Roy Paul Van Buskirk, of Spring Valley, died Monday, October 26, 2020 at Country Winds Manor Care Center in Cresco, IA.
Roy was born on November 4th, 1951, in Brownsdale, MN, the son of Owen and Lillian (Chapman) Van Buskirk. He graduated from Hayfield High School. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam where he worked on Army helicopters as a mechanic.
He was united in marriage to Luann (Greenwood) Jones on December 13, 1975; to this union they had one son, Eric Van Buskirk. They were later divorced.
Roy grew up on a farm outside of Brownsdale. He worked many years at the Greenleafton Garage and Abe’s Auto Body where he made his reputation as an amazing mechanic and auto body technician. Roy continued to enjoy life on the farm and had his own business, Van Buskirk Repair, where he restored many John Deere tractors, 1950 pick-ups and older cars. Roy’s love for antique tractors was his job and his love; he owned a Model T for a few years and had an appreciation for the antiques. Roy enjoyed fishing, he went on many fishing trips to Canada with his brothers, friends and his son and family.
Roy will be remembered by his son, Eric (Kate) Van Buskirk of Spring Valley, stepdaughter Stephanie Foster of Oronoco, MN; 2 grandchildren Vondra and Owen; 4 brothers Harry (Beverly) Van Buskirk of Sargeant, MN, Wayne Van Buskirk of Rochester, MN, Gary (Laura) Van Buskirk of Rose Creek, MN, and Paul Van Buskirk of Swea City, IA; 2 sisters Lois Frieden of Bemidji, MN, and Linda (Wayne) Jorgenson of Sargeant, MN; many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Owen and Lillian, three brothers John, Harold and Loyd, and brother-in-law Virgil Frieden.
The family would like to thank Howard County Community Hospice for their help.
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