Marvin Van Buren

Date of Death: Oct 29, 2016
Marvin Van Buren

1923 - 2016

Marvin Van Buren, 93, of Waupun, died Saturday, October 29, 2016 at The Christian Home & Rehabilitation Center in Waupun.

Marvin was born August 14, 1923 in the town of Alto the son of Evert and Hanna Looman Van Buren. On September 27, 1950 he married Ethel Westra in Friesland. The family resided on the Van Buren family homestead until 2008. Marvin and Ethel farmed and later rented the land out as he became employed at National Rivet and Manufacturing in Waupun for 25 years from which he retired in 1989. Marvin was a member of Alto Christian Reformed church where he served as elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and custodian. Marvin lived a life of faith devoted to his saviour Jesus Christ.

Marvin is survived by two daughters and four sons: Ardell Van Buren of Fond du Lac, Elton Van Buren of Waupun, Berwyn (Audrey) Van Buren of Brandon, Bonnie (Milan) Vande Zande of Waupun, Merlin (Ann) Van Buren of Rhinelander, and Rev. David (Sarah) Van Buren of Mt. Pleasant; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, in 2005; two sons: Marlin and Dean Van Buren; two brothers: Arthur E. Van Buren and Harry Van Buren; four sisters: Jennie Lont, Marie Hansen, Rachel Navis, and infant sister, Jennie.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Tuesday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral Service for Marvin will be held Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Alto Christian Reformed Church in Alto with Rev. Forsell Gappa officiating.


Burial will follow at Alto cemetery.

Special Thanks

The family wishes to thank The Christian Home for the loving care given to both Ethel and Marvin over the past years.

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  1. Pat Terbeest Says: October 30, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    Sincere sympathy to you, Elton, and your family. So happy to hear that you had a sweet visit with your father before he passed. May God give you comfort and peace that only He can give. God bless you.

  2. Mark/Marilyn Zeatlow Says: October 31, 2016 at 9:42 am

    Your whole family has our deepest sympathy with the loss of your Father. You are all in our prayers.

  3. Berwyn and Audrey, and families. Our deepest sympathy in the passing of your father. May your many memories help you through this difficult time.
    Bob and Tammy Sterken, Delavan, WI

  4. Betty (Van Buren) Fehl Says: November 1, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    To the loved ones of Marvin Van Buren I give you my deepest sympathy. My brothers name was also Marvin Van Buren from Beaver Dam and he also passed away. My fathers name was Gerrit Van Buren from both Randolph and Beaver Dam. He had a sister named Jennie who died in infancy and is in the Alto Cemetery. His father, my grandfathers name was Evert Van Buren who was from the Netherlands and Waupun, and is buried in the Alto Cemetery. I could not help but notice all the similarities and I’m sure in some way we are related. My name is Betty (Van Buren) Fehl and I live in Black River Falls, WI. Again I’m sorry for your loss. It doesn’t matter the age of your loved one, and even though we know they are in a better place than we are, the hurt is still there. I’m sorry for your hurt. Feel free to contact me if you want, I’d love to find out I have unknown relatives.

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