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Friends remember Eastern Kentucky businessman Danny VanHoose

By: Michelle Heron, Whitney Burks Email
By: Michelle Heron, Whitney Burks Email
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JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT)- Remembering the life of Danny VanHoose
By: Whitney Burkes- February 3, 2014

Folks throughout the mountains gathered together today to remember a man who valued the community he lived in. People paid tribute to Appalachian Wireless Marketing Director Danny VanHoose today at his funeral.

When we asked friends to tell us about VanHoose, we received many different answers.

Sam Carter said he was, “A brother, a father, a son, a husband and a Godly man.”

Keith Casebolt stated during the funeral, “There is not enough time to say all the things that could be said about the man who was Danny VanHoose.”

But there was a common theme at Monday’s service, Danny VanHoose was respected, valued, loved throughout much of the region.

Keith Casebolt went on to say, “He was such a good man, and saying it still seems to fall short to express what is truly in the hearts of all who mourn him. Danny had the gift of making everyone feel important.”

He was marketing director for Appalachian Wireless, served on various community boards, and cared deeply about moving his region forward.

VanHoose's death shocked the communities he loved and his impact was evident by the number of mourning friends and family Monday.

Danny VanHoose was just 49 years old. He leaves behind his wife Wendi and two sons Eric and Jacob.

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Visitation for Danny VanHoose on Sunday, February 2nd, has been moved to Johnson County Middle School at 4 p.m.

Visitation was originally scheduled at East Point Church of Christ.

The funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Coal Run Church of Christ in Pike County.

WYMT will stream VanHoose's funeral service live on wymt.com.
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Friends remember Eastern Kentucky businessman Danny VanHoose
By: Whitney Burks 6:00 PM January 31, 2014

Folks throughout the region are mourning the loss of a man they call irreplaceable.

Danny VanHoose was the marketing director and the face of Appalachian Wireless.

Officials say he died last night from a single gunshot wound.

Foul play is not suspected.

Many say his loss is a void which cannot be filled.

Three words are used over and over again to describe Danny VanHoose.

"Caring, heartfelt, passionate person," said Jared Arnett, President of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

His death came as a shock, rocking the small communities he fought hard for.

"I don't know where you separate Danny VanHoose from his passion for Eastern Kentucky because it was one in the same," said Keith Casebolt, VanHoose's friend and business partner.

On top of working as Marketing Director for Appalachian Wireless VanHoose served on the boards for the University of Pikeville, the East Kentucky Expo Center and the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce letting his passion lead the way.

"From the get go I could see in his face and everything that he said, growing the community was his priority," said Arnett.

Fiends say there was also so much more to VanHoose than work.

"Most of us spend our time thinking about our wants, our wishes and dreams. Danny spent all of his time thinking about yours," said Casebolt.

"He knew everybody, and it didn't matter who you were you were his best friend," said Arnett.

He enjoyed the simple things in life and valued family above all.

"Loved his wife, his kids, his church. Danny was the all American guy," said Casebolt.

They say his death leaves a gaping hole in Eastern Kentucky

"I ought to go ahead and tell you, you won't replace him. I don't know how you fill it," said Casebolt.

And it leaves a community that will never be the same.

The visitation for VanHoose will be Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and again Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at the East Point Church of Christ in Johnson County.

The funeral will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday at the Coal Run Church of Christ in Pike County.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Danny VanHoose was only 49.
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EKY region remembers businessman for his commitment to his community
By: Michelle Heron 4:00 PM January 31, 2014

The Eastern Kentucky region is remembering the life of a man that gave so much to his community.

The Johnson County coroner says Danny VanHoose died Thursday of a gunshot wound. Officials say no foul play is suspected.

I sat down with Danny last September when he teamed up with friend and fellow businessman Bruce Walters, Jr. for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2nd Annual Light the Night Awareness Walk.

He sat down with me for a one-on-one interview about how his life changed when his son was diagnosed with cancer.

“Doctor Hasley looks at Eric and says you’ve tested positive with Hodgkins Lymphoma,” Danny said.

The cause, hitting close to his heart, after his son Eric was diagnosed with blood cancer at just 21 years old.

Danny told me about one of the toughest moments he experienced as a father, watching his son fight for his life.

“He was laying on his side with his knees pulled up and they’re extracting the bone marrow from his back, he’s gripping my hand and he’s got a pretty good grip, but at that moment, I wouldn’t have cared if he had broke it,” Danny added.

Hundreds of volunteers came to the Pikeville awareness walk in memory and honor of those affected by blood cancer.

Many say Danny’s involvement is a true reflection of the man he was: one that wanted the best for his family as well as the Eastern Kentucky region as a whole.

Danny VanHoose was only 49.


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