Van R. Richards Jr

November 7, 1930 ~ March 11, 2023 (age 92) 92 Years Old


Van Rensselaer Richards Jr., Kane County Trial Attorney and Veteran, age 92 of St. Charles passed away Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Michaelsen Health Center in Batavia, Illinois.

He was born November 7, 1930 in Batavia, New York the son of Van and Frances (Minor) Richards Sr.

Van was a Marine Veteran of the Korean conflict and practiced trial law for 55 years. He graduated from Colgate in 1953, University of Chicago in 1959 and was admitted to the bar in 1960. He was known for his sense of humor and had many friends in the local bar association. He honored them by having given nine eulogies recognizing the lives of those who passed before him.

Van is survived by his wife of Barbara (Swanson) Richards;children Lynn Minor Richards of DeKalb, Thomas (Karen DeBoer) Merritt Richards of St. Charles, Elizabeth (J.C. Buck) Richards of Denver, Joseph (Bob Turk) Seidel of Batavia, New York, James (Leslie) Seidel of North Carolina and Rachael (Todd) Darrow of Washington; grandchildren Benjamin (Amanda) Merritt, Clayton Thomas, Katherine (Gabriel) Cuadra, Hunter (Christina Chilcoat), Everett, Max, Wyatt and Mia Seidel and Samara and Hannah Darrow; also survived by greatgrandchildren Adalyn Richards, Zella Cuadra, Scarlett and Sophia Darrow and Isabella Seidel; cousins Peter, Alden, Chris and Austin Richards and Virginia Perrakis.

Visitation will be held Friday March 17, 2023 from 4:00-8:00 pm at Malone Funeral Home 324 E. State St. (Rt. 38) Geneva

Funeral Services will be held Saturday March 18, 2023 at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church 227 East Side Dr. Geneva at 1:00 pm with Rev. Stephanie Anthony officiating.

Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Fox Valley Presbyterian Church. 227 East Side Drive, Geneva, IL 60134

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March 17, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Malone Funeral Home
324 East State Street
Geneva, IL 60134

Funeral Service
March 18, 2023

1:00 PM
Fox Valley Presbyterian Church


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