A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at St. Philip Catholic Church in Rudolph, with the Rev. Rolando Onden officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery in Sherry.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids and at the church from 10 a.m. Wednesday until the Mass.
A memorial will be established at a later date in his name.
Condolences may be offered online at www.taylorfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Vruwink was born July 7, 1959, in Wisconsin Rapids, a son of James T. Vruwink and the Donna (Spranger) Vruwink. He was a 1977 graduate of Auburndale High School.
He attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and transferred to University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree. While attending college he worked as a sales representative at G&K Services and as a bartender at the “Brig.”
He owned and operated his own recreation business, which allowed him to spend time outdoors, especially at his house in Hurley. He also worked for a small vending company in Wisconsin Rapids.
He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2010 and traveled to the University of Southern California in October 2010 to have an extensive cancer surgery. He also traveled numerous times to Houston, Texas, for specialized cancer treatment.
He was divorced in 2012.
Survivors include his father, Milladore; his grandmother, Mabel Spranger; sisters, Judy (Dale) Murrow Sr., Austin, Texas, Jane (Tom) Hilgart, Auburndale, Amy Sue (Matt Crane) Vruwink, Milladore, and Cindy Will, Dallas, Texas; brothers, Doug, Milladore, and Jim (Tracy) and Tom (Tami Coombs), both of Wisconsin Rapids; five children; and six grandchildren.