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Van Ness, Richard January 16, 1951 - February 17, 2022

Richard Thomas Van Ness, Sr, age 71, of Independence Township passed away Thursday, February 17, 2022. Born January 16, 1951 in Paterson, NJ he was the son of the late Charles Henry Van Ness and the late Alice (Wanamaker) Van Ness Glover.

Employed by Tiffany Extruders, Inc for 30 years, Richard worked his way to a role as Plant Manager and was highly regarded in his senior role. Later he became an entrepreneur in the housing industry, renovating houses into beautiful homes.

Richard married the love of his life in 1970, and became the proud father of 2 sons and 1 daughter. After living in Paterson and the surrounding areas, he moved his family to the Landing section of Roxbury, NJ where he resided for 19 years before settling in Independence Township. Some of his favorite pastimes included golfing, camping, fishing, football, visiting Florida, and family time, especially with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Debra (Louridas) Van Ness, of 51 years, son Michael and his wife Colleen, daughter Daniell, 2 grandchildren Brianna and Michael, 1 sister Margaret DeKnight, and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. He was predeceased by his son Richard T. Van Ness Jr, as well as 3 brothers and 1 sister.

He is deeply loved and will forever be missed by his family and friends.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Services and cremation will be private. For those wishing to leave online condolences, please visit


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    Elizabeth (Betty Decker) Aitchison says

    Debbie & Family,

    We are so very sorry to hear about Rick. The entire Decker family send their deepest condolences and love to all of you.

    The Decker Family

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    Charlie says

    So sorry for your Loss

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    Andrea Thorpe says

    The world is less bright without Rick in it. He was a great friend to all he cared about! There is one thing that anyone who knew him knew, he loved his family so much! He loved his grandchildren and was so proud of the young adults they were becoming. Saying I’m sorry for your loss, can’t even begin to stress how much he will be missed. So many memories of so many fun times, good meals, great conversations and just hanging out playing cards and talking.

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      Hope and Jim Egan and family. says

      Debra, Michael, Danielle and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers for all of you.

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    JoAnn Mc Manamey says

    My deepest Sympathy to his wife and children, will be keeping them in my daily prayers. May he RIP .

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    Debra-Jean VanNess says

    Uncle Ricky God bless and Godspeed♥️

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    Debra 125000 Talmadge says

    Our deepest Sympathy to you and your Family. I know He will be missed by Many Family AND Friends. You will have Many Memories of you 53 years of LIFE with the man of your Dream. Rick was a great partner with you. I love you and will be up soon to see you!

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    Joseph Canham says

    I know what a wonderful person Rick was and how much he was loved by those who were lucky enough to share his life as family and friends. He will be truly missed and deeply loved for years and years to come.

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