James J. De Valk (1950 - 2012)

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De Valk, James J.

James J. De Valk, Little Chute, age 61, died Sunday November 18, 2012 at his home surrounded by family. He was born in Appleton, WI on December 16, 1950 to Donald and Corrita (Van Kessel) De Valk. He was a graduate of Kimberly High School. Jim married Melinda "Lynn" Van Asten on January 28, 1971 at Holy Name Parish. A Vietnam War veteran, he proudly served as a U.S. Marine. Jim was the owner and operator of Jim & J De Valk Builders in Little Chute and Thunder Valley Cycles in Oshkosh. He enjoyed fishing, working in his shop and riding his motorcycle. He was happiest spending time with his family and grandchildren at the cottage.

Jim is survived by his wife of almost 42 years, Lynn; children: Jason (Jill) of Little Chute; Heather (John) Woelfel, Little Chute; and Michelle (Ryan) Pociask, Sheboygan Falls; grandchildren: Lindsie and Emmy De Valk, Tyler, Trent and Gracie Woelfel, Henry, Lillian and Clayton Pociask; parents: Donald and Corrita De Valk; siblings: David "Charlie" (Carol), Sharon (Mike) Evers, Dick (Sheila), Cyndi (Brian) Cahill, Mike (Sarah), Marj Lamers, Mark (Rachelle), Diane (Tony) Uitenbroek, Don (Marie) and Ron "Chip" (Kelly); and Lynn's siblings: Jennifer (Al) Hatton and Dick (Peggy) Van Asten. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jim was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Melvin and Eugenia (Bowers) Van Asten.

Visitation will be held Wednesday November 21, 2012 at ST. JOHN NEPOMUCENE CATHOLIC CHURCH (323 S. Pine St. Little Chute) beginning at 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass at 12:00 Noon. Military honors will follow. To sign the guest book, please visit oconnellfh.com. A memorial is being established.

The family would like to thank the many doctors and nurses who provided tireless care to Jim over the last 15 months.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Nov. 20, 2012
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