Russell “Buck” Van Zandt died peacefully with family after battling Parkinson’s for 20+ years. Russell passed at Peppi’s Hospice House in Tucson, AZ on Saturday, Dec. 15th 2018, at the age of 79.
Buck is survived by his beloved wife Mary in Clinton, WI. His Sons Ron (and Jen) Minneapolis, MN and Marc (and Shelia) in Clinton, WI. Grandson Ian Van Zandt Clinton, WI. Sister Sheron Mina, Janesville WI. He was preceded in death by his two Brothers Roger and Bob Janesville, WI.
Buck was born in Beloit on 6/26/39 to Parents Henry Van Zandt and Helen Calendar. He grew up in Shopiere, WI and graduated from Clinton High School in 1957. Buck then served his country by serving in both the US Army and US Navy. He eventually retired from the Naval Reserves after 20+ years of dedicated service.
Upon returning from service he married the true love of his life Mary Doubleday in 1964. Buck and Mary then had twin boys that came as a bit of a surprise because they were aware of Marc but, got Ron as a bonus. Both of his sons remember him as a kind, gentle, driven and somewhat patient father who always encouraged them to pursue their dreams.
After being married Buck started a career working for Beloit Corporation. He continued his education while working at Beloit Corporation, He became a respected, distinguished and brutally honest Manufacturing Engineer with his 34 year career.
Buck was accomplished at machining, drafting and computer programming. These skills where illustrated by his home that he built by hand. He also drafted the plans and was an integral part of the building of the Mission Church and School in Naco Mexico.
Buck was always an active and dedicated member of the church serving in multiple positions, multiple mission trips and always donating time and money without ever asking for recognition. He was truly a silent partner with God.
Buck was loved by family and friends. He often displayed his generosity and love through his actions and volunteering for Cub Scouts, Little League Baseball, and endless church functions just to name a few…
A Celebration of Life is scheduled for Sat June 29, 2019 at 1-4pm at the Sweet Allyn Park in Shopiere WI. Buck grew up here and Sweet Allyn Park was always dear to him. There will be a short ceremony at the beginning of the celebration. We invite friends and family to share stories at the beginning of the celebration at 1pm. The celebration is an open house and all are welcome to attend and celebrate Buck’s life at any time during the afternoon.