THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Thomas A. Van Lanen
Issue Date: February 21, 2019
Thomas "Tom" A. Van Lanen, 57, of Black Creek, passed away Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2019 after a year-long battle with cancer.
Born June 27, 1961, to Ruth (Philipsen) Van Lanen and the late Alvin Van Lanen, he graduated from Seymour High School and then began his construction career, building many homes over the years. He owned and operated Wescott Lake Tavern in Pound and recently worked with M.R. Neubert Construction.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, was a proud member of the Itching Post Deer Camp hunting rabbits with his beagles and watching Packer games, NASCAR races and attended a race in 2018.
He is survived by his significant other, Connie Pedersen; two daughters, Ricki (Jeff) Wagner and Dakota Van Lanen; his mother, Ruth; two grandchildren, Emily and Kyle Wagner; Connie's children, Trevor and Kailee (Brandon); three sisters, Judy (Chris Wagner) Sigl, Joan (Steve) Cerveny and Janet (Dennis) Kohn; a brother, Pat (Karen) Van Lanen, Seymour; a sister-in-law, Ginger Van Lanen-Acken and Connie's family; an aunt; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends.
In addition to his father, Alvin, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffrey.
Friends called at Muehl Boettcher Funeral Home in Seymour on Sunday, Feb. 10 from 2 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 6 p.m., with Deacon Rich Matuszak officiating.