April 19, 1928 ~ November 22, 2019

Born in: Hammondsport, NY
Resided in: Henrietta, NY

Van Gelder, Richard E. Sr.
Henrietta – Friday, November 22, 2019 at age 91. Predeceased by his son Ronald Van Gelder. Survived by his loving wife, Betty L. Van Gelder; his children, Richard E. Jr. (Jerrie) Van Gelder, Gloria Van Gelder and Shari (Thomas) Allston; daughter-in-law Malissa Van Gelder; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service Sunday, December 1, 2019 at the Center Church, 5604 Big Tree Rd., Lakeville, NY 14408 at 2:30 PM. Interment in Pleasant Valley Cemetery will be held private for the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Region in his memory.
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Memorial: December 1, 2019 2:30 pm - December 1, 2019 2:30 pm

Center Church
5604 Big Tree Rd
Lakeville, NY 14408

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Richard E. VanGelder Sr. "Whip" 's name.

Alzheimer's Association, Rochester & Finger Lakes Region

435 East Henrietta Road Rochester, NY 14620


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  1. So sorry to hear of your Dads passing! What a amazing legacy he has left! Safe in the arms of our father!! Hugs and Kisses!

  2. My thoughts and prayers are with you Rick, Jerrie, and the VanGelder family at this difficult time. May you find comfort in the memories of his life, well lived.

  3. Gloria, we are so sorry to hear of yo.ur fathers passing. May God guide your family through your grieving and show you love through your memories.

    Joanne & Paul Randall

  4. Dear Jerrie, if you are the Jerrie who went to Churchville Chili high school,I am sorry about your Dad. If you are him, I lost track of you after Vietnam and tour subsequent marriage to Lynn. I still keep in touch with Gail Goodrich Tobin. I got married the week after you in 1968, if this is indeed you. I have been looking for you for years, but am not good with computers.

  5. Dear Gloria, so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. Sending thoughts to your family during your time of grief.

  6. Gloria
    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  7. My condolences to the VanGelder family. It was an honor and a privilege to have had the opportunity to serve Mr. VanGelder and although a brief moment in time, his impact will leave a lasting memory for us over at Lifespan. -All my best to the VanGelder family.

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