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Richard Van Pelt

Richard Van Pelt

Thursday, April 7th, 1949 Monday, October 21st, 2019

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Obituary for Richard A. Van Pelt

Richard A. Van Pelt, 70, of Manasquan, passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019.
Mr. Van Pelt was born in Red Bank and lived in Holmdel as a young child, before moving to Brielle, where he grew up. He has lived in Manasquan for more than 30 years. After graduating from Manasquan High School, he served in the Navy. He then began a successful career in the family businesses. He was a skilled heavy equipment operator with Van Pelt Excavation and went on to build and manage the Hickory Ridge Horse Farms, in Allenwood and Allentown. He enjoyed hunting and shooting and was a talented landscaper as well.
Mr. Van Pelt was predeceased by his parents, Richard L. and Laurette (Fox) Van Pelt. He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Cynthia (Panetta), and their sons, Jesse A. Van Pelt, of Manasquan, and Matthew R. Van Pelt (U.S. Army) and his wife Crystal, of Fayetteville, NC. Also surviving are Mr. Van Pelt’s siblings, Deborah DiArchangel and her husband Daniel M., of Tinton Falls, James Van Pelt and his wife Michelle, of Oklahoma, and Shirley Schwier and her husband Tom, of Florida, as well as nephews, nieces and other family members.
Visitation will take place at O’Brien Funeral Home, 2028 Hwy. 35, Wall, on Thursday, October 24, 2019, from 3-7 PM. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Denis Church, Manasquan, on Friday, October 25, 2019, at 10 AM, followed by burial with Navy honors at Greenwood Cemetery, Brielle. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Van Pelt’s memory may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, at www.stjude.org. Condolences may be sent via www.obrienfuneralhome.com.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    O'Brien Funeral Home - Wall
    2028 NJ-35
    WALL, NJ
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    Thursday, October 24th, 2019
    3:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Service

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 10:00am
    St. Denis Church
    90 Union Avenue
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    Friday, October 25th, 2019
    Fr. Bill Lago
  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery

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Donna Dunn

Remembered from Brielle School. Condolences to your family. Donna Wood Dunn
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Carol Kostantinou

Dad, Pop Pop, always with us in our hearts 🌈
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Forever loved and missed 💕
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Our deepest sympathy during this time of sorrow. Uncle Dick will be sorely missed. May he live forever in our hearts. Dan, Lauren, Jill & Lindsay
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