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William Van Buren

Obituary of William Buren

William Glenn Van Buren, 54, of Downers Grove, IL, died suddenly on his ranch in Kremmling, Colorado on August 3.

Bill was a stock trader by trade, but was passionate about the ranch and all things outdoors. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and skier who lived his life to the fullest each day and was always planning the next adventure. His great conversation and wild stories will be sorely missed.

He was preceded by his mother Gloria Van Buren and his brother Robert Van Buren. Loving husband to his wife Megan Anderson Van Buren of Downers Grove, IL. Devoted father to his daughters Tyler, Regan, and Dakota of Downers Grove, IL. Also survived by father Bill Van Buren and step-mother Carol Van Buren of Holland, MI, sister Alisa Van Buren Calamari, brother in-law Thomas Calamari, niece Paige Calamari of Little Egg Harbor, NJ, nephew Zachary Calamari of Manhattan, NY, uncle Roy Moretz and aunt Gloria Moretz of Cape Coral, FL, cousins Lori Moretz of Brooklyn, NY, Gail Stroh of White Plains, NY, father-in-law Thomas Anderson, mother-in-law Beverly Anderson, and sister-in-law Brittany Anderson of Chagrin Falls, OH, brother-in-law Derek Anderson of Rockingham, NC, brother-in-law Tyler Anderson of Monroeville, PA, as well as too many friends to count.

A celebration of his life is currently being planned and details will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers, an Education Fund for Dakota Van Buren will be set up at 6558 Davane Lane, Downers Grove, Ill., 60516.

Service Details

Saturday, August 17th, 2013 1:00pm, First United Methodist Church,

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I just found out about Bill and I am in shock. Bill was an amazing spirit and was filled with life. Bill and I were friends in sea girt, nj back in the 80's. He was always fishing, riding a motorcycle, loved the beach and had so many great friends! He had such amazing stories about diving with sharks, shooting grouper, turkey hunting, grizzly bears; he was a real life "Rambo". He missed his Mom and brother deeply and I know he is with them and still with us all in spirit! My love and prayers go out to all who knew him. I love you Bill! Xoxo

Debbie Barry May 4 2014 12:00 AM

What a tragic loss for your whole family. Billy touched so many lives. He was full of endless energy and spirit. He helped everyone around him to remember not to take things too seriously, and live life to the fullest. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. With sympathy, Sally Schaefer

Sarah Schaefer Aug 30 2013 12:00 AM

It was a gift to know you

Virginia Harvey Aug 18 2013 12:00 AM

Megan, I was sorry to hear of Bill's passing. There is little anyone can say or do that will make the sense of loss & grief go away. I know éa" I've been there. My Mother died when I was six. Then, your Aunt Donna & I lived with our Grandma & Grandpa Anderson for the next three years. During those years they raised me as if I was their fourth son. I was special to them; they were special to me. On my tenth birthday I received a card simply signed, éaA"Mom & Dad.éai½ Ten days later Grandpa succumbed to a heart attack. His death was more devastating to me than my Mother's. In the many intervening years I continue to learn a great lesson éa" never underestimate God's mercy, kindness & unconditional love. Had it not been for the first tragedy I would have never been blessed with two Mothers. The first who gave me birth; the second (Your Grandmother) who raised, nurtured & loves me to this day. Without this tragic event, I would have never had a brother, your Father; I would be without three very special sisters. Trust my words, time will heal your grief. Just as a compassionate God gave me a great life, even after tragedy; He will bless you & Dakota in ways you cannot fathom or imagine. Your Uncle Buddie

Uncle Buddie Aug 18 2013 12:00 AM

bill what a great friend the good times the stories the jokes the memories rest in peace

paul muise Aug 16 2013 12:00 AM

To Bill's family, The Bledsoes from Revere Drive are all so sorry to hear this tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this incredibly painful time. Bill was always so nice to me and all of Alisa's friends who, in our early teen years, couldn't help but be smitten with him, not just because of his incredibly good looks but also because of his generous heart and sense of humor. God bless all of you in your time of loss.

Katie Bledsoe George Aug 13 2013 12:00 AM

Billy - thank you for helping me put things into perspective- everyone that has known you is a better person and i cant help but smile when i think of you talked about Megan, Jim or the ranch in Colorado

Wesley T Walker Aug 13 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Megan, I am so sorry for your loss. I counted Bill as one of my best friends. We will all miss his humor and love for life. I will miss him on all future hunts, but will always remember the great times we had. Please let us know if we can help you in anyway. Dave, Deanna and Joey Mariani

Dave Mariani Aug 13 2013 12:00 AM

Still stunned a week later. So sorry for your loss. I was never able to join Bill on one of his hunting trips but enjoyed the many stories. Megan, I will keep you and the entire Van Buren family in my thoughts and prayers.

Paul Wurm Aug 12 2013 12:00 AM