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Steven R. Van Haren
Steven R. Van Haren, 62, of Gillett, passed away Saturday evening, July 1, 2017 surrounded by family at a Green Bay hospital after complications from a stroke he suffered in February, 2017.
Born Jan. 15, 1955, the sixth of 12 boys in Oconto Falls, to Clarence and Gladys "Tiny" (VandenBush) Van Haren, he attended St. Anthony Catholic Parochial School and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1973.
He lived most of his life in Oconto County where he worked at Carver Boat in Pulaski for 36 years and most recently at Diversified Woodcraft in Suring.
He will be remembered for his love of racing, hunting and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed being in the woods looking for signs of deer or turkey and working on his son Josh's race car.
In 2003 he married Laurie Gonion and they loved being together and making special memories. He was known to his grandchildren as "Papa Steve", and he taught them important things in life with his kind heart, helping hands and warm word.
Survivors are his wife, Laurie VanHaren; five children, Steve (Mary), Rebecca (Rob), Mellissa (Paul), Robert and Josh (Ashley); an adopted son, Kyle Frederick; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; 11 brothers, Nick (Sandi), Mike (Danni), Bill (Dawn), Richard, Jerry (Debbie), Tom (Lisa), Bruce (Karen), Eugene (Vicki) Tim (Callie), Jessie, Pat (Nancy); his in-laws, Mike Gonion and Elizabeth Solberg; two brothers-in-law, Jim and Kevin (Tammy) Gonion; many aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Tyffany Stevens and his mother-in-law, Vanessa Gonion.
Visitation will be held at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls on Friday, July 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls on Saturday, July 8 from 8 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m., with Rev. Fr. Joel Sember officiating, followed by Cremation.