A memorial will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay.
Visitation will be at the ballroom from 4 p.m. Tuesday until the memorial.
All donations will go to the educational programs at Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Suamico.
Boston Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Van Laanen was born July 8, 1942, in Luxemburg, Wis., a son of the late Cyrus and Marie (Rueckl) Van Laanen. He grew up in Luxemburg.
He was married to Robyn Reitmeier Sept. 4, 1965.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He was a longtime resident of Suamico.
He was employed at Eland Electric Company for many years and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union Local 158.
He was recognized for his many efforts in conservation including former president of Green Bay Duck Hunters Association, Harbor Commission, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, hunter safety instructor and other conservation efforts. He was the founder, president and CEO of the Rainbow Creek Goose Hunting Club.
He retired in Stevens Point.
Survivors include his wife, Robyn; one son, Eric (Jenny), Wausaukee; one daughter, Kelly (Darrell Toliver) Van Laanen, Plover; four granddaughters, Brooke and Abby Van Laanen; and Remington and Allison Wisinski.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Jeff.