Richard F. Van Beek, 86, of rural New Florence, Mo, died at 11:39 p.m. on Monday, April 16, 2012, at the Golden Living Center/Gamma Road Lodge in Wellsville, Mo.
Richard Francis Van Beek was born April 12, 1926 in St. Louis, Mo., to Stephen and Florence Knapp Van Beek. Richard grew up in Starkenburg, Mo., and was a Veteran of the Navy serving in World War II. He married Margaret Bernat on December 2, 1950 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Montgomery City, Mo.
Richard kept very busy farming and raising cattle and hogs, he delivered Sunday papers for many years, and he retired from Montgomery Co. R-II School as a custodian.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, the Knights of Columbus, the Montgomery VFW Post, and a member of the Montgomery County Area Retired School Personnel. Mr. Van Beek was a past member of the Immaculate Conception Over Fifty Club and of the New Florence Community Club.
He served for a number of years on the New Florence Telephone Board.
Richard enjoyed gardening, playing cards with family, cooking, especially breads and cookies, and enjoyed visiting with his family and friends. Mr. Van Beek is survived by his wife of over 61 wonderful years, Margaret Bernat Van Beek of rural New Florence, Mo.; four children: Deborah Lou Ray and husband, Mike, of Vandalia, Mo.; Richard John Van Beek and wife, Marie, of Baxter, Iowa; Michael Francis Van Beek and wife, Lora of Fayette, Mo.; and Mark Stephen Van Beek and wife, Jinny, of Edmond, Okla.; 10 grandchildren: Brian Van Beek and wife, Shaina; Paul Van Beek and wife, Crystal; Stephen Van Beek and friend, Megan Petermeier, all of Baxter, Iowa; Claire Van Beek of Edmond, Okla.; Michelle Bishop of Butte, Montana; Elizabeth Van Beek, Emily Van Beek, and James Van Beek, all of Fayette, Mo.; Ashley Niemeyer and husband, Ryan, of Fenton, Mo.; and Rachel Ray and fiancee, Adam Williams, of Farmington, Mo.; three great-grandchildren: Rylee, Callie, and Jackson, all of Baxter, Iowa; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Mr. Van Beek is also survived by two sisters: Marguerite Van Booven and friend, Harold Scheidegger of Hermann, Mo.; and Aurea Meyer and husband, Lowell of Wentzville, Mo. Richard is also survived by his beloved dog, Princess; and his black cat, BoJake. Mr. Van Beek was preceded in death by his parents, Stephen and Florence Knapp Van Beek.
A Funeral Mass was held at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Immaculate Conception Church in Montgomery City, Mo. The Reverend Gregory Oligschlaeger officiated. Interment with full military honors was held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, near Montgomery City, Mo. Visitation was held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Schlanker Funeral Home in Montgomery City, Mo. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Casketbearers include Mr. Van Beek’s grandchildren: Brian, Paul, Stephen, Claire, Elizabeth, Emily and James Van Beek, Michelle Bishop, Ashley Niemeyer, and Rachel Ray.
Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Immaculate Conception Church; the Immaculate Conception School or to the Honor Flight, c/o Schlanker Funeral Home, 207 Danville Road, Montgomery City, Mo. 63361. Condolences may be made to www.schlankerfuneralhome.com