October 12, 1922 ~ February 7, 2020

Born in: De Pere, WI
Resided in: Lakewood, CO

Sylvester “Van” VandeVen, age 97, passed away at Lakewood Memory Care on February 7, 2020.

He was born on October 12th 1922 in De Pere, Wisconsin. Shortly after graduating from high school he entered the Army Air Corp and served as an airplane mechanic stationed on the Ascension Islands off the coast of Africa, during WWII. After the war in the Pacific ended, he returned to the United States and met his future wife Helen Barry. The two were married, lived in Vincennes, Indiana and raised four children, Darla, Steve, Jeanann, and Jackie. In 1957 they moved to Colorado where they lived in the Westminster area.  Van was an electrician by trade and worked many years for Johnson Control Company. He was very proud of being in the National Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union for over 70 years.

Van was an avid fisherman. He would go every weekend to both fish and camp. One of his fondest memories is of a very special two week long fishing trip he took to Canada with his son-in-law Dan and his grandson Jake.

Survivors include his daughters, Jeanann Debaca from Dallas, Texas, Jackie Garcia from Lakewood, Colorado and son Steve VandeVen from Lakewood, Colorado. His grandchildren Kathy, Kelly, David, Kari, Heather, Erin, Jeff, Troy, Lori, Melissa, Jennifer, Adam, Brittany, Kristi, Ryan, and Jake. He also has many great-grandchildren.

Van was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Helen Genevieve and his oldest daughter Darla.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 2:00pm at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel located at 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Lakewood, Colorado with a reception to immediately follow.

Interment will take place at Fort Logan National Cemetery located at 4400 W Kenyon Ave. Denver, Colorado at Noon on Friday, February 14, 2020.


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Memorial Service: February 12, 2020 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SW Denver/Lakewood
3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227

Room: Family Chapel

Reception: February 12, 2020 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - SW Denver/Lakewood
3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80227

Room: Reception Center

Graveside Service: February 14, 2020 12:00 pm

Fort Logan National Cemetery
3698 South Sheridan Boulevard
Denver, CO 80236

(303) 761-0117

Room: Pavilion A

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  1. May God rest his soul ,Van was like a father and Grandfather to me and my kids ! He was the best neighbor we lived next door for 25 years and he was always there for us . My condolences to the family !!
    Tim Ortega & Family

  2. Steve, Jeanie, Jackie and family,
    I can’t tell you how saddened I am with Van’s passing…but how wonderful it has been to have had him as part of my life. I met Van when I was 15…and immediately fell in love with him – not only as a fun-loving person with an adventure for life, but someone that had such a love of his family … and a love that was truly unconditional. I have always admired Van’s work ethic; his ability to strike up a conversation with anyone….his service to our country and support of fellow veterans. I’m so glad Van was very active in Kari’s, Dakota’s and the other grand and great-grand kid ‘s lives…they are all so fortunate to have had him around! As my (“x”) father-in-law and always a very special person in my life, he will be truly missed. Candy

  3. RIP Van…Thank you for always being so kind to me every time in life that I saw you. What a wonderful man you were. Rest peacefully.

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