Douglas L. Van Buren, age 69, of Lodi, passed away on Thursday, June 28, 2018 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

He was born on Nov. 26, 1948, in Beaver Dam, Wis., the son of Jacob and Dorothy (Thurk) Van Buren.
He married Rosemary (Spiegler) Van Buren on April 5, 1969 in Ripon, WI.

Douglas graduated from Rosendale High School, Northwestern University Traffic Institute and Cardinal Stritch University.
Douglas worked as a Wisconsin State Trooper starting in 1971 and retired as the Superintendent in 2003. 32 years of dedicated service to his home state.

He was a humble man who preferred a simple life on the lake. An avid crossword puzzle enthusiast, he loved a good mental challenge and was a lifelong learner. He enjoyed the outdoor life, which included fishing and boating. Most importantly he loved spending time with his family.

In addition to Rosemary, his wife of 49 years, he is survived by his three sons, Gene, Jerrod (Kimberley), Tony (Lauren); four granddaughters, Ashley, Emily, Hailey, Julia; his brother, Jeff (Valerie); sister, Kathleen Buchholz; brother-in-law, Ross (Sue Tolsma) Spiegler; aunt, Carol Thurk.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother-in-law, Dennis Buchholz.

A Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 7435 University Ave., Middleton, starting at 11 a.m., on Saturday, July 14, 2018. A Sharing of Memories will begin at 2 p.m. Immediately following the services till 8pm and we encourage everyone to attend.

Memorial contributions can be made to Garding Against Cancer at 1848 University Ave, Madison, WI 53726 or Donations made in Doug’s name will go to Pancreatic Cancer Research at UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson West
Funeral & Cremation Care
7435 University Ave