Roger Joseph Vanden Heuvel, age 75, passed away surrounded by his family on Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Roger was born in DePere, on June 6, 1938, to the late Albert and Adell (Van De Hey)Vanden Heuvel.
Roger served in the Army Reserves and did 6 months of active duty after graduating from high school. He worked 40 plus years at the Kimberly Mill until his retirement in 2001. Roger's hobbies and passions included golfing, fishing- both water and ice, hunting with his children, building birdhouses and feeders, anything crafty, vegetable and flower gardening, going up north, cooking, grilling-especially his “famous” ribs, and mixing one of the best old-fashioneds (“wonderful ideas”) you'll find. He also enjoyed playing cards and cribbage with the guys at JP's bar and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Additionally, Roger was an avid Packer, Badger, and Brewer fan.
Roger will be dearly missed by his wife of 31 years, Lucy (Vanden Hogen) of Kimberly; children, Tom (Ellen) of Menasha, Tim (Annette) of Green Bay and their children Tana and Colton; Jill (John) Evers of Combined Locks and their daughter Haley; David (Jennifer) of Sherwood and their daughters Cori and Cassidy; step-children, Jeff (Vivian) of Darboy and their children Brian (Angie) and Kelly; Mike (Ann) of Appleton and their children AmyLynn, Lisa, and Travis; JoAnne (Mike) Delano of Appleton and their children Michelle Kring, Richard , Joe (Miranda), Amanda, and Kayla; Don (Linda) of Little Chute and their children Cami and Matt; 11 plus step-great-grandchildren; sister, Pat (Clarence) Kilsdonk of Wausaukee; sister-in-law, Janice Vanden Heuvel of Kimberly; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Roger was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Omer Van De Hey; sister, Shirley; brother, Jerome; son, Jeff; parents-in-law, Joseph and Florence Theyel; sister, Cecelia (Bill) Hamilton; and two of his best friends, Wence Vanden Hogen and Russell “Buck” Zillges.
Funeral liturgy for Roger will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013, at HOLY SPIRIT/HOLY NAME CHURCH, 600 E. Kimberly Avenue, Kimberly, with Msgr. Jim Vanden Hogen officiating. Visitation will be held at church from 2:00 p.m. until the time of service. Roger will be laid to rest privately at Holy Name Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wichmannfargo.com.
Roger and his family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Toni Neal, Matt, Ange, and Nicci at Neal Diabetic Foot Clinic; Becky and the entire staff at Fresenius Dialysis Clinic of Appleton; Roger's numerous doctors: Dr. Dernian, Dr. Robert Wilson, Dr. Koepper, Dr. Brooks, Greg Bautch APNP, Dr. Winek, Dr. Ballard, Dr. Boren, and Dr. Swanson. A special thanks to the many drivers at Valley Transit/Running Inc., Anita at Rennes Healthcare Center, and Melissa at Parkside Nursing Home. Your care and compassion will be remembered always.
I said “God, I hurt.” And God said, “I Know.” I said, “God, I cry a lot.” And God said, “That's why I gave you tears.” I said, “God, life is hard sometimes.” And God said, “That's why I gave you loved ones.” I said, “God, my loved one died.” And God said, “So did mine.” I said, “God, it is such a loss.” And God said, “I watched mine nailed to a cross.” I said, “But God, your loved one lives.” And God said, “So does yours.” I said, “God, where are they now?” and God said, “Mine is on My right, and yours is in the light.” We love you dad, we'll miss you, we'll see you in Heaven.