Died: 29 Mar 1937 — Hot Springs, SD
From the Grant County Press, Petersburg, WV:
How Guy Van Fleet Met Death Recently
Crushed While Standing In A Garage In Hot Springs,
Few Weeks Ago
A clipping from a South Dakota paper gives us the following concerning the death of Guy Van Fleet, a native of our county:
Guy Van Fleet, well known Gordon [NE] resident, died Monday at a Hot Springs, S.D. Hospital, as a result of terrible injuries he received the previous Tuesday when he was crushed against a wall by a truck in the Nelson Chevrolet Garage in Hot Springs.
Mr. Van Fleet had driven his truck to Hot Springs and before leaving for home, had decided to have some minor repair work done. He went into the garage, leaving his truck outside. A mechanic of the company went out to drive the truck in, Mr. Van Fleet standing by the wall by the door. As the truck was driven in, it suddenly swerved catching Mr. Van Fleet and crushed him against the wall. His abdomen was crushed and though he was rushed to a hospital and all that medical aid could do was done, yet he passed away. the Nelson company is said to have public liability insurance and they took charge of the funeral arrangements.
Guy Otterman Van Fleet was born in Petersburg, West Virginia, October 3, 1883, and passed away at the Lutheran Hospital in Hot Springs, South Dakota, March 29, 1937, after a brief illness of but seven days.
Mr. Van Fleet was united in marriage to Miss Esta Feaster of Petersburg, West Virginia, December 24, 1909, and there they made their home until fourteen years ago [about 1923]. From Petersburg they came to Northwest Nebraska, and located with their family on the Hull ranch north of Gordon. Here they lived for seven years, after which they moved to Gordon [about 1930], where they were living at the time of his death.
He leaves to mourn his departure his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. John Van Fleet of this city [Petersburg, WV]; his wife, Esta, and their seven children, Anna Merle, William, Sarah Blanche, John, Margaret, Bobby and Edna; five brothers and three sisters.