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Earl J. Van Tassel, Jr.

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EVANS MILLS- Earl J. Van Tassel, Jr., 93, of Rogers Road passed away December 24 at home.

Born February 25 in Theresa, he was the only child of Earl J. and Bertha Meyers Van Tassel and graduated from Theresa High School in 1939.

He married Doris Hoover on October 17, 1942 in Theresa.

Mr. Van Tassel served in the United States Army during World War II.

He owned and operated a farm on the Oxbow Road in Theresa, worked for the New York Artificial Breeders Cooperative (NYABC) for twenty years, drove truck for Van Tassel Moving and Storage and the NAPA Auto Parts of Syracuse, retiring in 1990.

Mr. Van Tassel played violin and piano and was an accomplished musician. He belonged to the Liberty Fiddlers Association.

He loved towing water skiers at his camp on Lake of the Woods, was known for his helpfulness, especially when people were broke down along the road. He especially enjoyed being with his family, donating his time for teaching people to read with Literacy Volunteers.

Survivors include two sons and their wives, Walter and Trudy, Watertown and Curtis and Karen, Kannapolis, NC; a daughter and her husband, Linda and Bruce Drake, Redwood; a daughter-in-law, Anna Van Tassel, Parish; thirteen grandchildren; twenty nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.

Two sons, Larry and Michael and a daughter-in-law, Barbara Carrio passed away before him.

The funeral will be at 2 pm Saturday at Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa with Pastor David Snyder of the Evans Mills and Philadelphia United Methodist Churches officiating. Burial at Oakwood Cemetery will be in the spring.

Calling hours are noon to 2 pm prior to the funeral at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Fiddlers Liberty Association or Hospice of Jefferson County.

Condolences may be made online at

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