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895 Route 82
P.O. Box A
Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
Phone: 845-221-2000
Fax: 845-227-1862
Richard Van Buren

Richard M. Van Buren

Wednesday, October 27th, 1954 - Friday, December 6th, 2019
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Richard “Rick” Van Buren, a lifelong area resident, passed away at home on Friday, December 6, 2019.
Son of the late Paul and Agnes (Pelicon) Van Buren, he was born in Beacon on October 27, 1954. Rick dedicated 30 years to the Texaco Research Facility in Beacon and retired as a Senior Engineering Specialist. Rick had also owned and operated Van Buren Enterprises, ran East Coast Fleet Testing for Chevron/ Texaco, and RMV Carpentry, a residential house remodeling company. Known fondly as Coach Van Buren, Rick coached Little League, Pop Warner Football, and John Jay High School Football. Rick was a life member of Deer Search, a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, and was active in the Hudson Valley Ski Club and Trail Sweepers Ski and Sports Club. Rick loved spending time with his grandchildren, fishing Sprout Creek, and traveling. An avid outdoorsman, he especially enjoyed camping, hiking, skiing, biking, and fishing for trout. Rick previously participated in competitive endure motocross.
Rick is survived by his partner, Kathy Aman; his son, Bradley and his wife Lauren; his son, Jason and his wife Lauren; his grandchildren, Jason and Liliana; the mother of his children, Jo-Marie Van Buren; his siblings, Steven and partner Diane Hedrick, Thomas and his wife Deborah, Eileen Scoppa, Kathleen Ward and her husband Kenny, Marie Bai, Patricia Hartnett and her husband Dennis, James (Jimmy) Van Buren and his wife Erin, and Paula Uzzle and her husband Tad; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Rick was also predeceased by his brother-in-law, Rick.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday from 3-7 pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. The funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 10am.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. For online tributes, visit Rick’s Book of Memories at
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 3:00pm - 7:00pm
    McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
    895 Route 82
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 10:00am
    McHoul Funeral Home, Inc.
    895 Route 82
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Kathy& Dave Curtin

Posted at 08:37pm
To Ricky’s family,
We are sorry to hear the passing of Rick. He was always so pleasant with a smile on his face . When we would run into him he would always mention his sons and his family so proud he was . The last I saw him he told me he has a fight and he sure did . Rest In Peace a true angel to your family . God Bless you Ricky .
Kathy & Fave Curtin

Posted at 07:29pm
So sad to learn of his passing great dad to jason and Bradley Our condolences . Great coach.
Tom and Diane grabowski

Steve Clausen

Posted at 02:27pm
Grow strong in honor of Rick Van Buren.
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Steve Clausen

Posted at 02:23pm
Whenever I skied with or had a conversation with Rick, I always felt better afterwards. He had that way of imparting a genuinely sincere and kind human connection with those he interacted with. I will miss him. Rest in peace, Rick. May the trout be biting in heaven.

Posted at 02:19pm
Our hearts are heavy about Rick’s passing.
He will long be remembered as a wonderful
guy! Joyce and John Mongero

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