MADISON – Today, Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R- Kaukauna) joined the family of late state Representative William “Bill” Vander Loop in honoring his life and years of service to Wisconsin. Vander Loop, who formerly represented the 5th Assembly District currently held by Steineke, had a joint resolution recognizing his achievements passed in his memory.

“Bill was a public servant, a veteran, a husband, a father, a grandfather, and even a great-grandfather,” said Rep. Steineke. “He was able to serve his city, state, and country throughout his life – an impressive feat that speaks to the pride he felt for his community.”

Vander Loop was born on December 6th, 1932. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 during the Korean War. Vander Loop married the love of his life Joyce in 1957, and they would go on to have five children together. While raising his family, Vander Loop found time to volunteer with several community organizations, including the Kaukauna Credit Union Board, the Kaukauna Utility Board, the Moose Club, and the Lions Club International. He would eventually serve eight years on the Kaukauna City Council and eight years in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Through these many acts of service, Vander Loop left a lasting impact on all he encountered.

“I think we could all learn something from the way Bill lived his life,” Rep. Steineke concluded. “He dedicated his life to the people around him and worked tirelessly to make his community a better place for all.”

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