William Nickolas “Bill” Vander Loop
William N. “Bill” Vander Loop, age 89, passed away peacefully at his home on December 28, 2021. He lived a fulfilling life as a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Bill graduated from St. John’s grade school and high school in Little Chute. He excelled in sports and passed that love to his kids and grandkids where he was their number one fan.
In 1957, he was united in marriage to Joyce Killian until her death in 1999. Bill lived a complete and extremely active life. He worked for 38 years as a wood yard supervisor for the former Thilmany Pulp and Paper Company in Kaukauna. He was a member of the Kaukauna Credit Union board for 30 years, the Kaukauna Utility Board for 18 years, the Moose Club, and the Lions Club International. He was a Korean War Veteran, served as a member of the VFW Post 3319 of Kaukauna, and 66 proud years with the American Legion Post 258 in Little Chute. He was Commissioner, State Vice Commissioner, District Commander and Post Commander during his years with the American Legion. He looked forward to all of the meetings and playing cards after with the guys.
Bill met many people and made numerous friends while he ran and served his community for eight years as an alderman for the City of Kaukauna and another eight years with the Wisconsin State Assembly. Bill was always working to improve the quality of life for the voters of the 5th District while serving on a variety of committees.
Bill is survived by his children: Leanne (Kevin) Fiestadt, Lisa Harvey, Lezlie (David) Meehl, David (Eileen) Vander Loop and Jana (Kim Thompson) Vander Loop; grandchildren: Brett (Jess) Fiestadt, Katie (Kyle) Vander Loop, Taylor Fiestadt, Connor Fiestadt, Paige Fiestadt, Dana (Chad) Lorrigan, Jen (fiancé, Jason Verbeten) Harvey, Leah Harvey, Craig (Samantha) Harvey, Lauren (Brian) Van Stiphout, Nicole (Ian) Pockat, Emma Meehl, Stephanie Hunke and Phillip Hunke; great grandchildren: Chase, Gabe, Boone, Tyson, Beau, Tucker, Peyton, Paisley, Rowan, Colin and two on the way; loving partner, Dot Schmidt; brother, Ray (Sandy) Vander Loop, in-laws: Barb Vander Loop and Paul (Jeanne) Killian; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce; granddaughter, Jacqueline Meehl; parents, Peter and Emma Vander Loop; siblings: Bob (Jean) Vander Loop, Gene Vander Loop and Bernice (Jerry) Ashauer; son-in-law, Ray Harvey; and father and mother-in-law, Henry and Susan Killian.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at the Verkuilen-Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home KAUKAUNA LOCATION, 2401 Fieldcrest Drive, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday morning at St. Katharine Drexel Parish – St. Mary Church, 119 W. 7th Street, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11:00 a.m. Full Military Honors will be performed after the Mass. Interment will be in St. Mary Cemetery. For online condolences, please visit www.verkuilenfh.com.
Bill’s family would like to thank all of the people who provided care for him; the wonderful staff at
Country Villa in Little Chute, and the nurses and techs in the ER and fourth floor (particularly
Tiffany) at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.