Calling hours will be held at French Funeral Home in Edwards on Friday, August 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. There will be a graveside service held in the South Russell Cemetery on Saturday, August 19th at 11:00 a.m. with military honors. There will be a celebration of life gathering at the Wayside Tavern following the graveside service.
David was born on November 29, 1951 in Potsdam to the late Clayton G. and Blanche A. (Tousley) VanBrocklin. He graduated from the Knox Memorial High School in 1969. A marriage to Judy Forbes ended in divorce.
He served in the United States Army from 1971 until his honorable discharge in 1973. Dave received the National Defense Service Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), the Good Conduct Medal, and was a qualified marksman and an expert with both the M16 and .45 Cal. Pistol.
David was an over road truck driver for many years and was a member of the Teamsters #687. In his free time, Dave liked what most north country men do; he liked to hunt, fish, drink beer and chase women.
His survivors include two sons, Clayton and Kelly VanBrocklin, Bernard “Bernie” and Tracy VanBrocklin; his sister, Joyce and Kenneth Delorme; brothers, Arnold VanBrocklin, Max and Deborah VanBrocklin; and 5 grandchildren.
Donations in memory of David may be made to the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, PO Box 291, Canton NY 13617 or to Hospice of St. Lawrence Valley, 6805 US Hwy. 11, Potsdam, NY 13676. Condolences may be shared online at www.frenchfuneralhomes.com.