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Alex J Vandenhouten
Oct. 27, 2002 - Nov. 17, 2018
Potter, WI
Funeral Service:
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
11:00 am
Trinity Lutheran Church
N6080 W River Rd
Hilbert, WI 54129
Funeral Visitation:
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wieting Family Funeral Home
411 W. Main St.
Chilton, WI 53014
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Trinity Lutheran Church
N6080 W River Rd
Hilbert, WI 54129
Alex J Vandenhouten
Potter, WI

Alex Joseph Vandenhouten, age 16, of Potter, died on November 17, 2018 at his family hunting cabin in Marinette, Wisconsin.  He was born on October 27, 2002 son of Adam and Sheilah (Doyle) Vandenhouten.  

Alex was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rantoul where he had also attended school for many years.  He also attended Chilton Middle School, and Chilton High School.  With an outgoing personality, Alex was well regarded as a character who could strike up a conversation with just about anyone and a smile that ran from ear to ear brightening the lives and moments of everyone he came across. 

Alex was a witty, kind hearted, and caring teenager who was a joy to be around.  He loved to crack a good joke, laugh, kid around, bug his brother and sister every once and while, and appreciated moments spent with his family and friends.  Alex was funny and cared about everyone, no matter where they came from or their background.  

Alex had a great passion for the outdoors, and was always excited to be out on the hunting land and cabin, fishing, or cruising the trails with the ATV’s.  Alex, like most teenagers, liked to play video games, but his heart was always focused on the great nature that was around him.  

Although the outdoors and video games kept him occupied, Alex did dabble in games of Dungeons and Dragons and was a voracious reader who could easily get lost in a series of books.  

Alex’s big heart and charming personality will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all those who knew and loved him.  He will be especially missed by his parents, Adam and Sheilah; his sister, Ella Vandenhouten; his brother, Gus Vandenhouten; maternal grandparents, Bill (Sandy) Doyle and Sigrid Doyle and fiancé Bob Bosanic; paternal grandparents, Glenn and Candy Vandenhouten; uncles, Chris Doyle, Tony Vandenhouten and Jana; cousins: Sarah, Matthew, Jacob, Hope, and Justin; Godmother, Tracy.  Alex will be missed by many other relatives and friends.  

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM, on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rantoul (Hilbert), Wisconsin.  Friends may call at Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W Main St, Chilton) on Tuesday, November 20, 2018  from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM and Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at church from 9 AM - 11 AM.  
While Alex was at Passage, he and I always were making jokes back and forth to one another. He was such a smiley kid and I will always remember him. I am truly sorry for your loss. You are in my thought and prayers.

Jenna Christensen (Teacher at Northwest Passage ) - Nov. 21, 2018


I loved that kid he was the funniest dude. He would talk to me at my locker every day and we would joke around and talk about call of duty and stuff like that. I'm really gonna miss him and I'm praying for the family and anyone else who knew him. God Bless.

Carson Brown (Friend ) - Nov. 20, 2018


Alex was a sweet boy with a desire to do his best in my class. I enjoyed his smile and his jokes.

Mrs. Diane Munsch (Literacy Teacher) - Nov. 20, 2018


I went to school with Alex and had been in many classes with him and having him there made the class so much better! Alex was the sweetest and made me laugh and always knew how to put a smile on my face. I loved being around Alex and so did many others. Alex will So very missed.

A.M (Friend) - Nov. 19, 2018


Alex was loving, fun, and an amazing guy. Every time I came to visit he would greet me with a hug. I remember when we were kids we’d play Indiana Jones and it always ended with Alex saving me or Vero from the zombies. He was always so creative and knew how to have fun. I remember how he’d have the time of his life riding the a.t.v. Up and down the street and when he saw I was headed to his house he’d pull up next to me and say, “Hey babe need a ride?” He always made me laugh. Alex was the kind of Guy who loved to have a good time. He will be greatly missed. Rest In Peace Bud.❤️

Emily Duchow (Friend) - Nov. 19, 2018


Alex was such a special young gentleman. He and I grew up together as classmates at Rantoul. I remember the day Alex first came to Rantoul and I couldn't really understand much of his words. As the years went by with Alex I had the honor of watching him grow into this amazing, funny, kind hearted guy. He and I, and the rest of our classmates, had so many fun adventures together. Not to mention that Alex always said he'd marry me someday (and I had to remind him, "No Alex, you can't marry me!"). Throughout the years Alex became family to me, along with the rest of the kids at Trinity Rantoul. He made an impact on my life and the way I see people. He will forever have a special place in my heart! This isn't goodbye Alex, I will see you again. I love you buddy and may you rest in peace. ❤️👼🏼

Ellie Schmitting (Friend) - Nov. 19, 2018


Alex was a good friend of mine. Alex had really impacted me and the lives of everyone in mr.mladas room and he will forever be missed

Cierra Charboneau (Friend ) - Nov. 19, 2018


Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Let me know how I can help. Sending a big hug!

April Kvitek (Friend of Sheila ) - Nov. 19, 2018


Alex and I were friends back in kindergarten when he attended Hilbert. He was so fun to be around! He will be greatly missed.

Dylan Dohr (Old School Friend From Hilbert) - Nov. 19, 2018


Alex, Was an outstanding and amazing guy, you never left the room unhappy as he brought joy to others around him. Wish we didn't have to hear of this tragedy, he was to young. May he forever Rest In Peace and the Vandenhouten Family have my condolences.

Clark Hutcherson (School Friend) - Nov. 19, 2018


I met Alex when I was just a little tike when I was attending Trinity Lutheran Rantoul grade school. Being a somewhat small school... you learn to bond with the kids around you much closer than you would a bigger school. I have many fond memories with Alex that I will never forget. Like the time we went to the Creation Museum in Kentucky for our ''end of the year field trip'', Alex and I got lost in the crowd... from behind, Alex thought he found his father and gave him a great big bear hug.... but ended up hugging a stranger! Lots of laughs!
Alex will truely be missed by many, and I can't wait to see him, and laugh with him again when I get to meet my maker in the Church Triumphant!
It's not "goodbye", rather it's a "see you later"... and I find great comfort that this is most certainly true!

Devin Zahringer (Friend) - Nov. 19, 2018


Alex and I went to grade school together. We would always play at recess together. He would tell stories and jokes and always made us laugh. He was so funny and had a kind heart. He lit up the room and made everyone smile. Rest in peace, Alex.

Maggie Huebner (Friend) - Nov. 18, 2018


Alex and I sat in the same pod in my literacy class. I would walk in and hope to see Alex there everyday. He made me laugh so much, I didn’t even want to pay attention in class. He was a joy to be around. He will be greatly missed.

D.C. (classmate) - Nov. 18, 2018


We went to school together. He was so funny! He will be missed!❤️

A.M (Friend) - Nov. 18, 2018


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