James Michael VanGorden

James Michael VanGorden

James Michael “Mike” VanGorden, 60, of Madison, WI, died Thursday June 1, 2017 in the company of family at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg.

Mike was born in Hollywood, FL to Ruth J. Morris and James F. VanGorden on November 8, 1956.

Mike loved to cook, hike and his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was fondly known to many by his professional nickname “Papa J.”

He is preceeded in death by his parents and sister Jackie. He is survived by his son, Shawn Scott of Madison; daughter, Rhiannon (Robert) Smith of Oregon; grandchildren Cody, Raene, & Caylynn; “adopted” daughter Shaina and grandson Talon of Madison; brother Peter VanGorden of Palatka, Fl, sister Ruth Chappell of Satsuma, Fl and many other family and friends.

A celebration of life will be held Monday, June 5, 2017 at Governor Nelson State Park. Visitation at 2pm and service at 3pm.