David Thomas Vandenberg

David Thomas VandenbergLoving husband and exceptional dad David Thomas Vandenberg, 82, of Genesee Depot, passed away in Oconomowoc at 9:41pm on November 12, 2016, with his wife and sons by his side.

Mr. Vandenberg was born in Appleton. He was raised by his sisters Frances, Grace and Rosemary. David attended Saint Josephís Orphanage of Green Bay together with brothers Aloysious and Jack. In 1952, he graduated from Saint Johnís High School in Little Chute, where he played on the basketball team, was a tackle for the football team and a member of the Skulls, a gang of boys who still keep track of one another today. After returning from Germany via a stint in the Army, David received a track scholarship and in 1958 graduated with a masterís degree in education from the University of Wyoming. David taught English in Puerto Rico and in Chicagoís inner city, after which David spent 36 years with Houghton Mifflin publishing company selling textbooks to Wisconsinís schools. For 49 1/2 wonderful years, David was married to Carol Herzog. They traveled the world together and raised two sons.

David is survived by his wife, Carol; his brother Aloysious (Kathy) of Ashwaubenon; sister Rosemary (Clyde) Zielke of Oshkosh; his two sons, David L. (Allison Lenz) of Jackson, Wyo., and Jonathan of Plum Island, Mass., and grandchildren Sadie and Emma.

David was an avid cyclist, skier, conversationalist and voracious reader. He was a consummate husband and father and was emphatically interested in the lives of all those who crossed his path.

A commemoration of Davidís life will be celebrated at a later date with friends and family. As per his wishes and with the help of his wife, sons and granddaughters, Davidís ashes will be scattered across the globe.

Thelen Funeral Services of Genesee is honored to be serving the family. For further information or to sign the online guest registry, please go to