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Steven K. Van Dyke

Steven K. Van Dyke, 63, of Bonita Springs, Fla. and Green Bay, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 11 following a lengthy illness.

Born on Jan. 6, 1945, to Joseph and Beverly Van Dyke in Chicago, Ill. he graduated from Marinette Catholic Central High School in 1963 and married Ellen Ney on May 30, 1986.

He earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from Marquette University in 1968 and his MBA from the University of Chicago’s Executive Program in 1982. He worked as the planning and engineering department supervisor for the Honolulu, Hawaii, Gas Company in Hawaii for three years before returning to Wisconsin in 1971 to join Foth & Van Dyke as their first mechanical engineer. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Foth & Van Dyke in 1981 and served in that capacity until 2006.

In 2005 along with Bob Rupp, he became a founding partner of The Renewal Group. He served on the Marquette University College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Council; Milwaukee School Engineering’s Committee on Research and Consulting; various national and state committees for the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) and UW-System Governors Task Force on Engineering and Technology. He also had roles in statewide engineering professional groups, including the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers (WSPE), State of Wisconsin Professional Engineers in Private Practice, WSPE’s Fox River Valley Chapter and the Northeast Wisconsin Quality Improvement Network, along with many other engineering and community organizations.

He launched the Einstein Project, a non-profit school-business-community partnership to improve the quality of science education for K-8 students in Wisconsin. The program gives more than 85,000 students participation of hands-on science. He received a heart transplant in March of 1998 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen; children, Bill (Melissa) Ney of Green Bay and Erin Ney Dunbar of Bonita Springs, Fla.; a daughter-of-the-heart, Susannah (Jeffrey) Nichols of Cripe and a son-of-the-heart, David Dunbar; his grandchildren; his father, Joseph C. Van Dyke of De Pere; two brothers, Kieth (Cindy) of Green Bay and Neil (Lee Prange) of De Pere; sisters, Mrs. John (Lynne) Lozanski of Heath, Tex., Mrs. Dan (Mary Joan) O’Leary of Suamico and Lisa Mueller of Green Bay; special aunt, Joan Majewski of Green Bay; two sisters-in-law, Lori (Jerry) Carlson of Amherst and Janet (Donald) Baltes of Superior; a brother-in-law, Robert (Don) Olsen of Fairbanks, Ak.; his father-in-law, Thomas Pearson of Superior; aunts, an uncle, nieces, nephews and numerous cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Van Dyke; his mother-in-law, Beverly Pearson and father-in-law, Robert A. Olsen.

Visitation was held at Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14. Visitation will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Dr., Allouez from 3 p.m. until time of funeral services at 4 p.m. Bishop Robert Morneau will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name to Ecumenical Partnership for Housing (EPH), Einstein Project or Unity Hospice are kindly requested.


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