403 Forbidden

Richard  Van Pelt

Richard S. "Rick" Van Pelt

Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Richard Van Pelt, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family of Richard Van Pelt with a meaningful gesture of sympathy.

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist


Richard “Rick” S. Van Pelt, Lt. Col. (ret.) US Army, 71, of Missoula was born April 24, 1947 and entered eternity with our Lord, Jesus, on March 23, 2019.

Rick was born into an Air Force family and he, himself, spent 20 years in the Army. He served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with “V”. It was in Vietnam he was exposed to Agent Orange which led to his early heart disease. Rick had a thirst for knowledge and after leaving the Army he became a school librarian. His goal was to pass on that thirst to children. Rick was passionate about leading small groups and serving his church. He was the happiest in his life when serving Jesus.

Rick was married to Kathi (Murdock) for 37 years. They loved to travel and experienced many adventures over the years. Rick is survived by his wife and two sons; Scott (Kylie) of Plainview, TX and Mark (Larisa) of Kingman, AZ; two brothers, Carl and Pete (Leslie) both of No. Virginia; four grandchildren, Jenia, Sergei, Tanner, and Cameron, and many nieces and nephews. Rick was predeceased by his parents, Warren and Jane, two brothers, Jay (Teresa) and John and a niece and two nephews.

Services will be held at 10:00 on Friday, May 31, at Crosspoint Church, Missoula followed by lunch and then full military honors at the VA Cemetery at 12:30.

The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care that Rick received from the doctors and staff of the International Heart Institute and the nurses and staff on 4 North at St. Patricks. In lieu of flowers the family requested donations to The Creation Museum, Petersburg, KY. Condolences can be left at www.gardencityfh.com
Read Less

To send flowers in memory of Richard S. "Rick" Van Pelt, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, May 31st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Friday, May 31st, 2019 10:00am
    Crosspoint Community Church
    Missoula, MT
    Services will be held at 10:00 at Crosspoint Church, Missoula followed by lunch and then full military honors at the VA Cemetery at 12:30.


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Richard here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence

Photos & Videos

Photo Album