Cover photo for Elwin R. VAN ETTEN's Obituary


July 26, 1935 — May 13, 2020

Elwin R. VAN ETTEN, 84, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in his home.

Born July 26, 1935, in Harrison Valley, he was the son of Russell and Elberta Brimmer Van Etten.

On January 14, 1953, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Helen White, who predeceased him May 27, 2014.

Elwin and his wife owned and operated a farm in Harrison Valley for many years.  He was a member of the NYS Horse Pullers Association and the PA Farm Bureau.

Surviving are:  six children, Elwin “Rusty” (Carolyn) Van Etten, II of Ulysses, Carol Sue (Philip) Rounds of TX, William H. (Melody) Van Etten of Harrison Valley, Veronica (Joseph) Ciotti of Selinsgrove, Sherry (Brian) Fuhrer of Harrison Valley, and David (Kathy) Van Etten of Wellsville, NY;  16 grandchildren;  31 great-grandchildren;  two great-great-grandsons;  two sisters, Marlea Mathew of Pittsburgh and Bonnie (Donald) Williammee of Harrison Valley;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by two sons, Russell L. Van Etten and Robert E. Van Etten;  a grandson, Travis Fuhrer;  a sister, Donna Mullican;  a brother, Carl D. Van Etten;  and his step-father, Bert Saxton.

The immediate family will hold a private viewing and funeral at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  The Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

A live webcast for the public will be available 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 16, 2020 on at the bottom of Elwin’s obituary page.

Memorials may be made to UPMC Cole Hospice or Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

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