Judson University Mourns Passing of Faculty Emeritus Dr. Richard Besancon
(Elgin, IL - March 11, 2014) Judson University Faculty Emeritus Dr. Richard Besancon, 87, of Elgin passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014. He served as a faculty member at Judson College in the Christian Religion and Philosophy Department founding in 1963 to his retirement in 1994.
Dr. Besancon was born on May 14, 1926 in Stryker, Ohio, the son of Paul & Lena (Grisier) Besancon. 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) Besancon. 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.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church (1735 W Highland Ave., Elgin). Burial with Military Honors will follow in Bluff City Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-8 p.m. in the Laird Funeral Home, Elgin and on Saturday morning at the church until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Besancon Family Scholarship at Judson University. For more information please call 847-741-8800 or visit www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com