Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home - Champaign Il

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Richard Antisdel

Celebration of Life memorial services for Richard Antisdel, 68, of Urbana, will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign.

antisdelMr. Antisdel passed away at BroMenn Medical Center, Normal, Illinois on Thursday, Aug. 17, following surgery for a brain tumor.  He was a follower of The Path of Bliss.

A socially active nature lover, his desire to help others was both keen and deep.  His passion was to empower groups to collaborate and cooperate in collective decision-making.  He was on the board that helped to the Urbana Common Ground Food Coop move to Lincoln Square, as well as reorganize their governance structure so it would be governed by policy rather than personality.  Today it is a thriving example of what we can do when we work together and rise above self interest.

Richard had a special affinity for Native American peoples and cultures. He was very involved in Dakota Access Pipeline demonstrations, and participated in successfully lobbying the Urbana City Council to pass a resolution opposing the pipeline and supporting the rights of indigenous peoples.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Barbara, and three brothers, Leigh, Darryl and Roger. He was the son of the late Harold W. and Evelyn Marie Antisdel. He was preceded in death by his brother James and his daughter Annapurna to whom he was very devoted.

In lieu of flowers we encourage tax deductible memorial contributions for assisting Haitian people in their recovery from hurricane and earthquake destruction to AMNA, 218 Chambers RD, St. Louis, MO 63137-3930 or please contribute to the Organic Consumers Association for the protection of our environment and our food at www.organicconsumers.org.

Condolences to the family may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.


Dearest Barbara,

Though I cry of your loss, I also celebrate for the great contributions Richard has made to man and animal kind and I know he smiles down at us as we continue to lessen our carbon foot print that those coming coming after us will still see beauty in this world. I love you and you and Richard are in my prayers,



Dear Barbara and Family:

I was surprised to learn of Rick’s illness and passing, and I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a lovely person. I am glad to have known him, even though it was only a little bit. 

Lynn Canfield


Richard was such a kind and sensitive spirit. He was a gift to the community.

May you all find comfort and peace in this great loss.

Jan Kalmar


Dear Barbara,

I read with great sadness that Richard had died. I am so sorry for this enormous loss, especially following the death not so long ago of your dear Annapurna. I have a card I would like to send to you if you wish to contact me with an current address. My email is:  [email protected]  

I often think with gratitude about all you did for our family when the boys were little and through your guidance in the useof  homeopathy to treat their throat and ear infections you were able to help us break the cycle of using antibiotics. 


Nancy Yeagle