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Richard Theodore “Dick” VanSanten
November 9, 1928 - April 16, 2009


Richard 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 Boyd VanSanten. 

Richard 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 1967.

Richard enjoyed boating and was a member and past commodore of the Salem Yacht and Boat Club, and was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
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.

After 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.

He 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 friends. 

Memorial 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.


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