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Jerome N. Van Laanen
Jerome Jerry Norbert Van Laanen, 71, of Stevens Point, passed away Sunday, Jan. 19 at St. Clares Hospital in Weston, surrounded by his family.
Born in Luxemburg on July 8, 1942, to the late Cyrus and Marie (Rueckl) Van Laanen, he grew up there and was a long term resident of Suamico and retired in Stevens Point. He married Robyn Reitmeier on Sept. 4, 1965. His family includes John and Ruth, Jim and Kay, Kevin and Chris, Kris and Julie, Jackie and Bob Foster, Jean and Milt Van Lanen, Jane and Dave Ritter and Julie and Bob Jansch, all from Green Bay.
He was recognized for his efforts in conservation including former president of Green Bay Duck Hunters Association, Harbor Commission, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Hunter Safety Instructor and other conservation efforts. He was the founder, president & CEO of the Rainbow Creek Goose Hunting Club. He served in the United States Army Reserve and was employed at Eland Electric Company for many years and was a member of the IBEW Union Local 158. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed reading and spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife, Robyn; a son, Eric (Jenny) Van Laanen, of Wausaukee; a daughter, Kelly Van Laanen (Darrell Toliver), of Plover and four granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jeff.
A memorial will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay with visitation from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. followed by a funeral service.
In Lieu of flowers, donations can be given to educational programs at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico.
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