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VanDenHeuvel, Raymond Theodore

Raymond Theodore VanDenHeuvel, 87, has left his life of leadership on Earth to join the greatest Leader of all in Heaven. Ray passed away with Pat and his family at his side at Bellin Memorial Hospital on New Year's Eve.

Ray was born on September 20, 1927 to Henry and Marie (Gevers) VanDenHeuvel. Growing up he was proud to work on the family farm in West De Pere.

Ray graduated from Nicolet High School (now West De Pere High School) in May of 1946 as the Class President. Following school, he became interested in becoming an electrician. He learned under the mentoring of Harold Janssen (Electric).

When he was 23, Ray served in the Army for two years as an MP. He returned to West De Pere and purchased Harold's electrical company.

Ray and his wife of 61 years, Patricia (Geurts) VanDenHeuvel, married on August 15, 1953. Together they began a large family, several large businesses, and a dutiful existence.

His gift of business knowledge brought him to heights he never imagined. He would start several electrical companies and construction firms, combining them in the holding company of VHC, Inc.

For several years, Ray was a Cubmaster for the Boy Scouts in De Pere. He was also on the Town of Lawrence Board and was a driving force behind its development.

In 1969, he was named the Man of the Year by the De Pere Chamber of Commerce.

Ray was President of the De Pere Rotary Club in 1972, and as such, presented "Roses for the Living" to Syble Hopp. He served many years on the Donovan School Board and was a leader in bringing the Syble Hopp School to De Pere. He enjoyed his years on the Syble Hopp Board and his friendships with Joe Donovan and Syble Hopp.

In 1976, Ray was part of the De Pere Rotary Foundation that presented the Outstanding Student Scholarship Program, a tradition that continues to this day. His interest in education led him to be an instrumental force in developing the electrical programs at NWTC.

Ray spent his life helping others by providing thousands of jobs. He was particularly proud of the long-term relationships that he enjoyed with his employees and business partners.

Locally, Ray was a donor to many causes, particularly where the needs involved the handicapped or education. Of note was the 2000 opening of the Ray VanDenHeuvel Family Campus Center at St. Norbert College and the 2002 opening of the Ray and Pat VanDenHeuvel Power Plant on the Bellin Hospital Campus.

Pat and Ray loved to travel with their family to Florida, Canada, out West, and Las Vegas.

Ray is survived by his wife Pat, and eight children whom they loved deeply and committed their entire lives to: Ron (Kelly) VanDenHeuvel, Ann (Pat) Murphy, Dave (Sandy) VanDenHeuvel, Steve (Bambi) VanDenHeuvel, Raymond II (Julie) VanDenHeuvel, Jane (Butch) Piontek, Tim (Britney) VanDenHeuvel, and Pattie (Craig) Kassner.

Ray is further survived by his grandchildren: Ronnie (Tara), Ryan (Erin), Kristie (Pat),Henry, Kate, Pat, Brian (Amy), Stacie (Ryan), Stephanie(Matt), Caithlin (Taylor), Brooke (Mike), Bobby, Matt, Alicia (James), Todd (Nicole), Brian, Alex, Cameron (Katie), Kyle, Raymond III (Becca), Brandon, Dalton, Melody, Ashley, Jake, Alley, Courtney (Jared), Valerie, Matt, Chandler, Austin, and Dayton. Ray and Pat also have 32 ¾ great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. With Ray and Pat's loving encouragement, this large extended family celebrates together several times each year. Our beloved family Patriarch will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

He is also survived by two sisters-in-law Dorothy VanDenHeuvel and Marge Geurts, and one brother-in-law Robert Mommaerts. In addition to his parents, Ray was preceded in death by one sister, Joanie Mommaerts; two brothers and a sister-in-law Melvin (Rose) and Richard; an infant grandson Hayden; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lillian and Elmer Geurts; and brother-in-law Roger Geurts.

Family and friends may visit from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 4, 2015 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, 305 N. Tenth St, De Pere. Visitation will continue from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family, corner of Suburban Dr and Lourdes Ave, De Pere. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem. officiating. Full Military Honors will follow Mass and his burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send condolences to Ray's family. All memorial donations will be directed to Syble Hopp School, De Pere.

Pat and the family wish to thank the wonderful people of Unity Hospice, Helping Hands, and Bellin Memorial Hospital for the care extended to Ray.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jan. 3 to Jan. 5, 2015
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