Breitenbach-Anderson Funeral Home

517 South Sutphin Street, Middletown, OH


Richard Leland Van Ostrand

February 3, 1961February 3, 2020

Richard Leland Van Ostrand, 59, of Middletown, Ohio passed away unexpectedly February 3, 2020. Rick was born on February 3, 1961 to Owen and Ida Mae Van Ostrand in Middletown, OH. In 1979, Rick met Therese shortly before their high school graduation. They fell in love almost instantly and were lifelong best friends and partners. In July 1983 Rick joined the US Navy. Shortly after Rick joined the service Rick and Therese were wed. Rick proudly served in San Diego as a photographer at NAS Miramar and aboard the USS Enterprise. He was deployed on three WESTPACS in the Pacific, Indian, and Mediterranean oceans, in 1984, 1986, and 1988. They welcomed their beloved daughters Katrina in 1985 in San Diego and Hannah in 1996 in Middletown. Rick was known as “Ricky V” and Rick Van Awesome within the music community in the Middletown area. Rick was passionate about music. He played guitar, sang, and performed with many different groups, bands, and at open mics over the years. He was most proud of his newest band, Justice 5, and his trio, On Air. At family gatherings and at home nothing brought Rick more joy than sharing his gift of music. Anyone who knew Rick knew that he was the most loving and devoted father and husband a family could ask for. His girls and grandsons were the light of his life. Rick was preceded in death by his mother, Ida Mae (Nolan) Van Ostrand and his father, Owen Van Ostrand. He is survived by his wife Therese (Homer) Van Ostrand, his daughters Stephanie (Osborn) Schatz, Katrina (Van Ostrand) Ball, and Hannah Van Ostrand, his siblings, Badonna Reece, Tim & Sandy (Sutherland) Van Ostrand, Dale & Karen (Tischer) Van Ostrand, his precious grandsons, Gavin Schatz, Lucas Ball, and numerous nieces and nephews, and many friends. Services will be held at 1:30 pm Saturday at the Breitenbach Anderson Funeral Home with Dr. Dan Flory, Celebrant. Visitation will be from 5:00 – 8:00 pm Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Heart Association. Please visit www.breitenbach-anderson.com to share a memory or condolence.


  • American Heart Association


  • Visitation Friday, February 7, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, February 8, 2020


Richard Leland Van Ostrand

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Teresa Brown

February 10, 2020

Theresa and family, I just wanted to let you know your in my thoughts and prayers. May your many happy memories comfort you and the Lords loving arms hold you close and fill you with peace and love. Love Teresa (You had my son Jesse in 1st grade your first year at Highview. ) God Bless

Rob McCulley

February 8, 2020

Met Rick through his music. Thank you for sharing your talents with Middletown

John House

February 7, 2020

A great friend and musician. I will miss him and I grieve with his family and friends.

Benita Osborn-Gaddy

February 7, 2020

Sending love to your wife and 3 amazing daughters!!! I had the opportunity to be your friend through school and then as a fantastic Dad to Steph - there are so many people that you touched throughout your short 59 years here - we should all be and love life like you showed us - fly high Ricky V 😢

Deanna Bever (Brooks)

February 7, 2020

I met Rick in orchestra in middle school. We had so much fun with our cool teacher, Miss Martin. Rick always had a fabulously, contagious smile. He loved his family dearly and always talked about them. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and daughters. Til we meet again my friend R.I.P.

Leisa Suttles

February 7, 2020

I’ll always remember how nice you were to me. always smiling and always giving hugs. You loved to share the Music and through your music we could feel your soul. Rest Easy Rick you will be missed.
I’m not going to be at your celebration but I’m praying for your family

Stephanie Greenham

February 7, 2020

Ms.Stephanie Greenham
So sorry for your loss.Prayers are with you and the family .

Cynda Kash

February 6, 2020

There is nothing fun about waiting in the waiting room of your car mechanic for your car to get worked on ( even if you like him) . Imagine my surprise when I saw Rick come through the door with his usual zest and sweetness . I loved the hug and the chat that ensued . But- that was Rick- always- sweet and cheerful and made you feel happy to see him- and made you feel like he was genuinely glad to see you- which was ALWAYS the case. God’s speed Rick. A bright light is gone from our sight.

Jessica Ponder

February 6, 2020

A few years back I had the privilege of working along side Rick at Goodsamaritain. I loved our talks and time spent doing cardiac scans. You were sunshine on dark days, always smiling and brining the best care to your patients. Rick, you touched the lives of many and will surly be missed. My sincerest condolences to family and friends.

Lisa Pence

February 6, 2020

You will never hit a bad note now! We miss you from afar. Our love and prayers for Teresa and the girls' family and friends. You touched many!