Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Van G. Markel, Jr.

May 16, 1933 – June 14, 2022 (age 89)

Newburgh, NY

Van G. Markel, Jr., of Newburgh, entered into rest on Tuesday, June 14, 2022. He was 89.

Son of the late Van G. Markel, Sr. and Julia (Yablonsky) Markel, he was born on May 16, 1933 in Newburgh, NY.

Van proudly served his country in the US Army in Korea and earned a Purple Heart for his bravery. He was the retired owner operator of J. Van Contracting, Newburgh. He enjoyed skiing both snow and water along with motor boating. Van loved music and played the piano. He was very skilled in construction, woodworking and painting. Dear to him were his many camping trips with his children and his summers with them in Old Forge.

Survivors include his wife Maureen; three sons, Van T. (Liz Geier) Markel of Queens, NY, Daniel M. Markel of South Carolina and J. Douglas (Cheyenne Bear) Markel of Gardiner, NY; two daughters, Katherine M. (Steven) Miller of Ormond Beach, FL and Kristen (Beaux Blackwood) Markel of Walden; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Alice (Purtell) Markel in 1972 a brother, Robert Markel, and his grandson Jared Markel in 2018.

A private Graveside Service will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Donations in Van’s name can be made to Wounded Warriors Project at

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