Richard M. Vyneman, 87, a resident of Atkinson, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Emergency Room, Geneseo. A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating his life was held Monday, Dec. 17 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Atkinson. The Rev. R. Anthony Lee and the Rev. Gerard VerHoye officiated. Per his request, cremation rites were accorded following the service and inurnment took place Tuesday, Dec. 18 in St. Anthony's Cemetery, Atkinson. Military honors were accorded following the Mass, at the church, by the Atkinson American Legion. A visitation for was held Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Atkinson Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes Ltd., where a prayer service was conducted. Memorials may be left to the Henry County Fair Association or the Atkinson Rescue Squad.
He was born on Dec. 27, 1924, in rural Annawan, the son of William and Emma (VanDeVoorde) Vyneman. He was a graduate of Annawan High School. He married Janet DeDecker on Sept. 3, 1949, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Atkinson. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan during World War II as a tech sergeant in the 204th Ordinance. He received the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Army Occupation Medal, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
He worked at an early age on the family farm and later farmed in the Annawan and Atkinson areas. He started working at the Henry Service company in Atkinson, and sold Golden Harvest for 25 years. He played fast-pitch softball for the Atkinson Powerhouse team. He hit the winning home run in a game against the King and His Court. He won the Carlot Heifer Show and Sale held at the Peoria Union Stockyard in 1975. He raised many champion pigs for his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He had a great love for livestock, beginning in FFA. He was never happier than sitting in the stands at the county or State Fairs. He loved hunting and in 1998, he shot the buck of his lifetime that is registered in the Boone and Crockett Record Book.
He was a Western League Rolle Bolle Champion and belonged to the Annawan and Atkinson Rolle Bolle Clubs. He belonged to the Henry County Farm Bureau, VFW Post No. 7176, Charles DeCrane Post No. 724, 40/8 La Chateau and the North American Hunting Club.
Survivors include his wife, Janet; four daughters and spouses, Deb and Len Franks of Annawan, Kathy and Dave Rakestraw of Annawan, Annette and Jeff Morosko of Annawan and Maureen and Joe Hasbrook of Sheffield; 13 grandchildren, Raquel Frankenreider, Shannon (Chelsea) Frankenreider, Kelsey Rakestraw, Heath Rakestraw, Tony (Jen) Franks, Tracy (Joel) Hansen, Tyler Morosko, Shane Morosko, Alyssa Morosko, Tory (Heather) VanOpdorp, Tara VanOpdorp-Goodwin; two step grandchildren, Jason Hasbrook and Kylee Hasbrook; 10 great grandchildren, Matthew and Dallas Franks, Logan, Brent and Vance Hansen, Payton Frankenreider, Baylor Frankenreider, Hailey and Kade VanOpdorp, Tayler Goodwin and Malachi Bailey; and one sister, Marlene Butler of Darien. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Francis Reider.