Buying flowers from us ensures that your order will be fulfilled through working with a network florists that are trusted by local funeral homes and recognized partners of the funeral industry. A customized message, along with a photo of your selected arrangement will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender. This allows you the opportunity to choose a different product to ensure the family has a beautiful and unique selection of unique floral arrangements.
The price of these selections also includes the funeral home’s care of the flowers after the funeral and the delivery to the family or facility of choice where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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Richard (Dick) Van Zante passed away January 29, 2017, at “A Place To Call Home” in Tigard. He was born, along with his twin brother Bob, May 22, 1926, in Martel, Iowa to Paul and Carmen Van Zante. After serving in the US Armys 786th Tank Batallion in WW 2, he attended Parsons College where he competed on the cross country team and received his business degree.
Richard married Marjorie Morton in 1953 after meeting on a blind date in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His banking career brought them to Oregon where they raised two sons together, Gerrit and Neal. Gerrit preceded his death. As a family, they lived happily in the Garden Home area of Portland.
Dick’s banking career in Portland lasted 36 years starting with the Multnomah Bank and finishing with Key Bank. His many roles and titles built a broad network of friends and colleagues he was always proud of.
He was honored to be a 50+ year Mason, Kiwanis Club member, and an active member of Milwaukie Presbyterian Church.
His favorite hobbies in his earlier years were camping, gardening and mushroom hunting. He was a dedicated fan of his grandkids’ sports activities. In later years he was quite fond of bicycling, gardening, lawn bowling, and the church choir.
Dick loved bicycling, which included trips through Europe and completing the first Cycle Oregon ride in 1988 which was a highlight for him. After his retirement, he and Marge moved to Milwaukie and wintered in Hemet, Calif., where they enjoyed many beautiful years before establishing their latest years of retirement together in Milwaukie.
Richard is survived by son, Neal; His sister Betty, and grandchildren, Nicholas, Jordan and Donavan; great-grandchildren , Stella, Riley and Nicholas Jr.. The family wishes to thank each and every friend and caregiver, and a special thank you to the caring staff at “A Place To Call Home” who were so immensely important to Richard in his final years. Donations may be made to Milwaukie Presbyterian Church in memory of Richard Van Zante.
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