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Richard VanDyke

Richard A. "Dick" VanDyke

Thursday, May 27th, 1948 - Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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Obituary

Richard Allen “Dick” VanDyke passed away on July 2, 2020. He is survived by his wife Jane of 48 years, son Matthew (Carissa), daughters Rachel (James) Verhagen and Sarah (Michael) Lake. He is also survived by his 11 grandchildren--Jacob, Luke, Jonah, Lily and Zoey VanDyke; Annie, Zachary, Samuel and Emily Verhagen; and Benjamin and Travis Lake, who were the joy of his life.

Dick was born in Sioux Falls, SD on May 27th, 1948 to Albert and Lois VanDyke. He was also blessed to be cared for and loved by two stepmothers, Lavonne and later Alice. He has two brothers Bill (Esther) and John (Joyce) and a sister Margaret (Bob) Morrisey. The Lord also added 6 more siblings through marriage to Jane in the form of her 2 brothers, Bob (Lois) Engelsman , Don (Janis) Engelsman and sister Nancy (Howard) VanDyke. The Lord blessed them all with love and friendship that they enjoyed during family gatherings, vacations, and holidays. His family was a constant source of joy and strength to Dick.

Dick loved his church family at Christ Community Church in Lemont, IL. His great joy was to share his love of His Savior through singing and playing the guitar. He played in church, weddings, baptisms, funerals, and many special services. He continued to write songs of praise until the last few weeks of his life. He also loved singing in the choir, praise band, and his quartet, Sing Fourth. He cherished the relationships with all those whom he sang and served with.

The VanDyke Group, the insurance brokerage Dick help found in 1984, was a life’s work for Dick. He loved everyone he worked with like family, and he worked to show that same care and compassion to every client. His leadership, wisdom, and care will be missed every day.

Dick reflected the love of Christ to so many in his life and wanted to always grow in generosity. It is in that spirit that we ask that in lieu of flowers you would consider donating to Mercy Child Care Ministries in Uganda, a charity and group of people whom Dick loved and admired. Please visit the website childrentolove.org and select Make a Gift and Mercy Child Care and note VanDyke Memorial.

Visitation Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 2-8 p.m. at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, IL. A Service to Celebrate Dick's life will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Christ Community Church, 13400 Bell Road, Lemont, IL at 11:30 a.m. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements. A private burial with military honors will take place prior to the Service at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

Express your thoughts and condolences at colonialchapel.com 708-532-5400

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 2:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Colonial Chapel
    Address
    15525 S. 73rd Ave.
    ORLAND PARK, IL 60462
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    Notes
    Visitation Wednesday, July 8, 2020 from 2-8 p.m. at Colonial Chapel, 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, IL. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements.
  • Service

    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 | 11:30am
    When
    Thursday, July 9th, 2020 11:30am
    Location
    Christ Community Church
    Address
    13400 S. Bell Rd.
    LEMONT, IL 60439
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    A Service to Celebrate Dick's life will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Christ Community Church, 13400 Bell Road, Lemont, IL at 11:30 a.m. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements.
  • Interment

    Location
    Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
    Address
    20953 W. Hoff Road
    ELWOOD, IL 60421
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    Notes
    A private burial with military honors will take place prior to the Service at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, IL.

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Kathy Boender Wieringa

Posted at 04:00pm
Dear Jane and Family; I wish to express my sincere sympathy on the passing of Dick. It certainly was a shock but each of us do go one by one, when God calls us home. I was sooo happy to see the both of you at our class of '66 50th reunion 4 years ago! I remember him playing the lead part in "Unsinkable Molly Brown" when he was a senior and he was a great singer at that time. So happy to hear that he kept that up over the years! His faith was so evident by hearing his songs in the video, also. He always had a smile on his face, even when he was in high school! May you feel God's loving arms surround you and uphold you now and in the days to come. Cherish the memories! Kathy Boender Wieringa
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Darryl and Caryn Schatz

Posted at 03:06pm
Dick was one of the kindest men we have met. We met Dick and Jane years ago at Lake Geneva when we were “dock mates” and had our boats side by side. Years later we became “condo mates” and had condos side by side. We have been blessed to have Dick and Jane in our lives. Not only were they a great couple but so were their children and grandchildren. We will always remember that smile he had from ear to ear! We are thankful that he experiences no more pain and has pain free eternal life. Praying for comfort and strength in the days ahead.
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Peggy Berè

Posted at 10:01am
I will always remember Dick’s infectious smile and good nature. His friendship was a special one not only to my husband and I, but also to our son. Rice Robt. He wa a mentor to him and they shared a special bond and friendship through the music of Christ Community Church. May our Lord bless him and receive him into His kingdom and Welcome him into everlasting life.
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