Jimmy Dean Van Rossum of Boulder Junction died peacefully on January 11, 2022 at Aurora Medical Center in Burlington.
He was born March 9, 1947, to Dean and Marlice Van Rossum in Green Bay. There he attended both elementary and high school before heading off to complete general education courses at UW-Platteville. From there he completed training at the USMC-Naval Air Technical Training Center in 1967. During his tour with the USMC, Jimmy Dean attended class A aviation mechanical fundamentals school and the class A aviation machinists mate jet engine course, graduating in the top 10%. He also worked at the commissioned officers club in Cherry Point, N.C. Jimmy Dean received the Good Conduct Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He received his F4B A/C system fundamentals and became crew chief in 1968 and completed 3M technical training in 1969. He was also a decorated marksman.
In 1976, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York, majoring as a professional chef and becoming a certified working chef and executive chef by the American Culinary Federation. He then went on for three years at Fox Valley Technical Institute in Appleton, majoring in hotel/restaurant cookery and service management. 
He worked as the manager/executive chef at both The Riverview Country Club in Appleton (’78-’80) and at Banc Restaurant and Catering in Green Bay (’81-’83). He then established The Guides Inn in Boulder Junction as owner/chef in February of 1984, and successfully ran the restaurant until his passing. Additionally, he purchased The Boulder Beer Bar with his son, Jesse, in 2005. Most recently, he was a major part in the acquisition of the PI Pub in Presque Isle.
Jimmy Dean’s passion for teaching was evident in his everyday life, taking any opportunity to share his knowledge with anyone willing to learn. He was a true professional businessman. Jimmy Dean never missed an opportunity to be involved in anything community related, from making/providing rolls every July to the BJFD to preparing meals for the Vilas County ADRC Senior Meals for 13 years and everything in between. He became involved in international student/work programs and provided opportunities and financial support for students from many countries. He traveled internationally on several occasions to share his culinary arts and skills, thereby enhancing opportunities for foreign students to come to the United States.
Jimmy Dean is survived by his three sons, James (Karen) Van Rossum Jr. of Green Bay; Jesse Van Rossum of Boulder Junction, and Joey (Brenda) Van Rossum of Madison. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Stephanie (Christopher) Serbousek, Hannah (Steven) Hesse, Dominic Van Rossum, Dakota and Scarlett Van Rossum; great-grandchildren, Olin, Jensen, Nova, Saphira, Harper, Serenity, Sadee, Ethan and Ellie and many nieces and nephews. 
There will be a service held at the Boulder Junction Community Church, 10445 Main Street, Boulder Junction, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23. Immediately following there will be a gathering at The Boulder Beer Bar & Restaurant, 5509 Cty Hwy M, Boulder Junction. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boulder Junction Historical Society. Bolger Cremation and Funeral Services is assisting the family, www.bolgerfuneral.com.