2017-06-15 / Obituaries

Vincent Alvin Van Zandt

A memorial service for Vincent Van Zandt, 64, of Giddings, will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Sundown Community Center in Sundown, Texas. A visitation was held on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Phillips and Luckey Funeral Home in Giddings.

He defined his life by beating his own drum.

Vincent Van Zandt was born in Levelland Texas, where he spent his childhood as the youngest of a family of 7. He always kept a special place in his heart for his loved ones that preceded him in death, including his mother Ruth Van Zandt, his father Otto Van Zandt, his brother Joel Van Zandt, his sister Tommie Van Zandt-Perry, and baby brother Victor Avin Van Zandt. He took pride in keeping their memories alive with the telling of fond childhood and life memories. Many of these stories included his big brother, Verlon Alvis Van Zandt, a man he always held close to his heart, and also Vincent’s partner in crime, best friend and nephew, Steve Perry.

At the age of 32, he took Terri (Hilton) Van Zandt as his wife and stepped in to be the father of two kids, Christi Van Zandt and Cody Van Zandt. Shortly thereafter, he brought two more daughters into this world, Lacy Van Zandt and Zana Van Zandt.

Dad left us with many things including: his individuality (Zana), his stubbornness (Lacy), his independence (Christi), and his knowledge of how to be a good man (Cody). He gave us what he thought we needed and I like to think that he was right. He made us what we are today, a family.

He was a connoisseur of hobbies, too many to list. He was the inventor of the cow chip clock and master of the long way around.

He was an adored and respected father-in-law to Ashley Abbey and Sam Cannon, whom he loved and cared for as much as he loved his own children.

He gave his nine grandkids: Shelbie Lyn Abbey, Kelsi D’lane Abbey, Macie BreAnn Gonzales, Brody Alvin Abbey, Baylee Augustine Abbey, Greyson Allister Abbey, Marley Ruth Cannon, Ever Nyx Cannon, Odin Fletcher Manley Cannon, a love that only their “Papa” could give.

To the love of his life he gave 32 years, and I am sure more than a few good stories and memories.

Now he leaves us as he begins his journey, to boldly go where no man has gone before. This is only a fraction of his legacy.

You wore many hats, “Dad/Papa/Vincent”. Long after you have reached the stars, your stories and love will carry on.

We love you a bushel and a peck.

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