A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life will be held 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Atkinson. The Rev. R. Anthony Lee and the Rev. Gerard VerHoye will celebrate. Per his request, cremation rites will be accorded following the service, and inurnment will take place Tuesday at St. Anthony's Cemetery, Atkinson. Military honors for Rich will be accorded following the Mass, at the church, by the Atkinson American Legion. Visitation for Rich will be 3-7 p.m. Sunday at the Atkinson Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes, where a prayer service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Memorials may be left to the Henry County Fair Association or the Atkinson Rescue Squad.
Rich was born Dec. 27, 1924, in rural Annawan, the son of William and Emma VanDeVoorde Vyneman. He was a graduate of Annawan High School and was united in marriage to Janet DeDecker Sept. 3, 1949, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Atkinson.
He served in the U.S. Army in Japan during World War II as a tech sergeant in the 204th Ordinance. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Army Occupation Medal, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Rich worked at an early age on the family farm and later farmed in the Annawan and Atkinson areas. Rich started working at the Henry Service company in Atkinson, and sold Golden Harvest for 25 years. He played fast pitch softball for the Atkinson Powerhouse team. He hit the winning home run in a game against the King and His Court. He won the Carlot Heifer Show and Sale held at the Peoria Union Stockyard in 1975. He raised many champion pigs for his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a great love for livestock, beginning in FFA. He was never happier than sitting in the stands at the county or state fairs. He loved hunting and in 1998, he shot the buck of his lifetime that is registered in the Boone and Crockett Record Book.
Rich was a Western League Rolle Bolle Champion and belonged to the Annawan and Atkinson Rolle Bolle Clubs. He belonged to the Henry County Farm Bureau, VFW Post 7176, Charles DeCrane Post 724, 40/8 La Chateau and the North American Hunting Club.
Survivors include his wife, Janet; four daughters (and spouses), Deb (Len) Franks, Annawan, Kathy (Dave) Rakestraw, Annawan, Annette (Jeff) Morosko, Annawan, and Maureen (Joe) Hasbrook, Sheffield; 13 grandchildren, Raquel Frankenreider, Shannon (Chelsea) Frankenreider, Kelsey Rakestraw, Heath Rakestraw, Tony (Jen) Franks, Tracy (Joel) Hansen, Tyler Morosko, Shane Morosko, Alyssa Morosko, Tory (Heather) VanOpdorp, Tara VanOpdorp-Goodwin; two stepgrandchildren, Jason Hasbrook and Kylee Hasbrook; 10 great-grandchildren, Matthew and Dallas Franks, Logan, Brent and Vance Hansen, Payton Frankenreider, Baylor Frankenreider, Hailey and Kade VanOpdorp, Tayler Goodwin and Malachi Bailey; one sister, Marlene Butler, Darien, Ill.
Rich was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Francis Reider.
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