Soldier from Fond du Lac dies in New Mexico


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Soldier from Fond du Lac dies in New Mexico

By Jaclyn Brandt. CREATED Sep 17, 2013

FOND DU LAC - A man from Fond du Lac died Saturday while swimming in New Mexico.

U.S. Army Spc. Ron Vande Zande, Jr. was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas and was in New Mexico over the weekend. According to the Fond du Lac Reporter, Vande Zande drowned while swimming at Elephant Butte Lake in Sierra County.

Vande Zande graduated from Fond du Lac High School and his wife, Sarah is expecting their first child.

“I am so proud of my son (and) the man he has become,” Vande Zande's dad told the newspaper. “He did what he wanted to do with the military and in life. When he put his mind toward something, he did it full force.”

Rob Vande Zande said his son was swimming with his wife and friends from the Army when he disappeared in the lake.