SPC Rob Allan Vande Zande, Jr., age 21, died Sunday, September 15, 2013 due to a heart attack while swimming. He was born on August 5, 1992 in Grand Rapids, MI, the son of Rob and Debra Vande Zande, Sr. of Fond du Lac and his biological mother, Robin (Bower) Vande Zande of Negaunee, MI. Rob graduated from Fond du Lac High School in 2011. He was currently on active duty in the United States Army, Headquarters Company, 4BCT, 1AD, at Fort Bliss, TX. Prior to that, Rob served a one year tour at the United States Army Garrison in Yongsan, South Korea. On May 16, 2013 Rob married Sarah Lou Sweet in El Paso, TX. Rob loved music. He was self taught on guitar, bass, and drums. Rob loved to DJ, he enjoyed computers, skateboarding, and deer hunting. He was a huge Green Bay Packers fan, Batman fan, and Converse shoe fan. He was also a proud member of American Legion Trier-Puddy Post #75.Survivors include, his wife Sarah Vande Zande; one daughter on the way, Ava Lou (due November 14); his parents, Rob and Debra Vande Zande of Fond du Lac; his biological mother, Robin Vande Zande of Negaunee, MI; three brothers, Ryan, Austin, and Nicholas; paternal grandparents, Sue and Bob Schmeichel of Neenah, and Rich and Carol Vande Zande of Beaver Dam; maternal grandparents, Dale and Dorothy Pierce; biological grandparent, Linda Bower of Munising, MI; paternal great-grandparents, Leona Vande Zande of Alto, Agnes Schmidt of Waupun; maternal great-grandparent, Margorie Pierce; biological great-grandparent, Kay Johnson of Munising, MI; mother and father in law, Randy and Heidy Ussery of Las Vegas, NV; four sisters in law, Kattie Walker, Danielle Katsel, Michelle Sweet, and Stephanie Sweet; aunts and uncles, Heidi (Doug) Soodsma, Mark (Kim) Vande Zande, April (Steve) Steffen, Dennis (Marci) Pierce, Donna (Mike) Van Buren, Denise (John) Wilson, Danny (Andrea) Pierce, Donald (Heather) Pierce, David Pierce, Dale (Amanda) Pierce, Kathy (Phillip) Parkkila, Albert (Ann) Beauchamp, Ryan (Sara) Schmeichel, Brent (Andrea) Schmeichel, Brooke Schmeichel, and twenty-nine cousins. Rob was preceded in death by grandparents, Roger and Hilda Vande Zande, Marvin Schmidt, Clarence Pierce, and Paul Peltier; one cousin, Andrew Maxon.
VISITATION: Monday, September 23, 2013 from 2-8 P.M. at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 N. Park Ave, Fond du Lac, WI, 54935. FUNERAL SERVICE: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at Grace Christian Church, 1596 4th St. Road, Fond du Lac, WI, 54937. Visitation will also take place on Tuesday morning at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. Pastor Paul Pfeffer and Rob's uncle Pastor Mark Vande Zande will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Ledgeview Memorial Park.