Harry J. Van Loock III

Harry J. Van Loock, III

October 13, 1945 – February 11, 2018

Harry was born October 13, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA. After high school, Harry attended Forest Ranger School in Lake City, Florida, where he earned his certification to work as a timber surveyor with the U.S. Forest Service. Harry went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry from the University of Florida, and his Master’s in Forestry and Economics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

In 1972, Harry went to work with the Proctor and Gamble Company in Perry. While with the company, he was transferred to Americus, Georgia and Levelland, Texas before returning to Perry to spend the remainder of his 30-year career as the lands and timber manager. Harry served as President of the Florida Forestry Association from 1990-1991, and was a member of the Perry Kiwanis Club.

As a notable accomplishment, Harry was pictured in the December 1988 issue of National Geographic Magazine, which featured a story of the Nature Conservancy’s effort to preserve land for wildlife management, and Proctor and Gamble’s role as one of the largest contributors to it.

In retirement, Harry enjoyed a morning coffee group with friends, reading and spending time with family.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents, Harry J. Van Loock, Jr., and Rita Van Loock. He is survived by his wife of 49 years Meredyth Van Loock; a daughter Marla (Van Loock) Howard; son Austin Van Loock; sister Donna M. Van Loock and her life partner Susan Wynne of Jacksonville; two grandchildren, Matteline and Millie Carson Howard.

The family would like to extend a thank you to our special friends Justin Brock and Priscilla Tripp. Marla Howard, along with the family, would like to thank Darell Upshaw for his continued love and support.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Subway Dixon Rescue, a not-for-profit, no-kill animal shelter, at 205 Dogwood Way, Perry, FL 32348