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Richard G. Van Loo

February 16, 1947 December 20, 2011
Richard G. Van Loo
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Obituary for Richard G. Van Loo

Rich Van Loo, 64 years old, passed away at his home on December 20, 2011. He is survived by his wife Patty, his children, Betsy and Devin, his parents, Gerard and Katherine, of Algonac, and his brother Michael (Jan).

Rich graduated from Troy High School in 1965 - he was an active member of the National Honor Society. He attended Oakland University and he was awarded Bachelor Degrees in 4 subjects: Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Psychology. He bought broken down, non running Saab auto's and repaired / rebuilt them to sell (at a little profit) while attending OU.

He worked in the Immunochemistry/Special Testing Lab at Beaumont Hospital for 40 years.

His hobbies included photography and he especially loved sailing (all those lazy days on Lake St Clair on the Silent Runner and racing with the Albatross Yacht Club), and of course Hockey (the Red Wings and at least 8 years of transporting Devin when he was playing goalie and defense with Southfield and Suburban Hockey Clubs). He was really good at tying skates for all those young hockey players.

Rich was a loving father who was always giving advice (especially to Betsy about tailgating and speeding) and to anyone else who was anywhere near - whether they wanted it or not. He was witty, smart, clever and very analytical. He had a huge heart and was always worried about everyone else.

He liked going to the Royal Oak Farmers Market and Garage Sales to collect all those antiques (which drove Patty and the kids crazy).

He will be missed terribly by his family and friends. We love you!

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Monday 2-5pm.

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