Richard F. Banta
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Banta, Richard F. Age 86, US Army Korean War Veteran, loving father of Jana (Chris) Jaquith and Karyn (Mike) Kozak. Cherished grandfather of Cameron, Andrea, Allison, and Michael. Dear brother of Marge Godinez, Jerry VanDusen, Sharon Wille, and the late Lucille Anderson and Robert Banta. Dearest uncle of many nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by Rich's friend and former spouse Laura Banta. Visitation Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 3:00 7:00 p.m. with a Funeral Service to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Colonial Chapel 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, IL. Interment with Military Honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road, Elwood, IL 60421 on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Express your thoughts and condolences at 708-532-5400.

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Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Mar. 15, 2020.
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March 26, 2020
I'm so sorry to here of the passing of Rich. He is a beautiful soul and a free spirit. He lived his life with a passion. Everytime we would met him he would have a new corny joke or pun. That's he would joy into peoples lives. He was proud to be a painter and when meeting a new friend he would always ask " Did I show you my picture of Sears tower?". It was a picture of him at the top and he was proud to have been a part in the making of that landmark. He always spoke of his children and grandchildren because he was also proud of them. He would come to my birthday bar-b-ques with my friend Roman and Rich would bring his horseshoes and be the hit of the party. Rich, Roman and I spent many Saturday afternoons eating pizza and drinking beer in front of the TV. I picture Rich now doing God's work in Heaven but in his free time he and Roman are having pizza in front of the TV. We were blessed to have him on earth and now it's his time to rejoice in Heaven.
Edward Dunn
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