Keith VanAsten
1947 - 2020
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Keith Van Asten

Kimberly - Keith John Van Asten, age 72, of Kimberly, passed away on September 25, 2020 after a long battle with kidney cancer, at a local hospital. Keith was born on December 5, 1947 to Cyrus and Jeanne (Nytes) Van Asten in Appleton. He was a 1966 graduate of Kaukauna High School. After graduation he served his country honorably as a member of the U.S. Army from November of 1969 to August of 1971. On December 22, 1970 he married the former Barbara Marx in Basle, Switzerland, while he was stationed in Germany.

He was a 1973 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison, School of Pharmacy. He served his Internship at the Look Drug Store in Kaukauna. Beginning in 1974 he worked at Kimberly Pharmacy and he purchased that business in 1982. In December of 2009 he sold the business to Shopko Express. He continued to work with Shopko Express until his retirement in 2010.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, traveling, going to the casino and happy hour with Bob. He was also an avid Packers fan. If the game was on, he always had to be somewhere he could watch.

He will be sadly missed by his wife Barbara, 2 sons: Brian (Steph) Van Asten of Menasha and Craig Van Asten of Kimberly, grandchildren: Dustin Van Asten of Kaukauna, Tamara (fiancé Jake Thorson) Van Asten of Kimberly, and Lily Lutzow of Menasha, great-granddaughter Annalee of Kimberly, Brothers: Lee Van Asten of Florida, and Al (Peg) Van Asten of Little Chute, sisters: Debbie (special friend Joe Van Den Elsen) Hartjes of Little Chute, Bonnie Hopfensberger of Brillion, brothers-in-law: Tony (Karen) Marx of Menasha, Jim (Andrea) Marx of Michigan and Chuck (Julie) Marx of Illinois, sisters-in-law: Pat (Mike) Keberlein of Kaukauna, Kris (Randy) Mahn, Paul Fredrick and Russ Brittnacher of Menasha as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, great-granddaughter Oaklynn Thorson, sisters: Vickie Fredrick, and Donna Brittnacher, brothers-in-law Steve Hartjes and Greg Hopfensberger, as well as Barbara's parents Isadore and Lorraine Marx.

At the request of Keith's family, private funeral Services were held with interment at Holy Name Cemetery in Kimberly. Wichmann Funeral Homes, Jansen Fargo Funeral Home are serving the family. For more information and to express condolences, please visit

The family would like to thank Dr. T. Goggins and Dr. W. Conkright as well as the nurses and staff at ThedaCare Cancer Center and the doctors, nurses and staff at ThedaCare (AMC) Medical Center, and Dr. Greg Johnson and ThedaCare at Home Hospice.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Sep. 25 to Sep. 27, 2020.
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September 27, 2020
Barb, Thinking of you on this, your birthday. I have many dreams, but I always do of the Kimberly Pharmacy. Thanks for all the memories. You and Keith were the best to ever work for.
September 26, 2020
Dear Barb,
We are so sorry to hear of Keith's passing. Please be comforted by the 50 years you had together.
Love, Jack and Carol Marx
September 26, 2020
Dear Barb, Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. Keith put up a great fight! We will always remember the many good times we shared together, and still laugh about the "cookies". May he now Rest In Peace.
Lyle and Kay Vandenberg
September 26, 2020
Barb, I am so sorry to hear of Keiths passing. Please know that you're in my thoughts and prayers!
Janice Smits
September 26, 2020
Keith will be remembered as a great guy. I was fortunate to know Keith through grade school as well as high school. My condolences to Barb and his family.
Jean M Lamers
September 25, 2020
Dear Barb,
We were saddened to learn of Keith's death. May you be comforted in trusting that he is resting with Jesus now. Please accept our sincere sympathy. Our love, Ron and Joyce
Joyce Steers
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