Richard “Dick” VanLangendon, 73, Allouez resident, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family, on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, after a strong and courageous battle with cancer. Dick was born on December 21, 1948, in Green Bay to the late Woodrow and Marie (Selissen) VanLangendon. He attended St. Mary of the Angels Grade School and graduated in 1967 from Green Bay East High School. Dick served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War from June 1968 until his honorable discharge in August 1972. Dick married the former Mary Provencher on April 26, 1975, at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church.
He worked as a heavy equipment mechanic for 12 years at Aring Equipment. Dick then worked for the Brown County Highway Department as a heavy equipment mechanic before moving to traffic operations, where he retired after 25 years in 2011. Dick was actively involved at St. Matthew Parish, where he was a longtime member of the Men’s Club and a co-chair of the annual church picnic. He enjoyed turkey hunting in the spring and always looked forward to deer hunting in the fall with family and friends. Dick loved organizing Packer tailgate parties, where he was often the first vehicle to enter the lot and welcomed all under his signature homemade flag.
He was well known for his handyman skills and his ability to fix anything. He prided himself on his woodworking talent and could take any idea and make it a reality, building everything from step stools to doll beds, to wooden motorcycles and Lego tables for his grandkids. He never hesitated to drop anything to help someone in need, whether family, friend, or stranger. Nothing made him happier than spending time with his six grandkids, taking them to parks, hosting sleepovers, attending their sporting events and dance recitals, and sharing his knowledge of hunting.
Dick is survived by his loving wife, Mary, proud sons, Jeff (Nicole) and Greg (Ashley), adoring grandchildren: Ella, Grace, Owen, Nora, Cadence and William, siblings: Gene (Terry) VanLangendon; Eileen (Bruce) Nissen; Barb (Jim) Sterr; Mary Ann Miller and Jill (Tom) Rose; in-laws: Betty Morin, Pat (Larry) Cowling, Bruce Freeman and Joe Provencher.
He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Edward and Norma Provencher; sisters-in-law, Rosanne Freeman and Lorraine Provencher; brother-in-law, Jim Morin; nephew, Dennis Morin and niece, Nancy Morin.
Dick will always be remembered for being a devoted husband, caring father, doting grandpa “grampie”, proud US Navy veteran, avid hunter, devout catholic and loyal friend. He truly cherished his time with his family and friends, and his quick wit and contagious laugh will never be forgotten.
Friends may call at St. Matthew Catholic Church 130 St. Matthew St., on Tuesday, June 21, from 9:00 am until time of Mass. Memorial Mass 11:00 am Tuesday at the church with Rev. Robert Kabat officiating. Full military honors to follow Mass. Burial in the Allouez Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of floral expressions a memorial fund has been established in his name for the St. Matthew Men’s Club, 130 St. Matthew Street, Green Bay, WI 54301.
The family would like to thank Father Bob Kabat, Ann Froelich and their St. Matthew Parish family, Dr. N. Patel and the Aurora Baycare Oncology and Palliative care teams and Unity Hospice for the support and care provided to Dick and his family. They would also like to thank the many friends and neighbors who provided so much help and support (you know who you are).