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Virgil J. Van Camp
Virgil J. Van Camp passed away Thursday, April 27 at Iron Mountain Veterans Hospital.
Born Jan. 12, 1923 in Kaukauna, to John and Minnie Van Camp, he served in World War II for three years in the Army Air Corps in Japan and ground combat on Iwo Jima. He received an honorable discharge on Feb. 26, 1946 as a Corporal and also the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, American Theater Service Medal, a star for the Air Offense in Japan, and a Ground Combat Award for being in Iwo Jima when the American Flag was raised. He was a proud member of the VFW.
He owned and operated Virg's Mobil Gas Station in De Pere until moving to Pembine in 1970 to raise beef cattle. He sold his cattle in 2011 at the age of 88 and quit farming.
He loved hunting deer with his nephew Tom Juza and turkey and bear hunting and trout fishing with his brother Kenny. He enjoyed visits from friends and relation and was always ready for a game of cards.
He was cared for by his two nieces, Patty Trinkner, Wendy Walak and Vance and by his sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Bob Miller. The Veterans Arms of Angels came daily to make him comfortable until he was moved to the Veterans Nursing Facility in February 2017 until his death of pneumonia.
He is survived by four sisters, Lillian Vissers, Rita (Clifford) Schmidt, Marge Calaway and May Ann (Bob) Miller; a sister-in-law, Nancy Van Camp; 48 nieces and nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Minnie Van Camp; a sister, Laurie Albers; four brothers, Fabian, Alvin, Cyril and Kenny Van Camp; four sisters-in-law, Barbara Van Camp, Lavern Van Camp, Audrey Van Camp and Darlene Van Camp; three brothers-in-law, Bernard Albers, Jerome Calaway and Bernard Vissers and two nephews, Bobby and Marty Van Camp
He had six godchildren, his sister, Mary Ann Miller; nephews, Bobby Van Camp, Johnny Van Camp, Dennis Van Camp and John Van Camp and his niece, Jane Juza.
The highlight of his life was the Old Glory Honor Flight at 88 years old to the World War II Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. in 2011.
Family and friends visited at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family in De Pere on Tuesday, May 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem. officiated with military funeral honors. Burial was next to his parents in Mt Calvary Cemetery. Ryan Funeral Home of De Pere assisted the family with arrangements.