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Obituary for Virgil Van Camp

Virgil J. Van Camp passed away April 27, 2017 in Iron Mountain Veterans Hospital. He was born January 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 February 26, 1946 as a Corporal. He received 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.
Virgil owned and operated Virg’s Mobil Gas Station in De Pere, WI until his move to Pembine in 1970 to raise beef cattle. With great reluctance, he sold his cattle in 2011 at the age of 88 and quit farming.
He loved hunting deer with his nephew Tom Juza. He also loved turkey and bear hunting and trout fishing with his brother Kenny.
He loved 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 provided the Arms of Angels which came in daily to make him comfortable. Thanks to Wendy, Jessica, and Kathy form Arms of Angels. He was then moved to the Veterans Nursing Facility in February 2017 until his death of pneumonia.
Virgil is survived by his four sisters: Lillian Vissers, Rita (Clifford) Schmidt, Marge Calaway, and May Ann (Bob) Miller; his sister-in-law Nancy Van Camp; and 48 nieces and nephews; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents John and Minnie Van Camp; 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; two nephews: Bobby and Marty Van Camp; and his Kitty Frizzy which he had for 15 years.
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 his trip at 88 years old to the World War II Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. in 2011 with the Old Glory Honor Flight, this was his first airplane ride in 68 years since the war.
Although never marrying he was father to 50 nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may visit on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 8:30 to 10:30 AM at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family, 1307 Lourdes Ave, De Pere. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11:00 AM with Fr. Tim Shillcox, O. Praem. officiating. Virgil will then be given his Military Funeral Honors. He will be laid to rest next to his parents in Mt Calvary Cemetery. Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send a condolence to Virgil’s family.
A very big thank you to the Veterans Hospital for all the loving care given to Virgil in Iron Mountain.


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Visitation

Tuesday

2

May

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family

1307 Lourdes Ave
De Pere, WI 54115

Service

Tuesday

2

May

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Family

1307 Lourdes Ave
De Pere, WI 54115

Cemetery Details

Location

Mt Calvary Cemetery

Main St
De Pere, WI 54115

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