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Cornelius (Casey) Herman Lamers, Kimberly, after a lifetime well lived, the kind and gentle soul known as Casey Lamers had his prayers answered by passing away on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Appleton Medical Center. Casey was born on March 1, 1922 in Schaijk, Holland, the son of Arnold and Petronella (Nellie) Lamers. He immigrated to the U.S. with his family in November of 1923 at the tender age of 20 months. Through the years, challenges awaited him along with his four sisters and five brothers growing up in the midst of the great depression. He did his patriotic duty enlisting in the Army during World War II spending the first portion of his tour as a driver for generals here and abroad with the latter portion jumping out of airplanes as a paratrooper in the Pacific. On June 17, 1947 he married Dorothy Van Lankvelt and raised their children Dan, Bob and Mary Jane along with many foster children. Casey loved fishing and playing sheepshead. His passion was fishing, learned at an early age with his Dad at the Lake Poygan family cottage. Years later, he carried on the tradition purchasing a cottage of his own on Lake Poygan. Casey made good use of his spare time to create things - he was always working with wood to create tables, picture frames, decorative cut-outs etc. Many of these things are still around in his children and grandchildren's homes. For several years he enjoyed being a Jack-of-All-Trades with Bobby Van Elzen at Van Elzen's Apple Orchard in Kimberly. Casey was a lifelong Catholic. He is currently a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Kimberly of which Fr. Dave Beaudry is the pastor. He was a member of the American Legion, volunteered at St. Joseph's Pantry, delivered Meals on Wheels, was a Eucharistic Minister, worked at Holy Name Rummage Sale to list just a few of his community service endeavors. He just loved people.
Casey is survived by Dorothy, his wife of 65 years; son/ Dan (grandchildren Avery and Eli); son/ Bob and Mary Lamers (grandsons Jeffrey (Laura) and Joseph, daughter/ Mary Jane and Bruce Cummings (granddaughters Elizabeth (fiancé Rob Mossop) and Anne (Greg Brahe) along with his beloved namesake - great-grandchild Casey Brahe. He is survived by his sister Nellie Ver Voort and sisters-in-laws Theresa, Pat & Ellen Lamers along with Vern Van Lankvelt, Fran Van Nuland, Mugs Depies, Leo Campbell, Janet Van Lankvelt and Shirley Van Lankvelt. He is also survived by his godchildren who have brought many a smile to him throughout the years; Nancy Schoepel, Mike Pynenberg, Robin Piette, Julie DeBois, Jane Lewis, Denis Lamers and Carl Van Lankvelt.
Preceding him in death were his parents Arnold and Nellie (Schoppema) Lamers; his siblings and their spouses; Harry, John (Julie), Ann (Rich Pynenberg), Marie (Tony Greco), Harriet (Bernie Zack), Arnold (Theresa), Frank, Herman and Joe Ver Voort. This includes his in-laws; Hank Van Lankvelt, Pete Van Lankvelt, Pete Van Nuland, Rainer Depies, Ang Campbell, Bernie Van Lankvelt and Phil Van Lankvelt.
Casey had the gift of gab. He could talk to anyone about anything. Neighbors, relatives, friends could be assured of a great conversation spiced with his wonderful sense of humor and the twinkle in his baby blue eyes. We were lucky to have him for 90 blessed years. His loss leaves a gaping hole in the lives of many that knew him. He was a very special man.
Mass of Christian Burial for Casey will be at 12:00 Noon on Monday, December 10, 2012 at HOLY SPIRIT PARISH at HOLY NAME of JESUS CHURCH, 602 E. Kimberly Ave., Kimberly with Fr. Dave Beaudry officiating. Friends and relatives will be received directly at church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be at Holy Name Cemetery in Kimberly. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. www.boettcherfamilyfuneral.com
Special thanks go out to Cindy and Bob Wolf, Bob Eger, Gary Valentine, Gary Van Oss, Theda Care Hospice Staff, Lou Sharpless, Beth Duchateau, Melissa Strubbe, Dr. Jack Swanson and the AMC 3rd floor cardiology staff - Connie, Sara and Kimberly among many others. Your care made his journey onward comfortable and painless.
Boettcher Family Funeral Home
2401 Fieldcrest Drive Kaukauna, WI 54130
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Dec. 7, 2012