Obituary and Service Information for Alfred J. Van Gorp
|Van Gorp, Alfred J.|
Date: Private Services
donations may be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 475, Fenton, MO 63026
ALFRED JOSEPH VAN GORP, 76, of St. Louis, returned to Heaven and the waiting arms of his wife, Laura Ann Ressler Van Gorp. Fred was born August 31, 1936, to a single mother, Carolyn Van Gorp Schofield during the Great Depression and Dust Bowl, in Poplar Bluff, MO. He grew up a 1950's "greaser", hustling pool, working as a soda jerk at the corner drug store. He became a salesman, later to make "real money" he became an insurance man. That lasted 52 years as he became one of region's best insurance executives. Fred leaves behind 2 children and their families: Steven Robert Van Gorp, architect and urban planner, Las Vegas, NV, and his Domestic Partner, Jeremy Catabijan, and Donna Marie Van Gorp Wampler, CEO of We Rent It, Inc, St. Louis, MO, her husband Patrick Wampler, their two sons, Zachary Wampler, and Keith Wampler, Ph.D., Downers Grove, IL, and his wife Natalie Schmitt-Wampler and their new daughter Heidi . Fred's mother, step-father and brother, Harold Van Gorp, a WWII vet, preceded him in death. Fred's brother's-in-law David Ressler, who works at Wicks Pipe Organ, St. Louis, MO, and Melvin James Ressler, retired from Anheuser-Busch, Inc., his wife Judy, of CT, and their 3 children survive him. Fred spent his last 8 years in his DeSoto, MO lake cabin where he tried to retire and forget loosing Laura. The last 4 years he enjoyed the friendship and love of Patricia Davis, her children and grandchildren. Pat nursed him and held him through Home Hospice to the very end. Fred wanted to be cremated with no memorial service. He will later be interred next to Laura at Lakewood Park Cemetery, 7330 Mackenzie, Afton, MO.