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Roy Eugene “Rick” VanMeterPassing: July 26, 2021


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Sunday, August 1st @ 2:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Sunday, August 1st @ 12:00 p.m .- 2:00 p.m.


No Burial

BEDFORD – Roy Eugene “Rick” VanMeter, 68, passed away Monday, July 26, 2021, at his home.

Born May 8, 1953, in Mitchell, he was the son of Margaret VanMeter.  He married Renata Lynn Hoggatt December 16, 1983, and she preceded him in death July 18, 2020.

Rick retired from the military with 27 ½ years of service.  He was a U. S. Army veteran and a member of the Indiana National Guard.  He drove the tank that sits in front of the Bedford Armory from Camp Atterbury, or so that’s what the family was told.  Rick was inducted into Hoosier Heroes and Heroines.  After retirement, he worked auctions for Kinser and Robinson.

He spent a lot of time with Toys for Tots and was very active in community service.  He liked fishing and took a lot pride in his lawn.

Jamie Chastain of Paoli
Terri Keith of Bedford
Christy Falco of Bedford
Chad (Britni) Falco of Mitchell
Justin (Danielle) Chastain, Aaron (Kayleigh) Chastain, Jessa (Brian) Sorrells, Jackie (Carol) Keith, Trisha Keith, Jeremy Vaught, Breanna (Mason) Zepeda, John William Cooper III, Reilly “Pumpkin” Cooper, Shane VanMeter, Lea (Bobby) Philpott, Nathaniel Busch, Eli Glasgow, and Brendon Glasgow
Joslynn Chastain, Johanna Chastain, Madison Chastain, Makenna Chastain, Camden Davis, A’leila Chastain, Addaleigh Chastain, Arraleigh Chastain, Jaylynn Allender, Brileigh Sorrells, Emily Sorrells, William Sorrells, Blake Philpott, Zoey Philpott, Savannah Philpott, Ryden Francis, Cody Keith, Marislynn Keith, Maverick Keith, Jensley Keith, and Jackson Pemberton
Ralph “Butch” VanMeter of Bedford
Donna Hill of Michigan
Beth Parks of Scottsburg
Marla Salazar of Mitchell

His mother; wife; daughter, Kelly VanMeter; grandsons, Christopher Chastain and Cody Keith; great-granddaughter, McKayla Chastain; siblings, Charles “Mike” VanMeter and Melissa Overstreet; and best friend, Dobie, his dog,  preceded him in death.

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 1, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center. Military honors will be accorded by the Indiana National Guard and American Legion Post No. 250.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. until the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

The family requests that masks be worn.

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10 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Jamie Chastain | Paoli
    Date: August 5, 2021
    Love and miss you Dad. May you now be healthy and happy... Fly high Pop
  2. Guest: MSG (Ret) Carl R Spradlin | Muncie IndianaRI
    Date: July 31, 2021
    RIP Brother Good soldier
  3. Guest: 1SG(ret) Daniel Hayden | Lakeland, Florida
    Date: July 31, 2021
    Good Man, Good Soldier, Excellent Motor Sgt, Goid Friend. He will be missed. May the Lord, God, Almighty be with his entire Family. In this time of their sorrow. Rick, We will meet you later at "FIDDLERS GREEN".
  4. Guest: Mack Thompson | Gatlinburg
    Date: July 30, 2021
    Rest in peace Brother !!
  5. Guest: Melissa Wimer | Texas
    Date: July 30, 2021
    So sorry for your loss. Many prayers for the entire family.
  6. Guest: Barbara Burton | Bloomington, IN
    Date: July 29, 2021
    I first met Rick when we were in school at Riley. He was always nice to me—RIP Rick.
  7. Guest: Donald & Jackie Fuller | Mooresville
    Date: July 29, 2021
    We both worked with Rick in the Maint BN. Jackie was in the guard with Rick back in the late 1970's at the Bedford unit Co C 738 Maint BN. He was a great person to work with always looking out for his soldiers.
  8. Guest: Chad Falco | Mitchell, IN
    Date: July 28, 2021
    Thank you guys for such great words. He was most definitely a man of honor. A living definition of integrity. And sadly that is a dying breed. My whole adult life I’ve tried to figure out how to be a half. The man he was cuz i knew that is more than most and only one person ever fit his shoes. As I’ve raised two boys of my own I’ve learned how wrong I was when I was younger and just how good of a dad I was fortunate to have. This is a man that affected every life he encountered and will be missed by those same lives. I’ve always been proud to say he’s my dad but never realized every one doesn’t have that. Again thank you guys for such great words. Rest easy dad. That was one hell of a fight. I love ya!
  9. Guest: Terri Marshall and Bruce White | Bedford, In.
    Date: July 28, 2021
    We are sorry for the loss of Rick. He will be missed. He was a great neighbor for 20 years. He would help even when he shouldn't. Goodbye,Friend.
  10. Guest: Colleen jones | Wedowee , Alabama
    Date: July 28, 2021
    I can't imagine a world with out my cousins. Rick was a man of Honor and would help when ever possible. That was who he was. Rick and his brother Charles would come help my mother and I when I couldn't do things by myself. A wonderful Man has gone home.Amen