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Clayton Van Rens

Issue Date: May 2, 2019

Clayton "Skip" Van Rens, 84, of Shawano, formerly of Gillett, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2019, holding his wife's hand after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born July 3, 1934 in Green Bay, to the late Frank and Mabel (DeKelver) Van Rens, he was baptized at St. Phillips Church in Green Bay and graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1953. In 1957 he was drafted into the United States Army and was stationed in Fort Hood, Tx. Later he was stationed in Germany for one and a half years and was honorably discharged in 1959.

He married Betty Heise on Aug. 29, 1959 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed and returned to Green Bay to work at Northern Paper and then moved to Gillett where he worked at Gillett Cement in May of 1966 from where he retired after 37.5 years.

He enjoyed making yard projects, taking care of his lawn, decorating for Christmas, motorcycling, snowmobiling, reading westerns, watching WWE wrestling, playing cards with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and watching them play sports, but especially loved family get-togethers. He looked forward to Saturday nights at Shawano Speedway with family and friends. He is a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty of Shawano; four children, Terri (Mike) Reuter of Shawano, Russ (Ellen Siebold) Van Rens of Abrams, Paul (Treana) Van Rens of Gillett and Jon Van Rens of Lena; a brother, Jerry (Elaine) Van Rens of Marinette; an aunt, Almira Bowers; a sister-in-law, Isabelle Luebeck; a brother-in-law, Leonard Sr. (Delores) Heise; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Doc Van Rens and Mel Van Rens; his in-laws, Art and Clara Heise and two brothers-in-law, Ecker Luebeck and Arnie Heise.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 3 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m., with Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating, followed by Military Honors. Interment will be in Nicolet Memorial Park Mausoleum. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. A memorial fund has been established in his memory.


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