Richard J Babcock

April 13, 1928 - June 9, 2018

Richard  J Babcock


Poplar Grove

Richard J Babcock, age 90, passed away peacefully at his home on June 9, 2018. He was born April 13, 1928 in Beloit, Wisconsin the son of Claude and Mary Frances (McCabe) Babcock. He graduated from Beloit Memorial High School. He married Lorraine Fink on January 21, 1950 in Beloit.

Richard worked as a painter for Chrysler Corporation, retiring in 1990 after 25 years. Richard was also a dairy farmer until 1966. He was 4-H leader, member of North Boone Booster Club, Umpired Pony League and also played fast pitch softball having pitched a no hitter on September 16, 1949. Besides enjoying watching baseball, he was also a Green Bay Packer fan. Richard was very involved with all his families many activities. He made his spiritual home at St James Catholic Church in Belvidere.

Richard is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lorraine; ten children; Patti (Mike) Key, Richard B. (Sue) Babcock, Katherine (Charles) Balmes, Louise Babcock, Philip (Tina) Babcock, Peter (Sherri) Babcock, Therese (Mike) Crookshank; Judy (Rick) Hutchinson; Paul (Christie) Babcock. As well as 25 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  Also surviving is his brother Robert (Jean) Babcock. The family would also like to acknowledge the many foreign exchange students who were part of their family, especially Lonk Guzman from Ecuador.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents, son Charles Babcock; daughter Mary Frances, granddaughter Mary Kate, sisters Beth Partridge, Marion Babcock, Florence Popanz; and daughter-in-law Neva Babcock.

Funeral services will be held at St James Catholic Church, 402 Church Street, Belvidere, on Friday June 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm. A visitation will be held at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut, Belvidere on Thursday, June 14, 2018 from 3:00 – 8:00 pm.  Burial will be at Highland Garden of Memories.

Memorials may be given to family to establish a scholarship in Richard’s name.

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Service Schedule

Thursday, June 14, 2018
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


Friday, June 15, 2018
12:15 pm

St. James Catholic Church

Highland Garden of Memories

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To Lou and all the Babcock family.

My deepest condolences. I learned through Lonk how a wondeful man was Dad, as she calls him. I am so sorry for your loss.

Patty from Ecuador 2018-06-14T18:49:41

To my dear family,

We have lost a great light in our lives, but we shouldn´t be sad. We should rejoyce due to the fact that that light is shinner and brighter in the sky for all of us.

Arturo Torres 2018-06-14T18:47:15

Charlie and Kathy and Family and all of the Babcock family,

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you.

Pat Balmes

Pat Balmes 2018-06-14T17:57:28

Louise and family,

Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.

Clark and Alice Schoonover 2018-06-13T18:17:25

I was so sorry to hear about Dick’s passing. He was such a good friend and I have many fond memories of him. I was so happy that we were able to visit during his birthday party. I won’t be able to attend his services but please know you are in my thoughts. Berwyn Gunderson

Berwyn Gunderson 2018-06-13T10:06:36

Babcock Clan…
It was an honour taking care of Richard – and all of you. Please be assured of our continued thoughts and prayers. We’re here should you need further support. On behalf of the staff at Northern Illinois Hospice, Peace.

Andrew Vitale, CT, Bereavement Coordinator 2018-06-12T15:50:25

The Diaz family send out deepest condolences to you and your family

Mr and Mrs Juan Diaz 2018-06-12T10:46:29

Many great memories of Dick in our involvement with North Boone High School. He was a great asset to the community, as is his family. Prayers to the family for your loss.

Allan Johnson 2018-06-12T08:13:35

Condolences to the family. Thoughts and prayers for you all.

Bob and Liz Drace 2018-06-11T20:36:31

We were so sorry to here of the passing of your Father, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Jerry an Deb Hatfield 2018-06-11T20:21:13

The Babcock family,

We are so sorry to hear of Dick’s passing. We have so many wonderful memories of Dick he was a wonderful guy and will truly be missed by many. May God hold you in his loving arms during this most difficult time.

The Daniels' family 2018-06-11T15:12:11


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