Leonard J. Van Beek

Leonard J. Van Beek, 87, of West Bend, passed away Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, West Bend.

He was born on March 11, 1924, in the town of Barton to the late Jacob and Mathilda (nee Dricken) Van Beek. Leonard attended Sacred Heart Grade School in Allenton. On Aug. 25, 1948, he was united in marriage to Virginia Mueller at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Church in Barton. After their marriage, Leonard farmed in Allenton for five years and then they moved to West Bend and he began working at the West Bend Company. After retiring from the West Bend Company in 1985, he went on to work at Tennies Hardware for 14 years. Leonard was also very proud that he earned his GED at the age of 50. Leonard was a member of the West Bend Company’s 25 Year Club and the West Bend Moose Lodge No. 1398.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia; a daughter, Jane (Tom) Haug of Nobelsville, Ind.; two grandchildren, Christopher (Debi) Haug of South Bend, Ind., and Carrie Haug of Clearwater, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Joshua and Samuel; a sister, Bernice Groh of Menomonee Falls; other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian burial in remembrance of Leonard will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, at 12 p.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church, 1025 S. 7th Ave., West Bend, and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery in the town of Barton. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.