Richard "Dick" VanHouten
1924 - 2020
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Richard "Dick" Van Houten

Allendale - Richard "Dick" Van Houten of Allendale NJ, passed away peacefully at 96 years old, on Monday, May 18, 2020. From here to eternity he joined his friend Jesus, his beloved wife Betty, and all of heaven awaiting his arrival.

Dick was born on April 14, 1924 to Stephen T and Marion Van Houten (nee Taylor). He is survived by his children; Bonnie & Sam Lewis, Richard & Julie Van Houten, Drew & Leslie Van Houten, and Sheri Marino; His grandchildren include Jessica & Josh Satrape, Sam Lewis, Matt & Kari Lewis, Lindsay Leone, Richard III & Priscilla Van Houten, Chelsea & Tyler Neff, Ryan Van Houten, Micaela Van Houten, Carli & Edward Lampley, Ben & Mia Marino, Cole Marino, and Jordan Richard Marino; as well as his 10 great-grandchildren.

Dick attended Allendale Elementary School and graduated from Ramsey High School in 1942. He received an appointment to and graduated from the United States Military Academy-West Point in 1945. His military duty included post-war occupation throughout Europe, followed by engagement with the US National Guard.

Allendale was home to Dick for all the days of his life. He loved Allendale! He grew up working & playing at Crestwood Lake, the summer lake resort developed by his father in 1929. Dick later managed it with his brother "Bud" from 1949-1971 while they both raised their families in Allendale. He met his wife, Betty (Hogan), through a "blind date" on the beach of Crestwood Lake and they married in 1951. He was an active volunteer fireman and town councilman. He was a successful Realtor and residential developer, working in the family business "S.T. Van Houten & Sons", later "Van Houten Co". He built many residential developments in town, with over 100 homes, including Cedar Drive, Fairhaven Drive, Valley Road, Byron Court, (named after his classmate from West Point), along with other subdivisions and single-family homes throughout town. Four streets were developed and named after the VH daughters: Leigh Court, Bonnie Way, Lori Lane and Sheri Drive. He always saw his occupation as opportunity to assist and guide individuals in ways far beyond the transactions. He was instrumental in the design of Northern Highlands Regional High School. In 1971, the Borough of Allendale purchased the Van Houten's 70 acre Crestwood Lake property, preserving this beautiful treasure for generations to come. In September 2016, Allendale's Mayor and Council charitably dedicated the Red Barn Pavilion as the "Van Houten Pavilion" for his family's many contributions to this community, evoking immense joy and gratitude from Dick, which lasted through his last visit on May 9, 2020.

In 1968, Dick experienced a life-changing revelation of God's love and power that refocused the trajectory of his life. His purposeful mind-set and activities provided needed guidance, mentorship, father-ship, charity, housing & leadership to countless individuals & families, churches and organizations for decades to follow. He provided leadership and support with FGBMFI (Christian Businessmen Organization), Deeper Life, Prison Fellowship, Teen Challenge, The Walter Hoving Home, Star of Hope Mission, Pregnancy Centers, Touch the World, Sunday Schools and Bible Studies, along with many other Faith-Based outreach organizations. In his quest to honor God with his life, Dick never wearied of sharing the good news of Christ's love, practicing his faith in God's promises. His daily hunger to know God at a deeper level, drove him to study the Bible and related teachings, reading the bible through dozens of times and depending on the Holy Spirit for comfort and wisdom. Dick Van Houten is an example of how one life, completely devoted to serve God, his country, family, friends, community, and people from every walk of life, can dramatically affect generations of people in this world for the better. Dick was extremely disciplined yet compassionate, strong yet humble, successful yet selfless, and always genuinely grateful to be so BLESSED!

A Memorial Service will be planned in the future.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to: Star of Hope Missions, Paterson NJ and/or NJ Teen Challenge for Men/ NY Walter Hoving Home for Women

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Published in The Record/Herald News from May 21 to May 22, 2020.
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May 27, 2020
My sympathies to all at the loss of your Dad, Grandpa, & uncle. Dick worked tirelessly to create heaven on earth . I knew him as a neighborhood kid and that relationship helped form me. Thank you .
Tracey Fitzpatrick Cannistraro
May 26, 2020
That was an inspirational tribute for an inspirational life. Wishing you comfort and peace as you say goodbye. Love Cousin Bill, Tammy and Aiden.
Bill Delaney
May 24, 2020
From my first day in your home, you were " on my case", but little by little, you broke down those walls by your unconditional love. You taught me, corrected me, encouraged me, prayed for me, but most of all loved me and were the"Dad" I never had. You helped me see Father God in a healthier way too by far! I am who I am because of what you poured and prayed into me. Forever grateful...until eternity brings us together again, all my love, Christy
Chris Kinon
May 24, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Nichola Campagna
May 23, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Van Houten at Priscilla & Richies wedding. His smile lit up the room. May you rest In peace.
Nea Lisboa
May 22, 2020
I will never forget our times together studying the bible and learning from him in our Bible Studies! A great man of God...
Noreen Ydo
May 22, 2020
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Claudia Clement & Robert Wilson
May 22, 2020
What a great Patriarch of the Van Houten family! His legacy will live on within his family and through the wonderful projects he completed in the town he loved. Sending prayers and hoping that your broken hearts are soon filled with great lasting memories.
The Alward Family
May 22, 2020
A giant of a man ... what a tapestry of beautiful family and service he created. You knew you were in the company of someone great when with him. The life left will do more good because of your example . Thank you for touching my life. Rest In Peace Patti pitler
Patti Pitler
May 22, 2020
It was a privilege to know you and an honor to call you friend. Your Christian influence will never be forgotten. Forever in our hearts. Till we meet of God.
Charles Markarian
May 22, 2020
Condolences from the Schuck family. HoHoKus NJ
May 21, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Neal & Lorraine Williams
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