Robert Howard Van Vlack

Robert Howard Van Vlack, 88, of New Paltz, died on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at Ferncliff Nursing Home in Rhinebeck, New York.

Born on Wednesday, July 30, 1930, in Poughkeepsie, he was the son of Raymond and Gertrude Rudolph Van Vlack. Robert was raised by his maternal grandparents; John and Mary Denslinger-Rudolph.

He married Shirley Curran on March 24, 1951, at the Hending Methodist Church, Poughkeepsie. Shirley died on October 6, 2017.

Robert earned a Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of Albany in 1952. He owned and operated Van Vlack Pharmacy in New Paltz until his retirement. After retirement Robert spent numerous years as a docent for the Huguenot Historic Society sharing his love of history with others.

Surviving are his son, Keith Van Vlack, daughter, Joy Van Vlack-Weis, daughter, Laura Van Vlack; son, Mark Van Vlack; beloved grandchildren, Courtney, Haley, Kelly, Elisha, Bryan, Kyle, Erik , Luke, 13 great grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his two sons, Jonathan Van Vlack in 2005, David Weis in 2016 and his loving wife Shirley in 2017.

Friends and relatives may call from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Sweet’s Funeral Home, Inc., Route 9, Hyde Park, NY.

Cremation took place at Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Robert’s family respectfully requests memorial donations to Huguenot Historical Society.

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