Clarence "Van" VanLeer, Jr.

December 17, 1930 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 93) 93 Years Old

Clarence "Van" VanLeer, Jr. Obituary

Family will receive friends on Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. until time of service at 10:00 a.m. at White's Funeral and Cremation Services, 867 S. James Road, Columbus, OH 43227. Interment: Glen Rest Memorial Estate.

Clarence "Van" VanLeer Jr., was born in Toledo, OH to Clarence VanLeer Sr., and Laura Jenkins on December 17, 1930.  He departed this life on January 28, 2024, at the age of 93. 

He attended school in Toledo, OH, then joined the United States Army.  On September 11, 1949, Van welcomed a baby daughter, Belinda VanLeer, into this world.  He was an avid sports fan of basketball, football, and baseball.  He played baseball with an organized team while living in Toledo before moving to Columbus.  In April 1977, he married Bettie Barton and became a father to another daughter, Stephanie Barton.  He retired from the Columbus City Schools System as a Head Custodian and worked in several schools in this capacity throughout his career. 

Van enjoyed spending time with family and friends especially his grandchildren, when he could. He was always the one to make jokes and gave everyone a nickname because he enjoyed talking about everyone to make us laugh.  

Van is preceded in death by his wife, Bettie VanLeer; daughter, Belinda VanLeer; parents, Clarence VanLeer Sr., and Laura Jenkins; sisters, Bessie VanLeer and Elizabeth VanLeer.  He leaves to cherish his memory, daughter Stephanie Barton; granddaughters, Valecia (Jermaine) Morehead, and Tyra VanLeer; niece, Tina VanLeer; nephews, Louis VanLeer, Edward VanLeer, and Avery Smaw as well as other family and friends.   

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February 3, 2024

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
White's Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel
867 S. James Road
Columbus, OH 43227

Funeral Service
February 3, 2024

10:00 AM
White's Funeral & Cremation Services Chapel
867 S. James Road
Columbus, OH 43227

Interment following funeral service
February 3, 2024

Glen Rest Memorial Estate
8029 E. Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068


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