Thomas F. Van Cleave, 84
Nov. 14, 1930 — Oct 11, 2015
Thomas F. Van Cleave, of Grafton, entered into God’s loving arms at home on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, at the age 84 years and 11 months, surrounded by his family.
Thomas was born in Newton, Iowa, on Nov. 14, 1930, to Milton F. and Edythe (nee Watkins) Van Cleave. Tom grew up in Iowa and also met the love of his life there. On Dec. 10, 1949, Thomas was united in marriage to Florence (nee Nichols) and they were together for 65 wonderful years. In 1958, Tom was transferred through his employer to Grafton. Tom retired from Kapco Metal Stamping and Fabrication.
Tom loved camping, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and traveling. He also loved playing cards, his church, church family and, most importantly, spending time with his family.
Tom is survived by his loving wife and best friend Florence; he is the proud and dedicated dad of Thomas L. (Lois), Larry Van Cleave, Cathy (Brian) Collins, Mark Van Cleave and son-in-law Tom Klug.
Thomas is further survived by 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters, Janet (Bill) Plumb, Carmy (Kenny) Tool and Vicki (Virgil) Kling; brothers-in-law, Dennis (Patty) Nichols and Melvin “Diz” Disbro; sisters- in-law, Gloria Corns, Marilyn (Hersch) Edwards, Saundra (Ron) Tharp, Joan (Chris) Cazier and Karen Van Cleave; and many nieces, nephews and great friends. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Debrah Sue Klug; parents-in-law, Floyd and Maurine Nichols; brother, Melvin; sisters, Carolyn, Dixie, Barbara and Kathleen; and sister-in-law, Mary Disbro.
A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1193 Lakefield Road, Grafton, on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 3 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials of your choice appreciated. A special thanks to Dr. Duffy and Dr. Nand for the exceptional care they gave Tom.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.muellerfuneralhome.com.