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 www.cochranfuneral.com.