Lester Van Buren

Date of Death: Feb 16, 2017
Lester Van Buren

1927 - 2017

Lester J. Van Buren, 90, of Waupun, passed away peacefully on February 16, 2017 at The Christian Homestead in Waupun with family by his side.

Lester was born February 11, 1927 in rural Waupun to William and Minnie Harmsen Van Buren. On November 8, 1946 he married Jeanette Tjepkema in Waupun. The couple lived in Waupun all their married lives. Lester worked as a carpenter with the Visser brothers and then started Van Buren Builders in 1968. He was an active member of First Reformed Church of Waupun. Lester loved to fish and spend time with his family. Jeanette passed in 1998. On November 9, 2002 he married Minnie Loomans in Waupun. Lester and Minnie loved to travel and do retirement things!

Lester is survived by his wife, Minnie, of Waupun; four sons: James (Cherie) Van Buren of Florida, Larry (Christine) Van Buren of Waupun, Mark (Dawn) Van Buren of Waupun, and Kevin (Linda) Van Buren of Waupun; one daughter, Betty Zellner of Waupun; 15 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a step-son, Steve (Gwen) Loomans and his family.

He was preceded in death by three siblings: Ray “Red” Van Buren, Margaret Knoll, and Josephine Westhuis.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Lester Van Buren will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at First Reformed Church in Waupun with Rev. Barry Lang officiating.


Burial will follow at Forest Mound Cemetery in Waupun.

Special Thanks

The family would like to thank the staff at The Christian Homestead for their compassionate care for Lester.

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  1. Dean and Priscilla Buteyn Says: February 25, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Dear Betty and family,
    Our deepest condolences and prayers for you and your family. I know you spoke often off your father and no matter what age our parents reach, it is always difficult to say goodbye. May you be comforted in knowing he is with his Heavenly Father. In His love,

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