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Kevin R. VanOrman
November 30, 1952 ~ December 6, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Kevin R VanOrman, 71, of Aurora, NY passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 6, 2023 with his family by his side. A lifelong resident of Aurora, NY, Kevin was born November 30, 1952, in Auburn, NY to James and Isabelle VanOrman of Aurora, NY.
Kevin was a 40+ year employee of Wells College as a maintenance worker and heavy machinery operator in the Buildings & Grounds department. You could often find Kevin operating the college’s backhoe around campus and the village.
From a young age, Kevin had a love of the outdoors and in later years was known as a dendrophile, bird watcher, and gardener. He took pride in his plant and rock gardens, and loved sitting under the gazebo watching the birds visit their feeders. Kevin would also spend time stargazing and staying up late to catch meteor showers.
Kevin was fascinated by emerging technologies and always had to have the latest gadgets to explore - from cell phones as big as your head in the 90s, to VR glasses and the newest smart phones. But what Kevin loved above all was his family. Always supportive, loving, and incredibly proud of the family he and Kit created; he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather - or “Opa” as he is known to his grandchildren. He loved giving his grandchildren coins and solving maze books with them. Kevin also cultivated a large extended family of friends near and far. To all, Kevin was approachable, ready to listen, and comforting when you needed it. He could be your second father, big brother, or kind friend.
Surviving Kevin is his wife, Kit Harrison VanOrman, their two children: Rebecca VanOrman (Jorge Lugo), and Jason VanOrman (Katie); and his four grandchildren: Wesley, Arlo, Dalia, and Harrison; as well as his sisters: Isabel Lester and Juanita Wilson, and his many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents James and Isabelle VanOrman, his brother James “Nicky” VanOrman Jr, and sister Mary Anne Chapin.
A service to celebrate the life of Kevin will be at 1PM, on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 303 Main Street, in Aurora, NY. A reception for family and friends will follow. An interment will be held privately for the family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in support of the Aurora Volunteer Fire Department.