Dr. Richard Besançon (1926-2014)


Dr. Richard Besançon (1926-2014) "Private Richard Besançon (1926-2014) at age eighteen, at the time of his enlistment in the U.S. Army (approximately July, 1944)."Left: Private Richard Besançon (1926-2014) at age eighteen, at the time of his enlistment in the U.S. Army (approximately July, 1944).

Dr. Richard Besançon was born in Stryker, Williams County, Ohio, in 1926. Richard worked as a theology professor at Judson University. He passed away in Elgin, Illinois, on March 10, 2014.

From Dr. Richard Besançon's memorial article on the Judson website:

"Dr. Besançon was born on May 14, 1926 in Stryker, Ohio, the son of Paul & Lena (Grisier) Besançon. He was a graduate of Wheaton College, Baylor University and the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was an ordained Southern Baptist Minister, and he pastored churches in Waco, Texas, Madison, Wisc., and Cicero, Ill. He also served in the Army’s 42nd Rainbow Division in World War II. He was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Elgin.

"He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Vannye (Whitley) Besançon.  Children, Jonathan, Kathryn and Sarah (Keith) Thompson; grandson Ryan Thompson; a brother Bill of Toledo, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, and siblings, Harry, Clementine (Hill), Paul and twin brother Robert."

Date of birth: May 14, 1926
Place of birth: Stryker, Williams County, Ohio, United States of America
Mother: Lena Susan Grisier (1890-1968)
Father: Paul Napoleon Besançon (1870-1951)
Spouse: Vannye Kathryn Whitley (born April 2, 1929)
Children: Jonathan Besançon (LIVING), Kathryn Besançon (LIVING), and Sarah (Besançon) Thompson (LIVING)
Date of death: March 10, 2014
Place of death: Elgin Township, Kane County, Illinois, United States of America
Place of burial: Bluff City Cemetery, 945 Bluff City Boulevard, Elgin, Illinois 60120
See also: Fox Valley Veterans: A Salute to Hometown Heroism by George Rawlinson (Elgin, Illinois: State Street Publishing, 2004).
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Richard Besançon (1926-2014)
James P. Grisier (1865-Unknown)
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