John A. Van Ooyen, 50

John Anthony Van Ooyen, 50, of Little Chute, passed away on Sept. 17, 2013, with family by his side at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. John was born Jan. 11, 1963, in Appleton, at St. Elizabeth to Donald and Mary (Meulemans) Van Ooyen. He grew up in Darboy and graduated from Kimberly High School, class of 1981.

John was a son, a brother, a father and a friend. His siblings playfully nicknamed him “Cubby” and to many he was known as “Chopper John.” He resided in the West Bend/Kewaskum area for 20 years where he ran a local, wild game butcher shop. He enjoyed summers fishing and camping, where great family memories were made.

John is survived by his father Donald Van Ooyen; former wife Linda Van Ooyen; four children, Ashley (Rebecca) Van Jetzer, Hannah Van Ooyen, John Van Ooyen and Mikayla Van Ooyen; one grandson, Ashton Van Jetzer; five siblings, Pat (Jeff) Austin, Laurie Austin, Mark Van Ooyen, Amy (Dennis) Vandenberg, and Lisa (Rob) Berghuis; and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

John was preceded in death by his mother Mary (Meulemans) Van Ooyen.

Farewell service for family and friends will be held at St. Michael’s church in Kewaskum on Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Michael’s Church at 8883 Forest View Road, Kewaskum, WI 53040.

Private family memorial will be held for John at Clear Lake in Woodruff, Oct. 19, 2013.