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Life and death are balanced on the edge of a razor.  ~Homer, Iliad

Transcribed by Cathe Ziereis & Editor Jim Glasheen




Mrs. LaRock Rites Set for Wednesday


Funeral services for Mrs. Aloysius LeRock, 33, of Keshena, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Michael’s Church in Keshena.  Mrs. LaRock died Sat. evening, Jan 13, from injuries suffered in an auto accident.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Rosary will be recited at 9 p.m. tonight.






Gresham Woman Dies in Fire


Mrs. Edna Puls, a resident of Gresham for the past 4 years, apparently suffocated about noon Monday, Jan 15 in the bedroom of her smoke-filled apartment on the southeast side of the village.

Gresham firemen responded to a call about 11:45 a.m. Monday to the Martha Hoffman home and found the bed aflame in Mrs. Puls apartment.  Fire Chief Mike Fischer said it is believed that she fell asleep or took ill while smoking a cigarette.  The fire was quickly extinguished with some smoke and water damage.  She was 53.

The Muehl Funeral Home of Seymour is in charge of arrangements.

She is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Fuss and was born at Nichols on Aug 2, 1908.  Survivors include 2 brothers, Melvin Fuss of Shiocton and Elmer Fuss of Nichols.

Sheriff Carl Krueger and Deputy Corner Louis Hoeffs investigated.


25 Mar 1963

Burns Fatal to Young Girl from Caroline


Diane Romberg, daughter of Mr and Mrs LeRoy Romberg of Rural Caroline died early today at a Milwaukee Hospital.

Diane, 5, suffered third degree burns at her home Mar 2 and has been hospitalized in Milwaukee ever since.

Funeral services are pending.

Diane’s clothing caught fire when she was reaching in a cupboard near the kitchen stove at the Romberg home when her clothing caught fire.




Apr 1963


Services for Lewis Krueger 1:30 Sunday

Lewis Krueger, 69, Town of Lessor, died Thur evening, Apr 4.  He was struck by a car when he was walking on Highway 47.

Mr Krueger was the son of the late Mr and Mrs Frank Krueger.  He was born Feb 25, 1894, in the Town of Lessor.  He was a veteran of World War 1 and spent his lifetime in farming and logging.  He had never married.

Survivors are 2 sisters, Anna, Mrs Frank Dingeldine, Rt. 1, Bonduel, and Martha, Mrs Chris Ebach, Menominee, Mich., and 2 brothers, Elmer of Cecil, and Henry of Prentice.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 1:30 at the Zastrow Funeral Home.  Interment will be in the Union Cemetery, Town of Lessor.  There will be military rites at the cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 pm Saturday.




Apr 1963

Ladwig Rites on Saturday

Funeral service for James Ladwig, 39, who accidently drowned in the Embarrass River on Wed, Apr 10, will be held at 1:30 pm Sat in St Mathews Lutheran Church at Bowler.

Rev H Bents will officiate and burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.  Friends and relatives may call at the Schmidt Funeral Home at Wittenberg from 3 pm today until 11:20 Sat and then from noon until the time of services at the church.

James Ladwig was born Dec 4, 1923 at Bowler the son of Mr and Mrs Alfred Ladwig.  He never married and lived at the rural

Wittenberg farm all his life.

His mother survives along with the following brothers and sisters: Norman of Tigerton, Delores, Mrs Richard Maas of Oconto Falls, Mrs Janete Britenfeldt of Zachow, Gary of Owen.  His father and a brother, Alan, preceded him in death.





Rural Marion Youth Killed

MARION, WIS. (UPI) – Leroy Strum, 18, rural Marion, was killed Tue night, Apr 30, when the car he was driving missed a curve on Wisconsin 110 and hit a tree.

Two passengers in the Strum car were injured and taken to a Clintonville hospital where they were pronounced in fair condition.

The victim lived near Big Falls with the Booth Funeral Home of Manawa in charge of arrangements.




Jun 1963

Mark Eckardt Dies Sat in Mishap with Lawnmower

Mark Eckardt, 2 year old son of Mr and Mrs Eugene Eckardt of Birnamwood, died in a tragic accident near his home at 11:45 am Sat.

The child had been playing in his yard in the village of Birnamwood and his father was mowing grass on a nearby lot with a mower that is operated from a driver seat.

Little Mark, unbeknown to anyone, strolled over into the lot and was following his father, trailing close behind the mower.  Unaware that his son was in the area, Mr Eckardt backed up the machine and knocked the boy down with the machine partially backing over him.

He was rushed to a Wausau hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.  He suffered head injuries.

Investigating the mishap were Undersheriff Fred Lemhouse and Coroner Harvey Stubenvoll.

Funeral services were conducted this afternoon at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev Carl W Musall officiating.  Interment was in Forest Cemetery.  The Kopitzke Funeral Home, Birnamwood was in charge of the arrangements.  The pallbearers were Lyle Krull, Robert Dickman, Roy Masier and Edmond Humblet.

Mark was born March 2, 1961 at Wausau.  He is survived by his parents; 1 brother Randy; his grandparents, Mr and Mrs Harold Neill, Birnamwood and Mr and Mrs Thomas Betich, Milwaukee and his great-grandmothers, Mrs Florence Phieger, Birnamwood and Mrs Louis Surprise, Antigo.




Gillett Youth Killed in Mishap Early Sunday

Hugh H McGillivray, 17, Gillett High School student was instantly killed Sun morning, Apr 21, when the car in which he was riding failed to negotiate a curve on Highway HH between Berry Lake and Gillett.  The mishap occurred about 12:15 am.

In the car with McGillivray were John Hanson, 18, Tony Hanson, 18, Mark Hanson, 16 and Gerald Darrell Rhode, 18, all of Gillett.  The rescue squad of Gillett rendered first aid to the injured boys and took them to the Oconto Falls Hospital.  Tony and Mark Hanson are still confined to the hospital, the others having been released.

Hugh was born Oct 21, 1945 in Green Bay and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W A McGillivray, Gillett.  He came to Gillett with his parents from Pulaski 8 years ago.  He was a member of the Methodist Church, Gillett and would have graduated from Gillett High School on May 31.  Hugh had been active in many organizations in the high school.  He was a member of the Gillett varsity football, basketball and track teams.

Besides his parents he leaves 1 sister, Katherine and 2 brothers, Angus and James, all at home; and his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. High Lutsey, Rt. 3 Pulaski. 

Funeral services will be conducted at the Methodist Church, Gillett Tue afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The Rev Leslie Simon will officiate and interment will be in the Elm Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Kuehl Funeral Home, Gillett at 3 o’clock this afternoon until 11 o’clock Tue morning and then at the church until the time of the services.




Bear Creek Woman is Victim of Road Accident

Nineteen year old Ann Mae Peters of Rt. 1 Bear Creek became Shawano County’s sixth road fatality of 1963 last night, May 26, when she was killed instantly in a one car crash south of Shawano.

Traffic Chief Ed Bahr said he was unable to determine who was driving the car as another occupant, Lloyd R Hanson, 25 of Rt. 1 Shiocton was injured and hospitalized at Shawano.

Bahr said the 1956 Ford was demolished in the mishap at 11:20 pm along highway 22.  He reported the vehicle got off on the right side of the roadway while traveling south.  It stuck a tree head-on demolishing the vehicle.

Hanson was brought to the Shawano Community Hospital in the Born Ambulance and the victim in the Karth Ambulance.

The mishap occurred 7 miles south of Shawano on highway 22.

Funeral services will be conducted Wed morning at St Rose Catholic Church, Clintonville.  Interment will be in St Rose Church Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Heuer & Sievers Funeral Home, Clintonville after noon on Tuesday.

Ann Mae Peters was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Peters, Rt. 1, Bear Creek.  Survivors besides her parents are 4 brothers, Bernard and Raymond of Rt. 1, Bear Creek and Kenneth and Harold at home, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Stilend, of rural route, New London.




Bert A Huntington Drowns in Shawano Lake Sun

Shawano Lake claimed the life of a well-known Shawano County logger and farmer, Jul 14.

Corner Harvey Stubenvoll ruled that Bert A Huntington, 67, died of accidental drowning when he fell from a boat while fishing at 8:45 am Sun.

A life-long resident of Shawano County, Mr. Huntington made his home at 964 Lake Drive at North Shore, Shawano Lake.

An ardent fisherman, he left home Sun morning to fish just off the north shore point.  Sheriff Carl Krueger said he apparently slipped and fell in the water and was unable to reach his boat which was not anchored and drifted away with the waves.

Krueger said fishermen nearby heard his cries for help but could not reach him in time.  Deputy Les Foesch, using the county patrol boat, and volunteers recovered the body in 12 feet of water.  The body was found in the very weedy area which probably hampered the victim’s efforts to stay afloat.

Mr. Huntington was born at Shawano on Jan 31, 1896, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bert E Huntington.  At the age of 12 he moved to Red Springs with his parents where he worked in his father’s mill and farmed.

A veteran of World War 1, Mr. Huntington was very active in church activities serving as an elder at Our Savior Lutheran Church at Morgan Siding, was instrumental in the building of the church, and served as treasurer.  In 1945 he moved to Shawano where he was a member of St James Lutheran Church and the St James Men’s Society.

He was united in marriage to Esther Russell at Gresham on Sep 4, 1920.

He was a member of the Shawano American Legion Post and spent most of his leisure time hunting and fishing.

His wife survives along with the following children, Mrs. Lydia Church of Sturgeon Bay; Harry  of Gresham; (Annabella) Mrs. Harold Fust of Gillett; (Dolores) Mrs. Victor Ziemer of Oshkosh; (Harriet) Mrs. Robert Brook of Florida; Bertrand Jr at home and a foster son, Edward Badeau of Green Bay.  One daughter died in infancy.  Also surviving are 22 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, a brother, Wilber Huntington of Manitowoc and an aunt, Mrs. Lucy Eldon of Gresham.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 pm Wed at St James Lutheran Church with Rev H G Parsch officiating.  Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Shawano.

Friends may call at the Karth Funeral Home after 2 pm Tue and then at the church from 11 am Wed until the time of the service.






Mrs. Tom Brown, 78, Wittenberg, Dies Sun Eve

Mrs. Tom Brown, Wittenberg, died Monday evening, Jul 22, at her home in that village when lightning struck the Brown home, burning Mrs. Brown, the burns covering most of her body.  She died at 8 o’clock.

Mrs. Brown was the former Mary Crane.  She was born Jul 15, 1885 in the Wittenberg area.  In 1908 she was married to Tom Brown, who survives.  The couple lived in DeSota for 5 years, then returning to Wittenberg.  Mrs. Brown was a member of the Native American Church.

Surviving is her husband and 1 daughter, Christine, Mrs. W Hawkins of Chicago and a foster son, John Stacy of Schoefield and a foster daughter, Elizabeth Stacy Whitewing of Chicago and 3 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tue, Jul 23, at 1:30 at the Old Decorah Residence.  Interment will be in Indian Cemetery.  The Schmidt Funeral Home, Wittenberg is in charge of the arrangements.




Raymond Crapeau, 33, Killed While Crossing St

Raymond Crapeau, 33, of Milwaukee, formerly of Neopit, died on Mon, Sep 30.  He was struck down by a car while crossing a street, his injuries being fatal.

Mr. Crapeau, who was the son of the late Mr and Mrs George Crapeau, Neopit, was born Jan 23, 1930 at Neopit.  He attended the Flandreau Indian School at Flandreau, South Dakota and served in the Korean War.  He was married Mar 23, 1954 to Yvonne Ninham at Shawano.  The family has been living in Milwaukee since 1954.  Mr. Crapeau was a crane operator for a coal company.

Besides his wife he leaves 7 children, all at home, Marilyn, Raymond, Ronald, Charleen, Katherine, Michael and Quinton.  Also surviving are 2 brothers, Anthony, of Keshena and Lawrence, of Milwaukee, and 5 sisters, Rose, Mrs Lyle Bohman, Evelyn, Mrs Edward Snow, Theresa, Mrs William Wilson, Sharon, Mrs Jack Valier and Delores, Mrs Guy Moede, all of Milwaukee.

Funeral services will be conducted Wed at the Gaffney Funeral Home, Gresham.  The Rev Marcellus will officiate and interment will be in St. Anthony cemetery.  The Rosary will be recited this evening, Tue, at 8:00.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00 today until the hour of the service.



Former Cecil Couple Die in Auto Accident

Mr. and Mrs. Eldon Kohn of Gillett, formerly of Cecil, were killed instantly about 3:10 am. Sunday, Sep 29, on a town road just north of Gillett in Oconto County.

Authorities said the collision occurred at a town road intersection when cars driven by Kohn and Lefty Brown of Germantown collided.

Mr. and Mrs. Kohn were thrown from their auto and died instantly.  Brown’s auto caught fire after the impact and the Gillett rescue squad was called to the scene to assist the injured from the wreckage.  Brown and 2 other passengers in his car were taken to Oconto Falls Hospital in the Kuehl ambulance.  Two of them were later transferred to a Green Bay Hospital with their condition reported as critical.

Mr. and Mrs. Kohn lived in Cecil up to 10 years ago.  Mr. Kohn was an engineer at the Gillett Canning Company.  He was born Dec 18, 1910 in the Town of Washington, Shawano County and was united in marriage to Lucille Schmidt on Jun 26, (?) at the Immanuel Lutheran Church at White Clay Lake.

The former Lucille Schmidt was born August 7, 1909 in Cecil. 

Mr. Korth is survived by 2 daughters, Mrs. Melvin Lauersdorf of Gillett and Mrs. Elroy Schmidt of Kenosha; Four Sons, Lyle and Allen of Kenosha and Wayne and Larry at home; 14 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Frank of Bonduel and Emil and Walter of Cecil and 2 sisters, Clare, Mrs. William Schmidt of Advance and Mrs. Frank Korizck of Cecil.

In addition to the sons and daughters, Mrs. Kohn is survived by 3 brothers, Alfred Schmidt of Pulcifer, William of Advance and Ervin of the Town of Washington, and a sister, Mrs. William Giese of Shawano.

They were members of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Gillett where double funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. R C Stubenvoll officiating.

Friends may call at the Kuehl Funeral Home in Gillett from 2 p.m. Tuesday until 11 a.m. Wednesday and then at the church until the time of services.





Emil Kunzak Killed in Auto Crash Saturday

A rural Wittenberg man became Shawano County’s 11th traffic victim of 1963 at 10:30 am Saturday, Oct 26, in a 2 car accident on a town road, 3 miles north of Wittenberg.

Killed instantly in the crash was 61 year old Emil Kunzak of Rt. 3 Wittenberg.

Traffic officer Sandy Montour said a car driven by Kunzak and a vehicle operated by Orville Henderson, 23, of Birnamwood collided on the town road as they were headed in opposite directions.  Henderson suffered chest injuries and was taken to the Tigerton Hospital in the Schmidt ambulance of Wittenberg.

Assisting in the investigation were State Patrolman Don Fischer and Shawano County Coroner Harvy Stubenvoll. 

Funeral services will be conducted Tue at 2 pm at Redeemers Lutheran Church, Wittenberg.  The Rev W J Haleen will officiate and interment will be in Forest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Schmidt Funeral Home, Wittenberg, after 3 o’clock this afternoon (Monday) and from 1:00 Tue at the church until the time of the service.

Mr. Kunzak was born Oct 28,, 1902, at Bear Creek and was a dairy farmer.  He had worked for about 10 years for the Chicago Northwestern Railway Company on the section.  He had also served on the School Board in his community before school consolidation.  His marriage to Ruth Gilbertson took place on Oct 25, 1936 at Wittenberg.  They resided in the Town of Birnamwood following their marriage.

Besides his wife, Ruth, he is survived by a son, Elwood, of Kenosha, and a daughter, Romona, at home; 2 brothers, Gustav, of the Town of Birnamwood and Walter, of Kiel.






J. A. Grosskopf Suffers Heart Attack Hunting


John A Grosskopf, 64 year old resident of the Town of Morris died of a heart attack about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov 23, while deer hunting near his home.

Undersheriff Fritz Lemhouse said Mr. Grosskopf went out in the woods about noon and was found by a party of deer hunters from Wittenberg.  Deputy Coroner Louis Hoeffs attributed death to a heart attack.

He was born June 30, 1899 at Caroline and was married at Shawano on June 22, 1923 to Berdine Franklin.  He was an auto mechanic by trade.  They lived in Tigerton, Tilleda, Marion and Racine, moving back to the town of Morris from Racine in Jul of this year.

A veteran of World War 1, he is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gustav Grosskopf.

Rites will be conducted by Rev. Bents at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Wittenberg with burial in Evergreen Cemetery in the town of Racine; a daughter Dorothy, Mrs. Herbert Pehlke of Rt. 2 Wittenberg; 5 grandchildren; 3 brothers, Fred and Herman of Bowler and Alfred of Palmyra and a sister, Mrs. Leonhardt Schoen of Caroline.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m.




Seymour Woman is County Road Victim

Shawano County recorded its 12th traffic fatality of 1963 early today with the death of a Seymour woman following a mishap on Highway 186, 6 miles south of Shawano.

The victim was Minelta Jones of Seymour who was a passenger in a car operated by her husband, George.

According to traffic officer Sandy Montour, Mr. Jones was headed west on 187 and had just rounded a curve.  Another Auto traveling east was driven by Mavis J Petersen of Rt. 1 Bonduel.

Montour said Mrs. Petersen braked her car and the vehicle skidded out of control as 1 wheel was on a snow-covered portion of the highway.  The units collided almost head-on.

The accident occurred at 12:00 pm Sunday and Mrs. Jones died at the Shawano Community Hospital at 2:35 am today, Dec 30, of chests injuries.

Mrs. Petersen suffered chest injuries and her daughter Donna, 9, had shoulder injuries and facial cuts.  Mr. Jones suffered a cut over the eye and knee and ankle injuries.  They were brought to the local hospital in the Karth ambulance.

Assisting with the investigation were Officer Chet Dahl and state patrolman, Paul Reich.

Damage to the 1962 model car driven Mrs. Petersen amounted to $1000 while the Jones auto a 1951 model was a complete loss.

Green Bay Press Gazette

20 Nov 1963

Tigerton Man Takes Own Life

SHAWANO (PG) – The body of William Beredos, 68, a retired sailor, was found in the barn of his farm near Tigerton this morning by Don Lehman, who had purchased the farm from Beredos.

Beredos apparently took his own life.  Village Marshall Deb Griepentrog, Sheriff Carl Krueger and Louis Hoeffs, Deputy Coroner investigated.


Shawano Evening Leader

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 1964

Samuel Buckoski Killed in Auto-Truck Accident

Shawano County recorded its second Traffic fatality of 1964 at 11:30 PM Tuesday when Samuel J Buckoski of Rt. 1, Bowler, was killed instantly in a car-truck mishap along highway 29.  Traffic officer Sandy Montour reported that the units collided almost head-on and a wrecker had to be used to remove the victim from his auto which was wedged underneath the truck.  Montour said the crash accrued a mile southeast of Tilleda as the tractor-trailer unit owned by the Kust Trucking Company of Coleman and  was driven by Joseph Kust and heading east on 29 and a 1959 model station wagon operated by Buckoski, 28, was headed west.  The Schwartz wrecker pulled the units apart with Coroner Harvey Stubenvoll at the scene.  Damage to the truck was estimated at $2,500, while the Buckoski car was a total loss.

He was born in the town of Seneca on June 28, 1935, son of Mr. & Mrs. Max Buckoski and lived with his mother in that township.  Mr. Buckoski attended school in Tilleda and was a graduate of Bowler High School.  He served in the U. S. Coast Guard from March of 1954 to march of 1957 out of Staten Island, N.Y.

Single, he was employed at FWD Corporation, Clintonville, and was a very active sportsman, enjoying hunting and fishing and was a member of the Tilleda and Leopolis baseball teams of recent years.

He was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Tilleda, where funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Survivors include a sister, Evelyn, Mrs. Harold Guttenberg, of Green Bay, and a brother, Glenn Buckoski of Green Bay, his mother of Tilleda and his fiancée Rita Kristoff of Leopolis.


Shawano Evening Leader

Saturday Noon, May 1, 1965

Rural Gresham Youth Dies Following Fiery Crash

A fiery crash at Hermansfort corners last night claimed the life of an 18 year old rural Gresham youth with another hospitalized at Shawano in serious condition.

The victim was Dwight Zeuske of Rt. 1 Gresham who became Shawano County’s 6th traffic fatality so far in 1965.  The crash at the junction of County trunk U and highway 29 occurred at 9:15 PM Friday and Zeuske died 2 hours later at the Shawano Community Hospital where he was taken in the Born ambulance.

Traffic officers Chet Dahl and Sandy Montour checked the mishap.  They said Zeuske was a passenger in a 1962 model car operated by Billy Gasser 19 also of Rt. 1 Gresham.  Gasser was going south on county trunk U and was attempting a left turn onto highway 29.  His car collided with a 1965 model vehicle operated by Carl White of Rt. 2 Clintonville who was eastbound on highway 29 at the time. 

After the impact the Gasser auto was destroyed by fire with about $2,000 damage to the White vehicle.  Gasser was reported in serious condition while White suffered cuts of the face, arms and legs.

Dwight Zeuske is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Zeuske of the town of Herman. 

The Gaffney Funeral Home of Gresham is in charge of arrangements which are incomplete at this time.

Jul 1965

Lewis E Boldig


Lewis E Boldig, age 34, Tigerton, died Jul 3, 1965 at Tigerton Hospital, as the result of an automobile accident.

He was born Mar 3, 1931 in the town of Morris, the son of Lewis H Boldig and the late Helga (Johnson) Boldig.

Lewis was a US Army Veteran serving during World War II.

On Aug 13, 1954 Lewis was united in marriage to Carol Corliss in Ripon.  She Survives.

Survivors include his father, Lewis H Boldig; 2 daughters, Tracy Boldig and Elizabeth Boldig, both of Zion IL; and 1 sister, Susan Boldig, Tigerton.

Funeral services were held Jul 7, 1965 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Tigerton.  The Rev Frank Tobisch officiated.  Interment was in the parish cemetery.




Shawano County Leader

Monday, June 6, 1966 

Harry Schreiber of Rural Shawano Hit-Run Victim

Shawano County recorded its 4th traffic fatality of 1966 Saturday night and authorities are seeking a hit-run driver who failed to stop after the mishap.  The victim was 66 year old Harry Schreiber of Rt. 3, Shawano.  Authorities said Schreiber was unlocking his door as he was parked along highway 29 in Thornton when he was struck by a westbound auto which was reported to be traveling at a high rate of speed.  The body was found some 200 feet from the point of impact and Mr. Schreiber was pronounced dead on arrival at the Shawano Community Hospital where he was taken in the Born ambulance.  Investigating the mishap were State Patrolmen James Peterson and Paul Teich and Undersheriff Carl Krueger.  Mr. Schreiber was born July 26 in the town of Seneca, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Anton Schreiber, and lived in the Shawano area most of his life where he was a logger.  On April 9, 1932 he was united in marriage to Larena Bartelt.  She survives along with the following children, Stella, Mrs. Edwin Flessert of Shawano; Carlien, Mrs. Roger Urban of Rt. 1, Clintonville; Audrey, Mrs. Sylvester Criscione of Rt. 1, Clintonville; Gloria, Mrs. George Urban of Neenah; Harold of Rt. 1, Marion, Ralph and Lyle of Steetsburg, Ohio and Merton of Gresham.

Also surviving are 27 grandchildren, 4 sisters, Goldie, Mrs. Ed. Weber of Shawano; Mrs. Viola Weicke of Shawano; Margaret, Mrs. Cornelius Doxtator of Sturgeon Bay; Alvira, Mrs. Elmer Hill of Shawano and 2 brothers Gilbert of Hot Springs, Montana and Norman of Shawano.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Born Funeral Home in Shawano.  Burial will be in the Friendship cemetery in the town of Belle Plaine.



Aug 1966

Robert James Balthazor

Robert James Balthazor, age 22, Eland, died Thur, Aug 18, 1966 as a result of a drowning accident in Wilson Lake. He was born Nov 7, 1943 in Birnamwood the son of Lester and Rose (Lex) Balthazor. Robert was a member of the US National Guard.  In addition to his parents, survivors include 2 brothers, Ronald and Richard, 1 sister, Catherine (Balthazor) Stockinger, Maternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Lex, Birnamwood. 

Robert was preceded in death by a sister, Rose, in infancy and paternal grandparents, Louis and Mathilda Balthazor.                                       

Funeral services were held Aug 20, 1966 at St William Catholic Church, Eland.  The Rev Ralph Hermsen officiated.



Shawano Evening Leader

Monday, Dec. 9, 1968 


Caroline GI, Larry Malueg, Drowns In Embarrass River

A 20 year old rural Caroline soldier drowned Saturday when he broke through the ice on the Embarrass River above Hayman Falls.  The victim was Private Larry Malueg, son of Mr.  & Mrs. Ferdinand Malueg of Star Rte, Caroline.  According to Shawano County Sheriff Fred Lemhouse Larry went hunting Saturday afternoon along the river and never returned home.  A searching party of volunteers and authorities combed the area and Sunday morning they found cracks indicating that Larry had crossed the river and they saw a spot about 40 feet from shore where he apparently fell through as his gun and gloves were on top of the ice.  Lemhouse and Deputy Les Foesch and Caroline deputies, Bill Koch and Al Ankerson, shoved a boat out onto the ice, chopped a hole in the spot which had been recently frozen over.  The body was found in 12 feet of water, directly below the spot Larry broke through.  Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Zion Luth. Church, Caroline.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Larry was born July 31, 1948, in the town of Pella.  He had attended the Marion Schools and was home on furlough and was to report back to camp to be sent to Vietnam.  Survivors are his parents, Mr.  & Mrs. Ferdinand Malueg, Star Rte, Caroline; 3 brothers and 4 sisters: Elroy, Caroline, Sylvia, Mrs. Elmer Block, Tigerton; Lyla, Mrs. LeRoy Rickert, Rural route, Birnamwood; Ferdinand, Jr., Marion, Lynda and Catherine all at home.


Shawano Evening Leader

Tuesday, June 24, 1969

Oneida Man Drowns Monday In Red River

A rural Oneida man, formerly from Morgan Siding, drowned last night in the Red River just west of the Village of Gresham.  The victim was 38 year old Louis Cooper of Rt. 1, Oneida.  Cooper fell into the river at 7:00 p.m. Monday and authorities located the body at 9:30 a.m. today.  The undersheriff said Cooper and a friend were walking across the Soo Line Railroad Bridge last night and the victim apparently got too close to the edge and fell in.  The water was about 20 feet deep at the spot.  A friend tried to save him when he came up once, but the try was unsuccessful.  Authorities used 2 boats in the dragging operation last night and rolled the body over once below the bridge, but could not hold the victim.  They went out at daybreak again today with 3 boats and hooked the body about 9:30 a.m. today.  Schultz said the body was found near the spot where it entered the water.  Assisting in the dragging operation were Deputies Bill Lee, Jim Knope, Les Foesch; Conservation Warden, Bill Hoyt, Asst. Warden, Marvin Gehm, and Coroner, Clyde Heagle.  The undersheriff said the victim also has a home at Morgan.  Louie Cooper was the son of Mrs. Abslom Cooper and was born March 26, at Oneida.  He lived in Oneida most of his life.  He spent 4 years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, in the Tank Corps.  Survivors are his father of Oneida and his mother of Gresham, 2 sons, Louis and Marvin, 1 daughter, Anna, 2 sisters and 2 brothers, Elizabeth, Mrs. Lawrence De Marr of Minneapolis, Minn., and Miss Lillian Cooper of Oneida, John and William of Chicago, and 1 half-sister, Bertha Antone of Oneida.


Shawano Evening Leader

Wednesday, June 25, 1969


Services for Louis Cooper 2 P.M. Thursday

Funeral services for Louis Cooper, 38, Rt. 1, Oneida, who drowned in the Red River just west of the village of Gresham on Monday evening, will be conducted on Thursday, June 26th, at the Church of the Latter Day Saints at Lyndhurst.  Interment will be in the church cemetery.  Military rites will be in charge of the Gresham Legion Post.


Shawano Evening Leader

Monday, Sep. 22, 1969

Irene Grosskopf 42, Bowler Killed In Car-Train Crash

Mrs. Irene Grosskopf, 42, of Rt. 1, Bowler, was killed Saturday, Sep. 20 in a car-train accident in the village of Bowler.  The former Irene Gast was born July 11, 1927 at Bowler.  Her parents were Mr. & Mrs. Albert Gast.  On Dec. 20, 1947 she was married at Tilleda to Ralph Grosskopf.  Mrs. Grosskopf was serving as a Sunday School teacher at St. Mathew church, Bowler, and was active in church affairs.  She was a bookkeeper for a hardware company in Antigo and for the Red Owl Store in Bowler.

Survivors are her husband, Ralph and a foster daughter, Barbara Ann Malitz.  Also her father, Albert Gast of Bowler, and 3 sisters and 3 brothers, Ella, Mrs. Wm. Hartman, Manawa; Mrs. Selma Drews, Bowler and Dorothy, Mrs. Herbert Schenk, Antigo; Ferdinand Gast, Shawano; Henry Gast, Bowler and Walter Gast, Fort Worth, Texas.

Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday at 1:30 PM at St. Mathew Lutheran church, Bowler.  Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, town of Almon.


Shawano Evening Leader

22 Nov 1971


Husband of Former Tilleda Resident Is Hunting Victim

Kenneth Gullickson, 45, of Westby, Wis. was killed while deer hunting on Saturday.  He was the husband of the former Fern Felts of Tilleda.  Survivors are his wife, 3 children, his mother and 3 sisters.  Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Westby and interment will be in the Tilleda cemetery at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Jan 27, 1976

County Girl Drowns

A seven-year-old rural Wittenberg girl drowned last night in Wilson Lake.

Sheriff Sandy Montour said the victim was Joan M Czerwonka, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Czerwonka of Rt. 1, Box 216, Wittenberg,

Authorities said the girl was swimming with friends in Wilson Lake, two miles west of Wittenberg, when she was discovered missing about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The body was recovered in five feet of water about an hour later, thirty feet from shore.  She was pronounced dead at the scene by medical technicians of the Wittenberg Ambulance Service.

Montour said it was the first drowning in Shawano County this year.

November 27, 1976

Kaukauna Girl Killed

Cecil—A ten year old girl was accidently shot and killed Saturday night at a rural Cecil home.

Shawano County Sheriff Sandy Montour said the victim was Susan Hurkman of Kaukauna who had been visiting with relatives in the area.

Montour reported that the girl was killed instantly when a gun handled by another juvenile relative accidentally discharged. 

The shot struck the victim in the head and she was killed instantly.

Death was ruled as an accidental shooting.

November 28, 1976

Young Couple Die in Blaze on Weekend; Blame Furnace

Thornton---A tragic early morning fire in below zero weather claimed the lives of a rural Shawano couple and completely destroyed the one-story home they were living in.

The fire alarm sounded in Shawano at 4:55 a.m. Sunday when a passing motorist saw flames shooting from the home occupied by Patrick and Terri Emerson at Kenwood farms in the township of Richmond, three miles west of the city of Shawano.

A spokesman from the department said the frame house was completely engulfed in flames on their arrival and the bodies of Mr. and Mrs. Emerson were found after the fire was brought under control.  They were both twenty years old and had been renting the home from Kent Murdock.

Two tankers and a pumper from Shawano were at the scene and they contained the blaze by using water from a pond near the home.

Fireman were hampered by three degrees below zero weather and westerly winds, but managed to contain the fire so it did not spread to nearby buildings.

Local firemen stayed at the scene until 10 am. Sunday in case the west winds fanned the ruins and start the fire again.

The state fire marshal was called to the scene Sunday afternoon and determined that the fire started in the basement of the structure in the area of the wood-burning furnace, indicating the furnace apparently overheated and started the blaze in the nearby area.

December 13, 1976 

Bonduel Youth Killed

BONDUEL---A rural Bonduel youth became Shawano County’s eleventh traffic fatality of 1976 last night in a single car mishap, two miles southeast of Bonduel. 

According to Shawano County Sheriff Sandy Montour the victim was Dennis A Frank, 16, of Rt. 1, Bonduel. 

The accident occurred at 8:50 p.m. Sunday as the driver was headed south on South Highline Road, just two miles southeast of the village of Bonduel.

The vehicle went off the right side of the roadway and struck some large trees.  The 1971 model auto he was driving sustained extensive damage.  The accident report indicated the driver suffered head injuries in the fatal crash.

DENNIS FRANK—Dennis Frank, 16, Rt. 1, Bonduel, died Sunday, Dec. 13 from injuries sustained in a car accident.  He was born Aug. 24, 1960 in Shawano, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Frank, Rt. 1, Bonduel.

He lived with his family in Shawano for four years, later in Green Bay for nine years, and at Rt. 1, Bonduel for the past two years.  He was a sophomore at Bonduel High School, and was a member of the high school band.  He was also a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bonduel.

Survivors in addition to his parents are his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Nowaczyk, his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Frank, Milwaukee, and two brothers, Kevin and Brian, both at home.

Funeral services will be held Wed., Dec. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bonduel, with Rev. Virgil Joss officiating,

Friends may call at the Wendt Funeral Home, Bonduel after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

June 22, 1977

Accident injuries Fatal 

SHAWANO—A truck-bicycle accident Tuesday afternoon claimed the life of a rural Shawano Youth.

Sheriff Sandy Montour said the victim was 9-year-old Thomas Fenn, of Rt. 3, Shawano.

According to investigating officers the mishap occurred at 1:35 p.m. along Highway MM, Near the Chicago and North Western Railroad tracks, just west of the city of Shawano.

The accident report said the boy apparently fell under the semi-trailer tandems of a unit operated by Gerald T Neoske of Green Bay as both were traveling northeast.  He was killed instantly.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fenn of Rt. 3, Shawano.

Appleton Post Crescent

30 Jan 1975

Otto T Rueckert

Otto T Rueckert, 325 W Huron St, Omro, age 84, died Wed as a result of a car accident south of Bonduel.  He was born in Shawano County Dec 22, 1890.  He married Elsie Graf at Zachow, Wisconsin and she preceded him in death in Dec, 1924.  He later married Edna Berg in Appleton, Jun 26, 1926 and she preceded him in death in 1969.  He was a resident of Omro for about 30 years.  He had been employed by the Kraft Company in Beaver Dam and Omro until his retirement in 1955.  He had served in the US Army, World War I.  He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Omro.  He is survived by 2 sons, Vernon of Neenah, and Wallin of Bonduel; a brother, Edwin, Beaver Dam; 2 sisters, Mrs Walter Kroehning, Zachow, and Mrs Hulda Darrow, Appleton; and 9 grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Sat at Grace Lutheran Church, Omro, at 1:30 pm with Rev John Mattson officiating.  Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, Zachow.  Visitation will be from 4 until 9 pm Fri at the Plansky Funeral Home, Omro.  A memorial has been established for Grace Lutheran Church.



Jun 1980

Melvin J Lyons Sr

Melvin J Lyons Sr, 32, Keshena, died Sunday morning, Jun 29, from injuries received in a car-pedestrian accident.

Son of Edna Lyons and the late Ralph Lyons, he was born Feb 17, 1948, in Keshena.  He lived in the Keshena area most of his life.  He was employed by the Tribal Police Department.  He graduated from the Police Science School in Utah and the Federal Game and Tribal Law School in Ashland.  He was administrator of the Rights Protection Program and treasurer of the Menominee Tribal Policeman’s Association.  He was a veteran of the Viet Nam conflict, having served in the Army.  On Aug 31, 1972, he married Deborah Long in Shawano.  He was a member of St Michael’s Catholic Church, Keshena, and the American Legion Post 497.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah; 2 daughters, Gina and Romona, both at home; 1 son, Melvin J Lyons Jr, at home, 2 stepchildren, Kimberly and Bridget, both at home; his mother, Edna Lyons, Neopit; 4 sisters, Mrs Clayton “Brokey” (Romona) Skenadore, Keshena, Mrs James (Isabel) Boivin, Neopit, Mrs Melvin (Myrna) Caldwell, Neopit, Mrs Mark (Bertha) Steckbauer, Birnamwood; 4 brothers, Gilbert Lyons, Neopit, Jerome Lyons, Neopit, Bert Lyons, Keshena, and Ralph Lyons Jr, Neopit, One brother preceded him in death.

Services will be held Wed at 10 am at St Michael’s Catholic Church, Keshena, with the Rev Joseph Hagen officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Military rites at the grave will be by the Keshena American Legion.

Friends may call at the Clayton “Brokey” Skenadore residence in Keshena after 6 pm today until the time of the service on Wed.  There will be a parish wake service at 8 pm Tue at the residence.

Born Funeral Home, Shawano, is in charge of arrangements

22 June 1980

Little Chute Man Killed in Wescott

Shawano – Michael S Haase of Little Chute was killed instantly at 11:47 p.m. Sunday when the vehicle he was driving on CTH H near Edgewood Avenue in Wescott lost control on a curve, hit a ditch and flipped onto its top, skidding across the road onto the opposite shoulder.

The Sheriff’s Dept. reported Haase, 25, died of a broken neck and skull fracture.  His body was partially ejected from the vehicle.

Passenger Michael J Huettl, 27, of Seymour, was treated for arm and leg cuts at Shawano Community Hospital and released. 

Hasse’s death was the seventh fatality so far this year in Shawano County.


Jul 1995

Robert A Fish Sr

Robert A Fish Sr, age 46, of Neopit, died on Tue, Jul 18, 1995 in Green Bay from injuries in an automobile accident.

He was born Oct 15, 1948 in Keshena, the son of Mary (Snake) Fish and the late Raymond Fish, Sr.  He was a Golden Gloves champion from 1965 to 1967.  He was a carpenter, working in the Fox Valley for many years, owned and operated RAF Construction and was employed by the Menominee Tribal Enterprises.  He served with the 1st Cavalry with the US Army in the Vietnam Conflict.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a member of St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Neopit.  He was married on Aug 28, 1971 in Green Bay, to Dianna L Warrington.

He is survived by his wife, Dianna; 3 sons, Robert Fish Jr, Michael (Shari) Fish Sr, and Bobby Joe Sanapaw, all of Neopit; 1 grandson. Michael Fish, Jr; his mother, Mary Fish, Neopit; grandmother, Ernie Snake, Keshena; 14 brothers and sisters, Ray (Wanda) Fish, Jr, Keshena, Gwen Chomyn, Green Bay, Joan (Lonnie) Schreiber, Gresham, Evora (Doug) Webster, Neopit, Mary Lee (Kurt) Aebischer, Green Bay, Roger (Marv) Fish, Neopit, Carmin Fish, Neopit, Lauri (Randy) Reiter, Keshena, Jeffrey (Sissy) Fish, Green Bay, Kathy (Robert) Tucker, Green Bay, Rose (Duane) Pecore, Calif, Barbara Sanapaw, Neopit, Elaine (Sonny) Brown, Calif, Arthur Fish, Neopit.  Preceded in death by 1 brother, Walter.

Funeral services will be Saturday Jul 22, at 10:30 at St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Neopit, with Fr David Keifer officiating.  Burial in the parish cemetery with military rites by the Menominee Unified Veterans.  Friends may call at the Marv Fish residence, Neopit after 4 pm Thur, until funeral services Sun.  Parish wake service Fri 8 pm at the residence.  Born-Swedberg Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



Jul 1998

Charles P Cary

Charles Cary Jr, 56 Frazer Corner, town of Lessor, died Jul 27, 1998, in an automobile accident.

He was born Feb 12, 1942, in Pawnee City, Neb, to Charles Cary Sr and the late Dorothy (Mize).  He grew up in Nebraska and served in the Air Force Reserve.  Chuck moved to Wisconsin in 1968.  He married Rose Leitermann Jul 18, 1970, in Antigo.  Chuck had been employed at Bay-West Paper Company for 21 years.  He was currently working for ITS Security at Provimi Veal Corp., Seymour.

Survivors include: his wife, Rose; 11 children, David (Janet) Cary, Bonduel, Lynda (Juan) Guzman, Green Bay, Barbara (Adrian) Perez, Kimberly, Maria (Shawn) Montoure, Bonduel, John Cary, Bonduel, Michael, Joseph, Gina, Anna, Monica and Sarah Cary, all at home; 6 grandchildren; his father, Charles Cary Sr, Pawnee City, Neb; 3 brothers, David (Wanda) Cary, Alvo, Neb, Jerome Cary, Bothell, Wash, Lawrence Cary, Socorro, NM; 4 sisters, Juanita (Jim) Wesseler, Indianapolis, Ind, Carol (Craig) Thompson, Dunning, Neb, Nadine Eltite, Lexington, Neb, and Donna (Steve) Ross, Lincoln, Neb.

Funeral services will be Thur, Jul 30, at 10 am at Lessor Town Hall, Lanstad, with Father Lucian Pulvermacher officiating.  Burial will be in Zion Cemetery, town of Hartland.  Friends may call at Wendt Funeral Home, Bonduel, Wed, Jul 29, from 4 to 8 pm and at Lessor Town Hall on Thur after 9 am until the time of services.

“….My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.  During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”



Aug 2004

Diana Marie Turney

Diana M Turney, age 48, of Keshena, died Mon, Aug 2, 2004, the result of an auto accident.

Diana was born in Keshena on Jul 31, 1956, the daughter of the late Clarence and Adelaide (Wilber) Tucker, Sr.  She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, making Indian beadwork, doing crossword puzzles, blackberry picking and was an avid Harley Davidson and Dallas Cowboy fan.

She is survived by: her daughters, Rhonda (Dion) Madosh of Green Bay, Llona Tucker-May of Cudahy, Alexandria Turney of Minneapolis; sons, Michael Tucker of Keshena, Craig (Heather) Turney of Colorado Springs, Colo; sisters and brothers, Edryll (James) Stenseth of Wauwatosa, Clarence (Elizabeth) Tucker of Keshena, Myron (Joan) Tucker of Keshena, Bryant (Sandy) Tucker of Charlotte, NC, Nan (Matt) Waupoose of Keshena, John (Patricia) Tucker of Keshena Ruth (Mike) Tucker of Cudahy, Reynel Tucker of Keshena and her twin brother, Daryl (Cynthia) Tucker of Keshena; 19 grandchildren, an aunt, Elva Rose Tucker of Shawano, numerous nieces and nephews, and her special friend Gerald Smith, Sr.  She was preceded in death by: her parents, brothers, Louis and Orin and a nephew Anthony (Tony).

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 am Fri, Aug 6 at St Michaels Catholic Church in Keshena with the Rev David Barrett officiating.  Friends and relatives may call at the Clarence Tucker Jr residence at N143 Highway 47/55 in Keshena from 4 pm Wed until the procession leaves for the church on Fri.  A parish wake service will be held at 7:30 pm Thur.




11 Jan 2013

First traffic fatality of the years in county

By Leader Staff

One person is dead following an accident at the intersection of County Road B and Airport Road on Thur afternoon.

William Aderman, 69, of Shawano, was pronounced dead at the scene by Shawano County Coroner Mike Jesse.

The Shawano Police Department was notified of an accident involving a semi-truck and a pick-up truck at the intersection at 3:08 pm.

According to Lt Dan Mauel, Aderman was west-bound on County Road B and went through a stop sign at the intersection.  A northbound semi-truck driven by Jeffrey Krahn, 51, of Chilton, collided with Aderman’s vehicle.

Aderman’s vehicle ended up on the northwest corner of the intersection, while the semi stopped in the middle of the intersection.

Krahn was transported to Shawano Medical Center by the Shawano Police Department with a minor arm injury.  The semi-truck was owned by Dayton Freight lines out of Dayton, Ohio.   

The intersection was closed for about 2 hours while crews investigated the scene.

Shawano Sheriff’s Department, Shawano Area Fire Department, Shawano Ambulance and the Wisconsin State Patrol assisted at the scene.

It was the first fatal traffic accident of the year in Shawano County.



11 Jan 2013

William D Aderman, 69, of Shawano, passed away Thur, Jan 10, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.  Born on Mar 20, 1943 in Shawano, he was the son of the late Milton and Claire (Tatreau) Aderman.

After graduating from Shawano High School, Bill enlisted with the United States Marines to serve his country during the Vietnam War.  After service Bill returned to the Shawano area, where he owned and operated Aderman Carpentry.  On Sep 16, 1967, he was united in marriage to Patricia D’Agostino in Bonduel.  She preceded him in death on Feb 2, 1993.  Bill was a member of the United Methodist Church and enjoyed bowling and playing cribbage.

Bill is survived by 2 daughters, Tina Aderman of Shawano, Cindy (Mike) Sortino of Bonduel; 4 grandchildren, Brandi, Dalton, Maxwell, Blake; and 4 siblings, Merrill (Pat) Aderman of Marinette, Lorene Mahler of Milwaukee, Daniel (Kay) Aderman of Dallas, Texas, and Nancy Gunderson of Chicago.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia; his parents; a brother, Russell, and a brother-in-law, Bill Gunderson.

Funeral services will be held at 3 pm Sun, Jan 13, 2013, at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano with the Rev Loretta Waegli officiating.  Military rites will be conducted by the Shawano American Legion Post 117 at the funeral home following the service.  Burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home in Shawano on Sunday starting at 1 pm until the time of the service.


23 Dec 2010

Gillett man dies in house fire

By Cory Dellenbach, Leader Reporter


A Gillett man died in a house fire in the city of Gillett.

Tom Zippel, 49, died of soot and smoke inhalation, and burns, according to Oconto County medical examiner Al Klimek.

Zippel was the lone resident of the home.

Firefighters from both the city and town of Gillett responded to the blaze at 11:30 pm Tue and were on scene until 4:30 am Wed, according to fire chief Tom Wolfgram.

When firefighters arrived the front of the 2 story house just off of Highway 22 (McKenzie St) was fully engulfed in flames.

Because of the extent of the fire, it was impossible to immediately determine the fire’s origin, Wolfgram said, although it did not appear suspicious.

A neighbor across the street pounded on windows and attempted to enter the home before officials arrived, but when he opened the front door he was turned away by flames and heavy smoke.

Firefighters battled the blaze through consistently falling snow and attacked the fire from above with a ladder truck.

By the early morning hours, the charred front of the house was still smoking heavily as crew’s sprayed water on flames visible through a hole in the roof.  No other buildings were damaged in fire, including a nearby garage, but the house is a total loss.

The property is owned by Zippel, according to land records from Oconto County.

Shawano Leader

17 Sep 2016

Dick Zastrow

Dick Zastrow, age 78, of 2706 42nd St., Two Rivers, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016 as the result of an automobile accident.
Dick was born in Shawano, WI on Sept. 9, 1938 to the late Alvin and Eva (Mass) Zastrow. He was a 1956 graduate of Shawano High School, and served over 9 years with the U.S. Army Reserves. On Sept. 19, 1959, he married Rose Mary Haut at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Two Rivers. Dick was retired from Fisher Hamilton of Two Rivers after over 40 years of service.
Since Dick was a young man, he was known not only for his hunting, sporting clays, and fishing abilities, but also his genuine care and compassion for God's creatures. Knowing Dick meant that you likely would hunt with one of his English Setters, meet his red squirrel, pet raccoon, or any one of the many birds that he nursed back to health and released. Maybe you'd even see him driving down the road with a Cooper's Hawk perched on his daughter's arm, looking out the car window.
Dick also enjoyed gun stock checkering, creating beautiful custom wood gun stocks, and the art of fishing rod wrapping.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Mary; one daughter, Kristin of Two Rivers; his grandchildren, Katelyn (Christopher) Krug; the twins Ryan & Rachel Kluba; and one sister, Mick Schweers of Stevens Point. He is further survived by sisters-in-law, Betty (Danny) Hesselink of Clintonville, Patsy Haut and special nephew, Mark Haut of Shawano; Diana Eggert; Barb Haut; and his buddy and "grand dog", Jak. He is further survived by his other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Dick was also preceded in death by his brother, Sonny; a sister, Geneva Gast; brothers-in-law Roger and Jerry Haut, Bob Schweers and Marvin Gast.
Private family services were held for Dick on Friday, Sept. 16th. Rev. David Arndt officiated the service, with entombment in the Knollwood Chapel Mausoleum, Hwy. 310, Manitowoc.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting
Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 18th St. Two Rivers assisted the Zastrow family with funeral arrangements.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Lisa Steinhauer, nurse practitioner, for her compassion and care through Dick's battle with Emphysema and COPD; and Cory Kumbalek and Rich (Judy) Graff, who continued to visit, reminisce, and share stories through his illness. Special thanks also to Sue Yohanek, Tami Bohman, and Frederich Eichhorst who assisted immeasurably during this difficult time.