MORRIS-Richard W. Vanderbeck, 94, of Morris, Conn., formally of Murrysville, Penn., and Norwalk, Conn., passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2013, after lengthy complications from a broken hip and end-stage COPD.
Richard was born Sept. 9, 1918, Creston Avenue, N.Y. His father was Howard Frank Vanderbeck, son of Frank Vanderbeck and Mamie Ella Bopp, of NYC. His mother was Alva Genevieve Davis, daughter of Elwood Charles Davis and Ada Bell Coonley, of NYC. Richard was pre-deceased by his first wife, Rosanne McAlpin, of Mt. Lebanon, Penn., his eldest daughter, Kathleen Elaine Vanderbeck, of Mt. Lebanon, Penn., and his second wife, Eleanor Jo Heinrichs, of Pittsburgh, Penn., as well as both his parents and grandparents.
Richard leaves some dear friends as well as three daughters: Jane Ellen Vanderbeck of Raleigh, N.C., and her sons, Phillip and Scott Hoffman, of Raleigh, N.C.; Judith Ellen Vanderbeck, and her husband, Patrick David Kelly, of Pittsburgh Penn.; Peggy Jo Vanderbeck, her husband Daniel Keller Thomas and their daughter Shellby Jo Thomas of Morris, Conn. He also leaves behind great-grandchildren Lauren Jane and Joseph Phillip Hoffman, Jacob Connor and Cohen Scott Hoffman, all of Raleigh N.C.
Richard was schooled at the current King-Low-Haywood-Thomas School, formally the King School, of Stamford Conn., and graduated in 1940 from Princeton University
, with high honors and a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After working at Allegheny Ludlum Steel, Richard settled at USS Corporation as a metallurgical engineer in its Applied Research Division, taking night classes at Carnegie Mellon University to complete his degree in Metallurgy.
He worked with USS until his retirement in 1980. Richard lived a rich and full life; he served in the military during World War II
, volunteered with the Civil Defense, served local Presbyterian churches; after widowed, diligently cared for his eldest daughters, treasured canoe/camping expeditions with friends and family, and was a gifted oil painter in his own right.
Richard spent his last decade living in Morris with his family where he enjoyed hiking and touring the area. Richard had a quick wit; loved word play, word puzzles and Sudokus. He placed his hope in Christ and looked forward to eternity. An open house to honor Richard will be held Friday, July 19, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Dan and Peggy Jo's home, 5 Shady Lane, Morris, Conn. A short memorial service will follow. For more information phone 860-567-4865. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army.