Douglas Van Ham

Obituary of Douglas Stephen Van Ham

Douglas Stephen Van Ham, 62, of Missoula, Montana, passed away from natural causes, in his home, on Monday, July 5th, 2021.  Douglas was born on March 3rd, 1959 in Joliet, IL.  His parents were Frederick and Elizabeth Van Ham.  Douglas and his five siblings grew up in New Lenox, IL.  As a young man, he lived in Florida for some time and then moved to Pennsylvania.  He also called Colorado home for several years.  Eventually, Douglas moved to Missoula, Montana where he lived out the rest of his days.  He felt most at home and at peace near the mountains. 

Douglas joined the Marines in 1977.  He spent four years as an active-duty service member and two years in the Marine Corps Reserve.  Douglas was never married, nor did he have any children.  His hobby was Martial Arts.  He became a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate in Aurora, Colorado, largely thanks to his Sensei, Fred Pleis.  Eventually, Douglas started teaching kids martial arts.  His students fondly referred to him as Mr. Doug.  Douglas was a carpenter and a jack-of-all-trades.  There was no job too big for him to tackle.  He loved the great outdoors, fishing, hiking, camping, and music.  He was a loving brother who always took great care of his family. 

Douglas’ survivors include four brothers and their families: Thomas Van Ham & wife Deborah of Rock Hill, SC., Raymond Van Ham of Rock Hill, SC., John Van Ham & wife Joleen of Joliet, IL, Michael Van Ham & wife Laura of Plainfield, IL, sister Mary Ellen Justice of Arizona as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

There will be a celebration of life for Douglas Van Ham at The American Legion Post #1977 in New Lenox from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 1, 2021. 

Burial will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. on Monday, August 2. 2021 at 12:00 p.m.  Please arrive at the information center by 11:45 a.m.  For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or you may visit where you can share a favorite memory or leave an online condolence.




Life Celebration

12:00 pm - 5:00 am
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Tom E Hartung American Legion Post 1977
14414 Ford Dr.
New Lenox, Illinois, United States


12:00 pm
Monday, August 2, 2021
Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
20953 W. Hoff Road
Elwood, Illinois, United States
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