April 3, 1915 ~ February 18, 2000
Richard J. Van Auken, 84, went to be with his Lord and Savior on February 18, 2000. He was born on April 3, 1915, in La Porte, Indiana to John and Elizabeth (nee Shrader) Van Auken who preceded him in death. He was married on November 16, 1935, to Mildred Malott, who survives him. He is also survived by a son, John (Ruth) Van Auken of Pueblo West; grandsons, Jeffrey (Teresa) Van Auken of Pueblo and David (Judy) Van Auken of Evergreen, Colorado; five great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one brother, Willard. Mr. Van Auken was active for many years in church work and loved to share his love of the Lord with others. He retired in 1977 from Schroll, Inc. in Michigan City, Indiana. He lived in La Porte, Indiana all of his life until coming to Pueblo West in 1996 to live with his son and daughter-in-law. A memorial service will be held 3 P.M. Saturday, February 26th, at the Ecumenical Church, 434 S. Conquistador, Pueblo West, with Reverend Ray Lincoln officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Springville Free Methodist Church, La Porte, Indiana in care of Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, P O Box 777, Pueblo, CO 81002.