Thomas James “Tom” Van Bladel
Of Arlington Heights
Thomas James Van Bladel, D.D.S., 74, of Arlington Heights, IL, died February 5, 2017. He passed away in Aruba while windsurfing, his favorite activity.
He is survived by his loving wife Yvonne; six siblings: Janet (Ken) Mullins, Gerald (Linda), Alan, Kenneth (Doris), Robert (Sue), and Patricia (Dennis) Nolan; four children: Heather (Josh), Kevin (Shilarna), Erin and Christine; and five grandchildren.
Prior to retirement in 2010, he practiced dentistry in Arlington Heights for 35+ years, caring for over 3500 patients. After graduating from UIC, he became a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, serving aboard the U.S.S. Sperry and at Camp Pendleton. Tom greatly enjoyed science, outdoor activities, exercise and the ocean. He remains well loved, and will be greatly missed. Memorial will be private.
The family requests donations be made to OceanConservancy.org in his name.
Memories and condolences may be posted at www.GlueckertFH.com or (847) 253-0168.