George Gabriel Delveaux Jr., 69, of Brussels, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 18, 2012. He was born on September 12, 1942, in the farmhouse on the Delveaux homestead to George and Laura (DeKeyser) Delveaux Sr. On May 30, 1970, he married Nancy Claflin. George graduated from Brussels High School in 1960, and from Ag Short Course at the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1961. He followed in his father’s footsteps by taking over the farm which had been in the family since 1856.
George lived life to the fullest and it shows in many of his accomplishments and community involvement – Chairman for Town of Brussels, Brussels Lions Club, serving positions of president, vice president, Lion Tamer, parade chairman, director for 6 years, and co-chair of the garden tractor pull and Christmas decorations, Baylake Bank (formerly Bank of Sturgeon Bay) Board of Directors, B.U.G. Fire Dept. and B.U.G. Fire Board, Southern Door School Board, Lake to Lake and Land O’ Lakes Board of Directors, Door County Farm Bureau, FFA and FFA Alumni, 4-H Leader, Dairy Superintendent for the Door County Fair, Southern Door Snow Travelers, Catholic Order of Foresters. He received honors as the Door County Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer and the Lions Club International Foundation Melvin Jones Fellow Award. In 2006, the family farm was the first farm in Door County to receive the Sesquicentennial Award (150 years) making it the oldest family owned farm.
George’s hobbies were being involved in many community activities and trading Lion’s pins. With Debbie Gilson as chauffeur and Charlie Massart and Hank Gilson as his sidekicks, George was in his glory. He just returned from a pin trading expo held in Moline, IL on Saturday. George was very proud of his Belgian heritage. Many times George and Nancy hosted visitors from Belgium and one year they both visited Belgium bringing along their youngest son who was 6 months old at the time. He loved to play cooyah cards with many of his buddies (too many to name) and meeting for the regular Friday lunch at The Edge of Town and the Sunday breakfast at The Cattail Café after church.
George cherished his time with family!! He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children, Shelly (John) Booth, Fox Lake, IL; Joe (June) Delveaux, Mike (Nicole) Delveaux, and John Delveaux, all of Brussels; along with his eight grandchildren, Tyler and Nathan Booth; Dustin and Crystal Drager; Nicole and Joey Delveaux; Braden and Brock Delveaux. He is further survived by his sisters Marilyn Giebel, Green Bay; Jean (Gaylen) LaCrosse, Brussels; mother-in-law, Mary Claflin, Sturgeon Bay; sisters-in-law, Patty (Richard) LeMere, New Franken; Cheryl (Gary) Nault, Sturgeon Bay; Vicki Claflin, Sturgeon Bay; and many nieces and nephews. George was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, Aaron Claflin; brother-in-law, Wayne Claflin; and numerous aunts and uncles. He will be greatly missed by his family and multitude of friends.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2012, at St. Francis and St. Mary Parish in Brussels with Rev. Pius Cotter officiating. Entombment will be in The Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Visitation will be on Friday, April 20, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay and from 8:00 am to 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home on Saturday. A prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m on Friday at the funeral home.