William-van Straaten-Obituary

William van Straaten

Wilmette, Illinois

Apr 29, 1937 – Dec 23, 2013 (Age 76)


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William "Bill" van Straaten, 76, died peacefully at home in Denver, CO, on December 23, 2013. He was born April 29, 1937, to Virginia and Herbert van Straaten in Chicago, IL. Bill founded Chicago's van Straaten Gallery in 1969 on Michigan Ave. In 1982 the contemporary print gallery made a...

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Bill was an enormous influence on me when still a design student in the '60's. He is singularly responsible for starting me on the art collecting track, a passion I still engage in today. I'm so sorry I didn't keep track of Bill and Jan in the last year or so and will always regret my inaction.My best to his family.
Wayne Mikosz
Placitas, NM

I don't know what caused me to google Bill a couple of days ago after all these years. Bill and I were fraternity brothers at UNM and roomed together in the dorm one semester (spring 1957) and then again the entire '57-'58 school year in a duplex off-campus. Now I'm kicking myself for not having made any contact over the years. Bill was a true character...and a true friend I'll never forget. My heartfelt condolences to the family. I know he will be missed.

With sincere condolences. Karen and David.

An old friend has gone....danny

Bob and I will miss Bill's joy of life and irascible wit. He was a generous
friend for over forty years and we enjoyed some wonderful memories with him and Jan. We will hold these memories dear as we remember Bill and his life in the arts. He made a difference in his world of art and crating art. Am saddened I have lost a real friend to laugh with and remember with. His laugh is with me forever.

I did not know him, but it is obvious that he was a great person with tremendous heart, joie de vie and talent, just knowing his daughter Tracy. Rest in peace, and my sympathies for all of you who will surely miss him.

Jan, You and Bill fought so hard the last couple of years. It is never easy. I truly enjoyed Bill's good natured ribbing and his compliments. I looked forward to my visits with both of you. Please come see me when you are back in Denver. Allow me to assist you in any way you need. It's weird but all last week I had a strong sense of getting in contact with you. I thought alot about the two of you and I still am.
I really liked him! Susan Benlamin

My love and thoughts are with the van Straaten family. Bill had an enormous personality. Whenever Justine or Derek started with "So, my Dad....." you knew to get ready for a good story. He was colorful and never dull. My favorite memory of Bill is when he was cheering for Hallie when she first started walking in Colorado. Pure joy. Loud, exciting, and full of life.