Arthur J. Van Laeke

08/04/1926 - 03/07/2023


Obituary For Arthur J. Van Laeke

Arthur J. Van Laeke, 96, of Rockford, Illinois, died on March 7th, 2023, due to a brief illness. Arthur was born August 4, 1926, to Arthur and Adele (Demought) Van Laeke. Arthur served his Country proudly in the Philippines during World War II. He married Barbara Jane Dolan in 1949. He worked at Twin Disc Hydraulic Division for over 30 years in Rockford. His passions include gardening tomatoes, building wren houses, lawn care, hunting pheasant, and golfing, which he attributes to his longevity. Art was a devoted husband and father to three daughters.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, in 2016. Survivors include his daughters: Georgia Van Laeke, Rhonda Van Laeke, and Kim Van Laeke. Grandchildren: Doug Dannenberg (Traci), Brad Dannenberg(Tracy), Sierra Van Laeke and Damien Van Laeke. Great-Grandchildren: Bryce, Ty, Kobey, River, Evelynn, and Ivy Dannenberg; his Niece Becky Nitz; and special friends: Dawn, Kathy, and Jesus (Amigo).

Family and friends are welcome to attend a celebration of life, which will be held on Sunday, 03/12/2023, at Tony Gasparini Funerals, 6825 Weaver Rd, Rockford, IL 61114, from 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. A private military funeral honors ceremony will be held at Calvary Cemetery on 03/13/2023.


12 Mar

Celebration of Life

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Tony Gasparini Funerals 6825 Weaver Rd. Rockford, IL 61114 Get Directions »
13 Mar

Military Funeral Honors

Calvary Catholic Cemetery 8616 W State Road Winnebago, IL 61088 Get Directions »
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  • 04/18/2023

    You were a great man Mr. Art , I'll miss ya. Thank you for being there for Sierra and Damien.

  • 03/10/2023

    Art and Barb gave me so many good memories. My Mom and Barb went to high school together. Georgia, Rhonda and I have remained friends for 70+ yrs. Know he's driving the olds mobubble in heaven.

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