JASPER – Richard D. VanValkenburg, age 86, of Jasper, passed away on January 27, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on May 2, 1931, in Adrian to Lear D. and Lucy E. (Blum) VanValkenburg. He graduated from Metamora High School. On August 28, 1954, he married Marjorie Klump and she survives. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955, and he had the privilege of driving for Admiral Carney. Richard loved to bring a smile to all he met. He retired from Akzo Chemical as an electrician. Richard faithfully served at Fairfield Baptist Church, Faith Baptist Church, and Jasper Bible Church during the course of his life.
In addition to his wife, Marjorie, he is survived by a son, Daniel L. VanValkenburg of Ogden; two daughters, Judith (Dave Sweet) Fee of Clayton and Jeanette (Kevin) Crow of Adrian; 7 grandchildren, Michael Betz, Christina (Jeremy) Halter, Holli (Joel) Clewis, Kelli (Ming) Si, Alaina (Shawn) Ellison, Chad VanValkenburg, and Spencer Crow, 16 great grandchildren, Haley and Blake Betz, Shyann Betz and Preston Hanning, Eli Halter, Ashlyn and Avery Clewis, Jacob, Caleb and Benjamin Si, Andrea (Kenny) Jones, Jacob, Michael, (Mia), Jace, Kit and Asher Ellison, 2 great-great grandchildren, Mason and Zoey Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lear D. and Lucy E. (Blum) a son, John A. VanValkenburg in infancy, a sister, Lois J. (C. Robert) Johnson , two great grandsons, Jordan Michael Betz and Ethan Halter.
A Memorial service for Richard will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at the Jasper Bible Church with Rev. Bruce Jewett officiating. Full Military Rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #97 and V.F.W. Post #1584 Annis-Flint. Visitation will take place on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of Service at Jasper Bible Church. Burial of cremains will be at a later date in Ogden Township Cemetery.
You may send condolences to the family at www.andersonfuneralservices.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Jasper Bible Church, Great Lakes Hospice or the charity of your choice. Envelopes are available at the Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian