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John E. Vander Sanden, 78, Waupun, passed away peacefully Jan. 1, 2018, with family by his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

John was born Jan. 27, 1939, at the Fond du Lac Hospital, the son of Dick and Harriet Kemink Vander Sanden. John attended a one-room schoolhouse for grade school and graduated from Brandon High School in 1957. On Sept. 4, 1965, he married the love of his life, Marilyn Vossekuil, in Waupun. Together they had two children, Tammy of Beaver Dam and Rick of Middleton. John retired from Gleason Reel in 2004. He served in the U.S. Army and spent three years in Germany. Most importantly, John loved the Packers. He attended as many home games as he could thanks to the Madison Packer Backers and had his truck decked out in Green and Gold.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marilyn; a daughter, Tammy (Barry) Kasuboski of Beaver Dam; a son, Rick (Kathy) Vander Sanden of Middleton; grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Bryce, Haylee, Lauren, Abbey, Madilyn and Chloe; and his beloved dog, Jessie.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Harriet Vander Sanden; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Clara Vossekuil; and several brothers and sisters-in-law.

A celebration of John’s life will take place Saturday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. at Waupun United Methodist Church with the Rev. Debra Hastings officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun with American Legion Post 210 providing military rites. Friends and relatives may call on the family Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

The family thanks the wonderful staff at Agnesian Cancer Center, Waupun Memorial Hospital, and Hillside Home Care and Hospice for all their loving care and support during this past year. Memorials may be directed to either Hillside Home Care and Hospice or the United Methodist Church in Waupun.

Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home of Waupun is serving the family. Visit for more information and to send condolences.