Richard Louis Van Dyke, Sr., 96, of Benton Harbor, Michigan passed away February 9, 2020 at The Willows Assisted Living in St. Joseph, Michigan. Richard was born July 22, 1923 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Henry and Frankie (VonAmen) Van Dyke. He proudly served in the United States Army 102nd Division ETO and remained very patriotic – always flying the United States flag. He married the love of his life, Phyllis Marie Shearer, in Kalamazoo on January 24, 1947. Recently, they celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary. Richard built the family residence and a second home on the Platte River up north where he spent much of his free time. He retired from Michigan Bell after a 37-year career as a telecommunications technician. His children describe him as a “truly “selfless” person always there for his family.
A service will be held at a later date. For those who wish to leave an online condolence for Richard you may do so at www.purelycremations.org. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency or Caring Circle. The family wish to extend a special “thank you” to Caring Circle.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis; son, Richard (Mary) Van Dyke, Jr.; grandchildren, Deidre Ferree, Jason (Holli) Wood, Elizabeth (Rick) Miesse, Grant (Jenna) Wood; 13 great-grandchildren and a sister, Claire (Top) Gray.
Richard was preceded by his parents; daughter, Judy; sisters, Eleanor and Martha and brother, Bill Van Dyke (Iwo Jima).Print Obituary & Condolences