THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Reginald J. Vande Hei
Reginald "Reggie" J. Vande Hei, 83, of the Town of Humboldt, passed away Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 surrounded by family.
Born Sept. 20, 1934 in Green Bay, to the late Henry and Lorraine (Champeau) Vande Hei, he helped with the family farm for many years and then served in the United States Air Force. On June 22, 1963, he married Sally Coppens.
He worked for Pivonka Repair and in 1971 took over and started New Franken Welding. He was one of the founding volunteers of the New Franken Fire Department, was an avid Packer fan and enjoyed fishing, time at the cabin and playing cards.
An affluent farmer, he liked his hands in the soil, had good fruit trees and loved growing cauliflower and gardening. He enjoyed talking with friends and neighbors at the shop and eating out with them, but mostly time with family.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sally Vande Hei; four children, Linda (Roy) Roberts, New Franken, Mike Vande Hei and Steve (Sharie) Vande Hei, both of Green Bay and Terry Vande Hei, Luxemburg; eight grandchildren; two great-granddaughters; brothers and sisters, Jean Lepak, Maryann (Dave) Dwyer, Jim (Janice) Vande Hei of Peshtigo and Tom (Mary) Vande Hei; brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim (special friend, Karen) Coppens, Nan (Jim) Ayers, Dave (Isabelle) Coppens, Mark (special friend, Deb) Coppens and Gary (Jenny) Coppens and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Ray and Aurelia Coppens; a brother-in-law, Norb Lepak and a sister-in-law, Jean Coppens.
Visitation will be held at Proko Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., Green Bay on Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 4 p.m. until time of a wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Sugar Bush, 5930 Humboldt Rd., Luxemburg on Thursday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Rev. Daniel Viertel will officiate with entombment in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. A memorial is being established.