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Richard "Rich" VanAtta

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BYRAM - Richard "Rich" VanAtta, 63, of Byram Township, died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 5, 2014, at St. Clare's Hospital in Denville following a lengthy illness.

Rich was born in Oak Park, Ill., and graduated from Walther Lutheran High School in Melrose Park, Ill. He later moved to Byram, where he worked in the manufacturing and warehouse industry, including the former Lucent Technologies facility at the International Trade Center in Stanhope, for many years.

Rich was an associate member of the Stanhope Fire Department for more than 20 years. An avid sports fan, he also was a past president of the Byram Men's Softball League.

Rich is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Dan and Saga VanAtta, of Charlotte, N.C.; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews; and many good friends.

Rich was predeceased by his parents, Margaret and Gordon VanAtta, and his brother, Darrell Notara, all longtime residents of Byram.

Visitation for Rich will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, with a funeral service to be held at 4 p.m. during the visitation. Interment on Monday will be private.

Published in The New Jersey Herald on Jan. 8, 2014
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