In Memory

Rene J Ven de Velde - Class Of 1953


Washington 1953 Rene J Ven de Velde

June 21, 1937 - Oct. 14, 2016

SOUTH BEND - Rene J. Van de Velde of San Diego, California died Friday, October 14, 2016 in Forrest City, Arkansas at the age of 81. Rene was born in South Bend, Indiana to George and Martha (De Lee) Van de Velde. He went to Sacred Heart Grade School and graduated from Washington High School in 1953. Rene was an engineer for Cubic Corp. in San Diego, California for 29 years. He married JoAnn Cozart in 1980 aftrer meeting her on a Carnival Cruise. They have been happily married for 36 years. Rene was an avid sports fan, especially of Notre Dame. He was a self-proclaimed statistician and a world wide traveler. He served his country in the U.S. Army, active service 1954 until 1956 and in the reserves until 1964. Rene is survived by his wife JoAnn of San Diego and Wynne, Arkansas; daughters, Sandi Lane of Ohio and Brenda Thiel of Florida; his sister, Alice (Dave) Toth of South Bend, Indiana, two grandsons and six great-grandchildren. Rene was preceded in death by his parents.

Published in South Bend Tribune on Oct. 23, 2016