(5/11/13) Gordon L. Van Dunk, 81, of Holmen, passed away on Friday, May 9, 2013, at his home.
He was born Aug. 24, 1931, to Arthur and Flora (Rosendal) Van Dunk on their farm near New Amsterdam, Wis. and baptized at the New Amsterdam Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of Holmen High School and the University of Wisconsin Agriculture program. Gordon served in the United States Army and married Pauline (Bratberg) on July 11, 1953 at Halfway Creek Lutheran Church. Upon discharge he became a dedicated, successful farmer and conservator of the land. In 1963 he formed a farming partnership with his brother-in-law, Wayne Bratberg, creating Gor-Way Farms.
Gordon served 34 years in various capacities for the Town of Holland — Town Supervisor, Town Chairman, and Building Inspector, retiring as the building inspector in December 2012. He also served as building inspector for the townships of Farmington, Gale, and the Village of Holmen. For a number of years he was on the Midland Cooperative Board of Directors and on the La Crosse County Board of Zoning. His faith life was very important to him and he was actively involved in the Holmen Lutheran Church, serving on the council, teaching Sunday school, and singing in the choir.
Gordon was deeply grateful having lived his life without regrets on a beautiful farm in Long Coulee, with his loving wife and children. His steady persistence and calm, strong-of-heart self was an inspiration to his family and friends. He was a talented woodworker, making dozens of pieces of furniture and cabinets enjoyed by family and friends. He liked fishing, animals, hard work and his family.
He is survived by his wife, Pauline; five children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandson: Rod (Julie) Van Dunk of Holmen and their children Afton and Nolan; Greg (Ann Lorman) Van Dunk of Milwaukee and their children Katlyn (Tony) Caraballo, Kenton, and Reid (Perla) and their son, Jonah; Heidi (Tim Faust) Van Dunk of Bayfield and their sons Austin and Ryan; Amy (Lon Erlandson) Van Dunk of Minneapolis; and Emily (Erik Lee) Van Dunk of Milwaukee and their children Damonte, Rico, and Maurice. Gordon is further survived by two sisters Evelyn Van Loon of Maple Grove, Minn. and Ann (Tom) Pfaff of Melrose. Gordon’s family would to offer a sincere thank you to Gundersen Health System Hospice, especially to Sandy.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Holmen Lutheran Church. Friends and family are invited to a visitation from 4 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, at the church, and again from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Monday at the church. A private family committal will take place at a later time at Greenmound Cemetery in Holmen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family. To share online condolences and for more information please visit www.dickinsonfuneralhome.com.