Theodore “Dick” VanSanten, of Turner, Oregon, died
peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, April 16th,
2009. He is survived by his wife Osie, his daughters Lisa
VanSanten and her two sons, Allin and Duncan, and by Patricia
Shepherd, her husband Frank, and their children, Rachel and
Robert. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother
was born to Theodore John VanSanten and Ada Merle (McCall)
VanSanten on November 9th, 1928 in Portland, Oregon. He
graduated from Clinton Kelly High School of Commerce in Portland
Oregon in 1946. After serving in the army as a physician's
assistant in Korea, Richard finished his education, earning a
B.S. in Chemistry from Lewis and Clark college in 1955, and an
M.S. In Analytical Chemistry from Oregon State University in
enjoyed boating and was a member and past commodore of the Salem
Yacht and Boat Club, and was a member of the Coast Guard
He had a long career at Teledyne Wah Chang, starting in 1957 and
was a local chairman of the American Chemical Society, and later
the Councilor to National.
retirement in 1986, Richard concentrated on his small farm,
raising cattle, designing and building a Dutch style barn and
planting an Asian pear orchard. He became a member of the Asian
Pear Council and the treasurer and director of the Oregon
Gourmet Fruit Co-op.
also enjoyed traveling around the country with his wife, Osie,
to New England, Kentucky, and Florida. In his latter years,
Richard and his wife joined St. Mary's Catholic Church. Richard
led an active life and will be missed by family and
service to be held at 2:00 on April 23rd at St Mary's Catholic
Church in Shaw. Interment Belcrest Memorial Park, Salem.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Shaw, Building
Fund. Serving the family North
Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.