Richard A. VanValkenburg - May 16, 2018

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  RAVENA – Richard A. VanValkenburg, 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Throughout his life, Richard was many things---farmer, businessman, tool collector, chosen repairman for family and friends, U.S. Army veteran (proudly serving his country in the Korean War), and a dreamer.  Until his final days, Richard’s memory seemed to serve as his fuel, often nostalgic in his vivid stories about old times.

     Richard is survived by his children, Dawn (Mickey) Sherman, Kim Moore, Bill VanValkenburg, and Mike (Sheila) VanValkenburg; grandchildren, Matthew (Marcie) Sherman, Sarah Michelle (Joe) Sandor, Jeani Sherwood (Sandy), Randy Moore, Benjamin Moore, Breann Moore, and Michael VanValkenburg Jr.; seven

great-grandchildren; and sister, Marie Swartz. Richard was predeceased by his loving wife, Jean VanValkenburg, daughter, Michelle “Shelly” VanValkenburg and sister, Joan Leonard.

     Funeral services will be held 6 P.M. on Monday, May 21st at the Babcock Funeral Home, Ravena.  Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday prior to the service starting at 4 P.M.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations in memory of Richard to the Ravena Rescue Squad, PO Box 144, Ravena, NY 12143.