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Vander Pas, Bill

Eureka- Cyril A. "Bill" Vander Pas, 83, of Eureka, IL, passed away 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Maple Lawn Health Care Center in Eureka.

He was born on September 19, 1929, in Little Chute, Wisconsin, to William and Marie Coonen Vander Pas, who came to the United States from Holland in 1902. He was the youngest of nine children. He married Wanda E. "Betty" Drefs of Eureka on September 1, 1951, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eureka. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, James (Elise) Vander Pas of Sparta, NJ; William (Kristin) Vander Pas of Olathe, KS; one sister, Geraldine Biersteker of Springfield, OH; six grandchildren, twins, Brett and Todd, Kristin, Aaron, Mark and Megan.

His parents; three brothers and four sisters preceded him in death.

An Army veteran, Bill served his country during the Korean War. He was a member of the Eureka American Legion Post #466.

Bill worked for Montgomery Ward as a retail merchandiser for 42 years, retiring in 1991. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church since 1952 and had served time as Elder Secretary, treasurer, trustee, and Sunday school superintendent. He was also a member of the Eureka Sportsman Club.

Bill was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and season ticket holder. He was a charter member of Americas Pack, the Central Illinois Packer Backers, and a charter member of Packer Partners.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2013, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eureka. Pastor Joe Burns will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11:30 at the church prior to the funeral. Entombment will be held at the Star of Hope Chapel Mausoleum at Highland Memorial Park in Appleton, WI, which is located 20 miles from Lambeau Field, home of the World Champion Green Bay Packers, America's Team.

Memorial contributions may be given to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Eureka. Online condolences may be set the family at ruestmanharrisfuneralhome.com.

Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Mar. 28, 2013
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