Ethan James VanDervort


Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 4-8 PM at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Trinity United Methodist Church, N. Third St., Conneaut Lake.

Ethan James VanDervort

Ethan James VanDervort, 29, of 11581 State Hwy. 98, Meadville, passed away Saturday, May 19th, 2012, at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie.

Ethan was born in Meadville, on November 30, 1982, a son of Dr. Jack K. and Maureen E. (Rio) VanDervort.

He attended Trinity United Methodist Church, Conneaut Lake.

Ethan was a 2001 graduate of Meadville Area Senior High School.  He matriculated at Allegheny College, Meadville and Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, Georgia. Ethan was gifted intellectually and had native ability. He was well liked by his teachers. Ethan was an exceptional proponent of chiropractic healthcare and had an extraordinary gift for referring folks to the natural benefits of its care, even at a young age. A consummate nature lover, he loved the outdoors, snowboarding and mountaineering. He summited Mount Rainer and Mt. Adams in Washington state as well as peaks in British Columbia, Canada and the Alinhorn in Switzerland. His traveling took him throughout the world to places such as Egypt and Kenya Africa, throughout Europe, the British Isles, Switzerland, Central and South America. After one of the first eco-expeditions to the Amazonian rainforest in Peru, Ethan was asked to return as a personal assistant to Dr. Lundie Spense of the Sea Grant Program of North Carolina.  Ethan was expressive artistically and enjoyed creating art in all mediums. He always credited Amara Geffen and Richard Schindler of Allegheny College for their artistic influence in his life. Working at the Casbah Restaurant in Pittsburgh, under the tutelage of executive chef, Eli Wahl, Ethan's enthusiasm for cooking was cultivated and he always felt right at home being in the kitchen.  While growing up, Ethan enjoyed volunteer service at the Humane Society and he had a strong love for his dog, Rambo.

Ethan's home was the world and he was at home in the world. His easy nature made him a friend to all and his friends were many and diverse. Ethan was a Lover and he came to know Jesus Christ as his personal savior. That will always be his greatest gift to us all and he will be forever missed.

In addition to his parents, Dr. Jack K. and Maureen E. VanDervort of Meadville, Ethan is survived by a sister Sarah E. Hunter and her husband Shawn of Richmond, VA, maternal grandfather William Rio, paternal grandfather, J.Kenneth VanDervort of Meadville and his childhood nanny, who helped to raise him, Ada Coblentz, now of North Carolina. His surviving aunts, uncles, cousins and many close family friends grieve his loss. 

Ethan was preceded in death by maternal grandmother Olga Rio, paternal grandmother Harriet June VanDervort and a cousin Brian Rio.

Family and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 from 4-8 PM at Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Trinity United Methodist Church, N. Third St., Conneaut Lake, with Pastors Dave Brumagin and Jay Sterling officiating.

Interment will take place in Greendale Cemetery, West Mead Twp.

Memorial contributions in Ethan's memory may be made to Humane Society of Crawford County, 11012 Kennedy Hill Road, Meadville, PA 16335.

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I am so sorry for your loss. I hadn't talked to him in a little while, but I loved him like a brother. we had countless adventures together and I'm saddened that I will never have the chance to again. I am at a loss for words, so I will send your family all of the Love that I possibly can. You are all in my prayers.

All of my Love
Casey McClelland

- Casey McClelland
May 20, 2012

I am so sorry for your loss. I remember Ethan as being kind & jovial. His artistic abilities were amazing, he had a true gift. My thoughts & prayers are with you as you go through this tough time. May the good memories of him be with you in the upcoming days.

Much Love & Peace

- Anonymous
May 20, 2012

My dearest Jack and heart goes out to you both at this time, may Ethan be blessed... <3 I am heartbroken and cannot even begin to understand your mutual grief...I am SO sorry for your loss...........

- Denise Jones
May 20, 2012

My dear Jack and Maureen. My heart breaks for your loss of your beautiful boy. I am so sorry.

- Robin Mitchell
May 21, 2012

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the lost of your son.

I hope the memories you cherish will help you all to get through your grief and to reach the comfort of knowing Ethan is at peace.

- Nell Simpson
May 21, 2012

Dearest Jack and Maureen.

We are deeply saddened to learn of your loss and send our heartfelt condolences. You, and your entire family, will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Tug & Kathie Roae

- Tug & Kathie Roae
May 21, 2012

I am so very sorry for your loss. May your memories carry you through this very difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

- Margie Molnar
May 21, 2012

Thinking of you with sincere sympathy

- JoAnn Bidwell
May 21, 2012


You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this time. Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

God bless,

Norman and Kathy Johnson

- Kathy Johnson
May 21, 2012

To Dr. Jack Maureen and Family,

I grieve with you over your loss of Ethan. I got to know Ethan so much better recently and found him to have an excellent and articulate mind. He expressed himself so well and in so many ways, but most beautifully spoken was his profession of Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour.
I rejoice, that through Ethan's faith, he is now at home resting comfortably in the arms of God with all of heaven awaiting his exploration. I know someday you all will be reunited and Ethan will show you the wonders of heaven he has discovered while waiting for you. He always spoke lovingly and admirably of you all. May the God of peace comfort you today and in the days ahead.

In God's Love,
Dennis Cole

- Dennis Cole
May 21, 2012