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Beams Funeral Home

200 W Toledo St Box 5, Fremont, IN

OBITUARY

Richard James VanVoorhis

March 12, 1929February 10, 2020
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Richard J. VanVoorhis, age 90, of California, Township, Reading, Michigan, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020, at Masonville Place, Coldwater, Michigan.

He was born on March 12, 1929 in Midland, Michigan to Orson and Emma (Carpenter) VanVoorhis.

Richard graduated from Montgomery High School in 1943.

He was a lifetime farmer and also worked for the Auburn Foundry for several years.

Richard married Dorothy Ruth Nagler on October 5, 1964 in LaGrange, Indiana.

He served in the United States Army and was a member of the Montgomery American Legion Post.

His hobbies included farming, working in his garden, and fixing things for his farm and his neighbors.

Survivors include his wife Dorothy VanVoorhis of Reading, Michigan, two step-sons, Larry Briggs of Quincy, Michigan, and Harry (Bev) Briggs of Reading, Michigan, two daughters-in-law, Angie Briggs of Coldwater, Michigan, and Becky Briggs & Tony Myers of Reading, Michigan, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild, a sister, Donna (Richard) Bradford of Florida, and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by five step-sons, a brother, Robert VanVoorhis, and two sisters, Betty Hammond, and Bonnie Bradford.

Services will be held at 11 am Friday, February 14, 2020 at Beams Funeral Home, Fremont, Indiana.

Pastor Kenneth Pierpont and Pastor Mark Case will officiate the service.

Calling hours will be held from 5-7 pm Thursday at Beams Funeral Home.

Burial will be at California Cemetery, Branch County, Michigan.

Memorial donations are to the donor’s choice.

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Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Funeral Service Friday, February 14, 2020

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Becky Briggs-Myers

February 13, 2020

He is loved and will be missed! ❤️

Alessia Beiggs

February 11, 2020

I’m one of his great grandchildren. We have only gotten to see my great grandparents a handful of times since we lived overseas for a while but the times we did go I always remember feeling a warm welcome. I will remember him always in his overalls, ready to pick corn. I am glad we got the opportunity to see him this last summer of 2019. This is a picture of him and the boys in our family, Michael, Ron, and Harry. Rest In Peace. ❣️

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