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April 9, 2013

Robert D. VanZandt

Robert D. VanZandt

ONEONTA — Lifelong Oneonta resident, Robert D. VanZandt, died on April 3, 2013, from medical complications at Kindred Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Robert was born on Feb. 2, 1933, the son of Emory and Lena VanZandt. 

Robert graduated from Oneonta High School in 1950 and attended Champlain College in Plattsburg for business and finance. He remained an Oneonta resident throughout his life.

He began a career with the Delaware and Hudson Railroad as a dispatcher until he entered the Air Force in January 1953. By the end of his military duty in 1958, Robert rose to the rank of Sergeant.  Robert became a loan officer and manager for public loans of both Oneonta and Norwich where he worked for many years. He later worked for Royal Chrysler Dodge in Oneonta as the finance manager until his retirement.

Robert remained active in local events through the VFW, Elks Club and the American Legion, where he was a past commander. He was an avid skier in his younger days and an enthusiastic golfer up until his death.

Robert’s accomplishments in life are defined mostly by his enduring love and support for each of his three children, Tanya Pondolfino of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Yana VanZandt of Oneonta, and Robert S. VanZandt of Chester, Vt. 

Robert is also survived by his grandchildren, Ryan and Lisa Reed, Randi Lee Reed, Adrienne Hester, and Kaitlin Lutzen; his great-grandchildren, Brandon and Tyler Reed; his brother, Douglas VanZandt and wife, Janet of Ashburn, Va.; his niece, Serena VanZandt; his nephews, Karl, Doug, and Kurt VanZandt; many great-nieces and nephews; and son-in-law, Joe Pondolfino.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Aaron Reed.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 12, at the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, 14 Grand St., Oneonta, at which time the family will be in attendance. 

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 13, at the funeral home. He will be laid to rest in the Glenwood Cemetery at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oneonta American Legion Post 259, Post Everlasting Fund, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY 13820.

Condolences to the family may be made online by at

Arrangements are by the Lester R. Grummons Funeral Home, Oneonta.  



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