Van Egeren, Harold (Van)
Harold (Van) Van Egeren, resident of Suamico, passed away Tuesday, October 9, 2012, after celebrating his 80th birthday. Harold (known by all as Van) suffered a heart attack and stroke eight months ago while "snowbirding" in Ft. Myers, Florida. Marsha, his wife, was able to return him to Green Bay to be among family and friends and to enjoy another Wisconsin summer.
Van enjoyed a full life with traveling in his motor home, motor cycling, snowmobiling, golfing, reading and playing Texas Holdem. He probably knew every flea market, casino poker room in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and was well known for his love of unique sports cars and collector antique cars.
Van started his long work career as an eight year old paperboy for the Green Bay Press Gazette, riding the train from the East side to the West side of town and back again. He worked out West as a cowboy on a sheep ranch and he helped build the "Hungry Horse Dam" in Montana. He was a sales representative for General Motors
and worked several years for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad. He loved the challenge of starting up a new business and over the period of 40 years he owned such varied enterprises as Willard's Bakery, CIA Engineering, the Arena Motel, Arena Apartments, Green Bay Pallet, Dimension Lumber and the Ivanhoe Supper Club.
His last summer was spent with tons of rehab and doctor's appointments and almost daily trips to his favorite place - Barnes and Noble Booksellers. He made it to the Saturday and Wednesday Farmers Markets and a few lunches at his favorite restaurant, The Golden Basket. He got to enjoy one more St. Willebrords "Kids" reunion and he got to see his friends at the Chicago Northwestern Railroad Retirees Dinner. But, his biggest accomplishment was finding a "creative" way to renew his driver's license in spite of his stroke-related challenges.
He is survived by his wife, Marsha Van Egeren (Copeland); daughter, Brenda Margo, Raleigh, NC and two grandchildren, Bobbi Jo, Attleboro, MA and Jered, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Harold was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy (Dot) Leurquin and his father and mother, Almond (Mux) and Lorraine Van Egeren.
Gathering of family and friends will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012, at Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue, from 9:30 a.m. until the memorial service at 11:00 a.m. with Ann Froelich officiating.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com
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