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Paul M. Van Lanen

June 15, 1967 — February 16, 2024

Sheboygan

Paul Michael Van Lanen, 56, of Sheboygan, formerly of Kaukauna, unexpectedly passed away on February 16th 2024, while on vacation in Punta Cana.

Paul was born on June 15th, 1967 in Algoma, Wisconsin, and was adopted by the late Eugene and Mary Jean Van Lanen, where he was then raised with his siblings in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. 

Paul went on to graduate high school at Xavier High School. He then went on to attend college at UW Oshkosh, where he carried out a degree in teaching. He spent most of his days teaching health and physical education at Sheboygan North High School. He also coached Legion and High School baseball for a number of years, while perfecting his game of pool and golf in his downtime.

Paul retired in June of 2023 after 31 years of teaching. While retired, Paul had time to pursue trying to work on his back swing, hit that hole in one, and continue to school most in pool. He had more time than ever to cast a line, and listen to the Brewer, Packer, or Badgers game while getting the grill fired up.

In 2005, Paul met his true love Sue, and they later married in 2018. Paul was a loving father to Erika, Kaylee, and Nate, and was even more of a loving Papa. He was a great cook and loved to feed his family, especially big pots of gumbo or a juicy steak. He also enjoyed Friday night date nights, and relaxing by a bon fire, but would prefer to be out on a lake.

Paul was predeceased by parents Eugene and Mary Jean, his brother Dan and his faithful companion, Brody. He is survived by his wife Sue; children, Erika Theobald (Alex Malwitz), Kaylee Crawford (Matt Crawford) and Nathanial Trickett (Alex Vreeke); grandchildren, Kashton, Kayden, Ella, Henry, Adaline, Levi, Kaylee, Rylee and baby Ramona on the way; sisters, Donna Diedrich (Randy) and Mary Van Dyke (Greg), his furry friend Bacon and numerous nephews, nieces, extended family and friends. 

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

A Memorial Service will be held at Ballhorn Chapels, 1201 N 8th St. in Sheboygan, on Thursday, February 29th at 5pm with a time of visitation starting at 1pm. We will be gathering at Town and Country Golf Course after the memorial service to have a toast in his name if you would to join us.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund will be established in his name. 

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Visitation

Thursday, February 29, 2024

1:00 - 5:00 pm (Central time)

Ballhorn Chapels Funeral & Cremation Care Center

1201 N. 8th St., Sheboygan, WI 53081

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Memorial Service

Thursday, February 29, 2024

5:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Ballhorn Chapels Funeral & Cremation Care Center

1201 N. 8th St., Sheboygan, WI 53081

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