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David John Van Denzen

September 10, 1942 — January 22, 2024


David J. Van Denzen, 81, of Appleton, WI, passed away on January 22, 2024, in Bradenton, Florida.

David was born in Appleton, WI, on September 10, 1942, to Richard and Esther Van Denzen.

On October 28, 1972, he married the love of his life, Jeanine Laughlin. 

Dave retired from Ray-o-Vac in 2004, after 21 years with them.

Dave’s love for fishing was known by everyone.   He spent many years fishing Lake Michigan.  Later, Dave and Jeanine enjoyed ten wonderful years in Fort Myers Beach, FL, fishing and the warm weather. Dave took much teasing about his massive collection of fishing rods.

Dave is survived by his wife, Jeanine, his children Gregory (Jessice Helgeson) Van Denzen of Waupaca, WI, Sherrie Eichinger (David “Henry” Hendricks) of Appleton, WI, Victoria Wisneski of Appleton, WI, his grandchildren Amber (Franciso) Suarez of Mulberry, FL, Crystal Buttles of Madison, WI, David Eichinger of Menasha, WI, Steven Wisneski of Appleton, WI, great grandchildren Tristan and Aria Suarez of Mulberry, FL, Jada Schommer of Kewaunee, WI and his brother Daniel Van Denzen of Tomahawk, WI. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his father and mother-in-law, Bob and Christine Laughlin. 

A special thank you to the Wichmann team for answering a million questions and helping us navigate unknown waters.

 Another special thanks to Melodie and the entire crew of nurses in the Critical Care Unit at Manatee Memorial Hospital.  Thank you for the wonderful care you give your patients.  Your kindness will never be forgotten.

We know dad is fishing in the great heavenly skies.



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