Gregory P. Van, 56, Green Bay, died on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, while travelling in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. He was born on May 10, 1955 in Green Bay, the son of Gerald and Elizabeth (Einarson) Van. He was a 1973 graduate of Premontre High School. Greg was service operations manager at Page Auto, Green Bay, Enterprise Motorcars, Appleton, and most recently, Peterbilt, Neenah. Greg felt fortunate that he was able to work around the things that he enjoyed so much.
Greg loved to sail and took his sons out on the water for a week of bonding every summer. He loved his family deeply. He was everybody's hero and if you were a friend of Greg's, you were a friend for life. He will be remembered for his strength, kindness and compassion. He was a sweet, loving, gentle person and a beautiful man.
Survivors include his fiancé and sweetheart, Micki Bergeon Wallander, Green Bay, three sons: Paul, Green Bay, David, Madison, and Michael, Green Bay; two grandchildren: Amy and Trenton; stepson, Shawn; his parents: Jerry and Betty Van, Green Bay; one nephew, Adam Kocha and his girlfriend, Misty; Micki's children, Kelsi and Spencer; other relatives and friends, including Elli and Gus.
Greg was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Beth.
A gathering of family and friends will take place after 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Celebration Church, 3475 Humboldt Rd., Green Bay, where funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
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I did not meet Greg but he made my dear life-long friend Micki so happy. I know he was a diamond in the rough, a one-in-a-million. I wish Micki and everyone who loves him peace and wonderful memories.
We extend our sympathies to all Greg's family and friends. We have all lost a wonderful friend. Greg was such a "gentle giant" and could always be counted on-- He was a man of great integrity, honesty, and joy. We wil... more
I professonally knew Gregory from my incounters at the Neenah shop, but everytime he went out of his way to help and brighten the situations at hand! People like Greg is a rare commodity in this society and he'll be sad... more
Even though I know we will see him again in heaven, it's really hard to say goodbye to Gregg. He was a "Wonderful" man - a man of values, a man of character. He was someone who would give you the shirt off his back even ... more
Greg was a joy to work with here at Peterbilt. He will be missed by all. Such a wonderful person is already with our Lord.... remember the good times. They will help you to get by!