West Amwell Twp.: Charles A. Van Ness, of West Amwell Township, NJ, passed away on Jan. 6, 2020 at Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell Twp., NJ. Born Charles H. Englewood on May 1, 1928, Charles was adopted as an infant by Edward Russell Van Ness and Grace Helen Van Ness and raised in Hopewell Township, NJ. He attended public school in Hopewell Township and Pennington before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1944. Charlie, as he was called by his many friends, took exceptional pride in being a decorated seagoing Marine. Over eight years he served in both the Pacific theatre and Korea, and received a Purple Heart for injuries he received during the Korean Conflict. He held the rank of Sergeant when he was discharged in 1954. Married to Sarah (Sally) Williamson Kendig in 1964 until her passing in 1990, Charlie worked for the New Jersey Department of Transportation for more than 30 years. He was an avid hunter, an accomplished mandolin player, and a wonderful storyteller. A community fixture in West Amwell for decades, Charlie attended the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church and was a long-time member of Amwell Lodge No. 12 of the Free & Accepted Masons. In addition to his wife, Charlie was predeceased by his stepdaughter Sally Dianne Church and his stepson Dennis Kelly Kendig. He is survived by his stepsons Patrick Kendig of Ewing Township, NJ, and Brian Kendig of Jarrettsville MD, along with nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Sunday January 12 at 2:00 pm at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, 39 Mt. Airy Village Road, Lambertville, NJ. Friends may visit on Sunday from 1:00 pm until the time of the service at the church. Following the service, interment with United States Marine Corps Military Honors will take place at Harbourton Cemetery, 1516 Harbourton-Rocktown Road, Lambertville. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church.
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