, his son, Robert VanAusdale, his brothers, John Poynor and his wife Iris, and Raymond Poynor and his wife, Rose, his sisters, Nancy O’Hara and her husband, Peter, and Judy Gaynor. He is also survived by his cousin, Danny Hoeh, and his handsome nephews, David Dubord, John Poynor, Andrew Poynor, Brandon Poynor, Peter Reilly, Mike Gaynor, and J.T. Leal, his beautiful nieces, Christina Reilly and Brook Leal, and his loyal and loving dog, Blueberry.

Dan is dearly loved by his family and friends, and his love and memory will always be in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Dan’s memory to his family, Linda and Robert.


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  1. Linda Judy VanAusdale says:
    15 Jul 2022
    Dear Darlene thank you for remembering my sweet Dan . Just want you to he still was the wonderful young man you knew and he still had that wonderful smile , that chuckle and of course his big heart. You will be happy to know that he gave me a wonderful son who is just like Dan, a smile ; a sense of humor and a big heart. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Darlene Mihalik says:
    30 Jun 2022
    I first met Dan at a Christmas tree lot where he was working after school & on weekends. He was outgoing and had a disarming smile. And he was having so much fun selling those trees. He didn’t just want to make a sale, he wanted everyone to go home with a tree they were enthusiastic about. He was also really self-confident and happily took the lead with adult customers in navigating the inventory on the lot. I thought that was pretty unusual and also pretty great. When my mom & I got back into our car, with a tree tied to the roof, she asked me if I knew that nice boy and commented on what a great salesman he was already. As we were pulling away from the lot, Dan stepped in front of the car & held up his hand in a “stop” position. Without saying a word, he opened my mom’s door, moved the bottom of her coat from the outside of the car to the inside, closed the door & waved goodbye. He was a young man who was competent, confident, fun-loving, and knew how to get noticed in a positive way.
    I actually got to know Dan at Baldwin high school. He always remained the special person I first met & he had that same smile but I discovered it was often accompanied by a mischievous chuckle when he engaged in some good natured teasing. He was drafted & served as a helicopter door gunner in Vietnam. No matter how many cookies he was sent, he’d always write back saying thanks for thinking of him& that he managed to just save one for himself after giving away the rest to the other guys. When he returned home he worked at the offices of US Steel where his dad was a VP. After his mom passed away, he moved to Tampa, Fla. We lost touch after that.
    I often thought of getting in touch with him to reminisce & see how he was doing, but mainly just because everyone’s life would always be better with even a little Dan VanAusdale in it. I thought I had lots of time to do it. But he’s gone too soon & I deeply regret missing a chance to say “Hi! How’ve you been?” Just one more time.
    Darlene Mihalik

  3. Linda VanAusdale posted an image:
    28 Oct 2021
    We loved riding together
    We loved riding together

  4. Linda VanAusdale says:
    28 Oct 2021
    To my beloved Wings,my beloved Dan.
    You left me to soon, but you left me with wonderful memories and a wonderful son.
    On our wedding day after we had said our vows you whispered in my ear,
    " I love the way you smile at me and I promise you I will never ever make you sad so you will never loose that smile."
    Well my dear you kept your promise, you never in the 27 years we were married did anything to make me sad !
    So my Wings I am looking up at the heavens and this smile is for you now and forever.
    I will always love you My Wings
    Love Your Lady

  5. Ray Poynor posted an image:
    21 Oct 2021
    Dan and Son Bob
    Dan and Son Bob

  6. Ray Poynor says:
    21 Oct 2021
    Dan the Man as I called him was the toughest man I know and the most gentle, He was a loving and devoted husband to my Sister and a great Father to my Nephew Bob. He was a Brother and good friend, Generous and kind. We will all miss him terribly. I'm Sure that our Mom was there to greet him and show him the way, as they had a great relationship also. I feel as long as we keep our loved ones in our hearts and think of them often they will always be with us. I know for me every time I see a Harley on the road I will think of him as he loved his bikes.
    Love you, Dan the Man. Cheers to when we meet again and we will ride together.

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