THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Gordon VanLaanen, 80, of Marinette, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11 surrounded by family.
As a child, he grew up in Green Bay where he attended Green Bay East High School. He lived in Seattle and Texas, but always returned to Wisconsin, living in Marinette since 1993.
He served in the United States Air Force as a jet mechanic in Libya and worked for Boeing in the first productions of the 747. He also ran his own Tavern, Gordy's Last Frontier.
He enjoyed woodworking, the outdoors, was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved his guns.
He is survived by four children, Vicki (Matt) DeCleene and Rick VanLaanen, both of Marinette, Scott (Cathy) VanLaanen, Lakewood and Shannon VanLaanen, Green Bay; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Helen VanLaanen.
Visitation was held at Twin City Baptist in Marinette on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 9:30 a.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon.