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John Van Boxtel

October 16, 1924 — December 22, 2017

John G. Van Boxtel, Sr., 93, of Oneida, passed away peacefully Friday morning, December 22, 2017, at Forest Glen Assisted Living in Seymour. He was born October 16, 1924, son of the late Theodore and Dora (Willems) Van Boxtel. John got his Christmas wish, to reunite with his best friend and companion for over 70 years, his wife Dorothy, who he has missed dearly since her passing.

John was one of the sons of immigrants from Holland, he started school without knowing any of the English language. When he was in 5th grade his mother passed away, and he needed to stay on the farm to work and could no longer further his education. His determination and drive never let his lack of education hold him back.

He met the love of his life, Dorothy Verheyden, in Isaar, and was united in marriage on June 9, 1945, having celebrated 70 years together. Dorothy preceded him in death on September 10, 2015. After marrying Dorothy John never slowed down.

With his wife at his side and seven hard working children, he became one of the Seymour/Oneida area’s successful and advanced farmers. He expanded his operation to over 600 acres with one of the first milking parlors, and over 200 head of dairy cows. He was head of the NFO (National Farmer’s Organization) for most of the 60’s and 70’s. He also ventured into running a sawmill and lumber company. He continued his love and knowledge of the farming industry, and started Schaumann Structures, which focused on farm and agricultural buildings.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling while at their cottage in Eagle River. Another favorite gathering place has been at the pavilion by the family pond.

During all this hard work, and long hours, he kept time for his family, friends, and his faith, being an active member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Oneida. He made sure to donate help and equipment to support any fundraisers in need. Later in life, John and Dorothy would spend time in the winters in Arizona, and enjoyed it the most when family would visit.

John loved his family the most and was very involved in their lives. He loved building things and teaching his kids and grandchildren the values of hard work and positive ideas.

He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and has touched the hearts of many people over the past 93 years. Dad told good stories and had a great sense of humor, and took the time to get to know people. He will be missed by us all.

John is survived by his children: Gary (Barb) Van Boxtel, Sliver Cliff; John Jr. “Butch” (Barb) Van Boxtel, Seymour; David (Chris) Van Boxtel, Oneida; Deb (Curt) Marsh, Hobart; Theresa (Michael) Havlik, Suamico; Doreen (Tim Hodkiewicz) Phillips, Green Bay; 18 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; sisters-in-law: Norma Gerrits, Lorraine (Elmer) Vander Velden, and Anita Ver Heyden.

He is preceded in death by a daughter and son-in-law, Jane (Bruce) Nagel; grandson, Joel Marsh; brothers: Martin Van Boxtel and William Van Boxtel; sister, Theadora Weckworth; three brothers-in-law: Donald, Earl and Harvey; three sisters-in-law: Martha, Stella and Eleanor.

Friends may call at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour on Thursday, December 28, 2017 from 4-8 pm with a prayer service at 7:30 pm. Visitation will continue on Friday, December 29, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Oneida from 9:30 am until the funeral mass at 11 am with Fr. John Chrysostom Katamba and Deacon Bobby Doxtator officiating. Entombment will take place in Allouez Mausoleum. Online condolences may be expressed at

A special thank you to the staff of Forest Glen Assisted Living Home for all your care and concern.

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