James G. Van Wormer

PORTAGE – James G. Van Wormer, 81, passed away peacefully at home in Portage on Monday January 27, 2020.

James was born on February 9, 1938 in Portage, the son of Gordon and Marjorie (Kerwin) Van Wormer. He graduated from Portage High School in 1956 and served his country honorably in the U.S. Army. He worked for Van’s Concrete Construction for several decades, was an avid hunter, angler, and fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. James particularly enjoyed spending time with his six grandchildren.
James is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sally (Beahm) Van Wormer of Portage;  sons, Michael (Stacy) Van Wormer of Pardeeville, Gerald Van Wormer of Portage, and Jeffrey (Arin) Van Wormer of Fall Creek;  sisters, Sarah (James) Manicki of Almond, and Jennie (Mike) Johnson of Montello;  grandchildren; sister-in-law, Judy Van Wormer, of Baraboo, nieces, nephews, and other relatives. His parents and his brother Gary Van Wormer preceded him in death.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at the Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage with Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl presiding.  Inurnment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors by Portage Area Veteran’s Honor Guard.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., on Sunday at the funeral home. A light luncheon will be held after the burial at the VFW Hall in Portage.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Agrace (Hospice) Foundation at or 608-327-7180.




For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)