Richard Allen Van Arkel, of Edgar Springs, MO, passed away Monday, September 30, 2013 at the age of 73. He was born on August 1, 1940 in Oskaloosa, IA to the late John C. Van Arkel and Kaythyrn Van Arkel. Richard was a U.S. Army veteran having served for 23 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Richard loved helping his neighbors and friends but he loved his family above all. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife Deborah in 2008; a daughter-in-law Kristina in 2001; and two grandchildren, Laura Beth Van Arkel and Danyel Van Arkel. Richard will be greatly missed by his surviving family which includes: three sons, Brian L. Van Arkel and wife Sherine of Wynne, AR, David M. Van Arkel of Springfield, MO and Richard A. Van Arkel, Jr. of Midwest City, OK; two daughters, Shelby E. Van Arkel of Edgar Springs, MO and Sherri L. Van Arkel of Austin, TX; one brother, Lawrence Van Arkel and wife Dixie of Oskaloosa, IA; one sister, Connie Asher and husband Jack of Knoxville, IA; thirteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren. A funeral service for Richard Van Arkel will be conducted at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the Null and Son Funeral Home in Rolla. A visitation for family and friends will be held prior to the service beginning at 3 p.m. Memorial contributions are suggested to the NRA or VFW Post #2025. Online condolences may be offered at this website.
Reva Brand Jones