BY JOE LYONS
On December 31, 2014, one of the great benefactors of St. Norbert College passed away. By the time of his death, Raymond Van Den Heuvel left a mark on St. Norbert College that students see every day. The Campus Center, which bears his name, will serve as a lasting tribute to his work in improving the SNC campus and the greater De Pere Community. Since it opened in 2000, the Campus Center has greatly improved with many of the students making use of its services daily.
Ray was a lifelong resident of the De Pere area. He was born in 1927 and spent his much of his childhood working on a farm in West De Pere. After graduating as president of his class at Nicolet High School (today West De Pere High School) he left to join the army. After returning, he began a career in electrical business, when he purchased a local electric company. Around this time, on August 15, 1953, he married his wife of 61 years, Patricia. They would go on to have eight children and dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren, some of which have attended SNC.
Apart from his donations to the school, Mr. Van Den Heuvel was a key member of the local community, serving on the town of Lawrence board and being instrumental in the town’s development. He also served many other roles, including a Cubmaster of the Boy Scouts of De Pere and was named the 1969 De Pere Man of the Year by the De Pere Chamber of Commerce. Apart from the Campus Center, Mr. and Mrs. Van Den Heuvel also were instrumental in building a power plant on the Bellin Hospital Campus, contributing to the electrical programs at NWTC and many other philanthropic endeavors within the community. He passed away on December 31st surrounded by his extensive family and wife, at the age of 87.
He was laid to rest at Mt. Calvary Cemetary, on January 5th, 2015. Truly, as long as our Campus Center stands, his presence on this campus will be felt, as well as in the memories of his family and the community he served throughout his life. The SNC Times would like to remember Mr. Van Den Heuvel for his generosity and looks forward to continuing interaction with his family, especially with his wife Pat who has read every copy of the St. Norbert Times newspaper that has come out.