Bob Van Hoef

 

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Founder

Bob Van Hoef, the “B” in JB Vang, was born April 15, 1922, in Grand Haven, Michigan. He was a 1947 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, and a 1949 graduate of the University of Michigan. He also attended the University of London.

He served his country in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant during two periods of active duty, World War II and the Korean War. He was twice decorated with the Bronze Star medal.

Bob worked in the field of urban planning and development and was the Planning Director for Muskegon, Grand Haven, and the Michigan State Highway Department. He was also Senior Vice President of St. Paul Metro Development. In 1985 he retired from First National Bank of St. Paul and joined Judy Mueller in founding JB Realty Co. of St. Paul Inc.

He was a member of First Reformed Church in Grand Haven and a former board member of the Union Gospel Mission, the YMCA, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program, and the Athletic Club, as well as former president of the Boys and Girls Club. He was also a former member of the St. Paul City Planning Commission.

Bob was an avid tennis player, supporter of the NWLTA, and past president of the U of M Baseline Club. There is a court named in his honor at the U of M Varsity tennis facility. He also enjoyed golf, painting, and woodcarving.