Mr. Richard Van Maaren of Kalamazoo, MI passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the age of 90. Richard was born February 10, 1927 in Kalamazoo to the late Albert and Hendrika (Ebbers) Van Maaren. Richard was united in marriage to Sara Schreuder on October 12, 1951 for 65 loving years together. Richard was a loving and dedicated caregiver for Sara. He was a longtime member of Heritage Christian Reformed Church. Richard loved gardening, tractors and all things farming. He generously shared the bounty of his garden with family and friends. Richard is survived by his wife, Sara Van Maaren; children, Richard "Rick" (Jane) Van Maaren and their children, John (Allison), Dan, Marisa (Jake) Mentink, Elisa and Rosanna; Brenda (Charles) Bartocci and their children, Charlie (Tiffany), Philip (Sara), Gregory (Cassie) and Eric; and Joan (Tim) Baylor and their children, Rachel (Dave) Stephens, Sarah, Hannah (Jacob) Davis and Jacob; 10 great grandchildren; brother, William "Bill" Van Maaren; and many nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his siblings, Henrietta Hazeleger, Henry Van Maaren, George Van Maaren, Elizabeth Dykstra and Francis Howell. The family will greet friends on Wednesday, August 30th from 10-11:00am at Heritage Christian Reformed Church, 2857 S. 11th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009, where a funeral service will begin at 11:00am. Following a luncheon, burial will be in Genessee Prairie Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the church. Arrangements were made by the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 622 S. Burdick St.