Obituaries

Fri
15
Sep

Wayne B. Protzmann

March 15, 1925 ~ Sept. 14, 2017

Loving husband of Arlene, loving father of Denise, Keith and Carter (Sharon), loving grandfather and great-grandfather, and loving many others.

No services. Private interment.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

swedbergfuneralhome.com

Thu
14
Sep

Wayne J. Higgins Jr.

Wayne J. Higgins Jr., 67, of Gresham, passed away peacefully on Monday evening, Sept. 11, 2017, in Green Bay, following a lengthy illness.

Wayne was born on Feb. 11, 1950, in Browning, Montana, a son of the late Wayne Sr. and Ursala (Walters) Higgins. He attended Browning schools, graduating from Browning High School in 1968. Following school, he entered the United States Army, serving one tour in Vietnam.

Upon returning from the service, Wayne entered the Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Academy. He became a supervisor of the tribal police department investigators for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior, where his jurisdiction included Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa.

Thu
14
Sep

Eugene J. Rusch

Eugene James Rusch, 78, of Cecil, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Shawano.

Eugene was born on July 15, 1939, the son of the late Clarence and Agnes (Radtke) Rusch. He was baptized on Aug. 17, 1939, at St. James Lutheran Church and confirmed on March 29, 1953.

On Oct. 20, 1962, Eugene was united in marriage to Bonnie Ann Drath at Zion Lutheran Church in Manawa. He worked at Badger Breeders before purchasing a farm in Cecil in 1969. Farming was his life and he enjoyed the work that it entailed. When not farming, Eugene enjoyed polka dancing with his wife, reading westerns, and bowling with his family and friends. He was an avid Cubs fan, the president of the Sunday night couples league at Lakeshore Lanes and a member of St. Paul School Board.

Thu
14
Sep

James B. Brisk Sr.

James B. Brisk Sr., 75, of Crandon, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at his residence.

James was born on Nov. 10, 1941, in Keshena, the son of James and Alma (Steffans) Brisk. He was united in marriage on June 13, 1963, to Patricia Sanapaw. She preceded him in death on March 17, 2003.

Surviving James are his daughter, Lucy Chezalier, Crandon; son, James (special friend, Jessica) Brisk, Michigan; grandchildren, Monty (Charlee), Patricia (Richard), Dalen and James; great-grandchildren, Kyla, Joseph, Cohen, Dillon, Gabriella, Richard Jr., Monty III, Kendrick, Cree, Desmond, Jordan and Sage; sisters, Delia(Dolly) (Verron) Kohel, Keshena, Lydia M. Rembalski, Oneida, Renee House, Milwaukee, Kathy House, Milwaukee, and Estelle (Wayne) Silas, Green Bay; brothers, Norris (Gail) House, Milwaukee, Forrest House, Milwaukee, Kevin House, Neopit, and Warren Steffes, Las Vegas.

Wed
13
Sep

Rev. Mark C. Kopp

The Rev. Mark Conley Kopp, 56, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Shawano.

Mark was born on May 28, 1961, in Rhinelander to the late John “Bud” L. and Margaret (Conley) Kopp. On Sept. 30, 1989, Mark was united in marriage to Beverly Diestler in Wausau.

Mark enjoyed anything computer and technology related and loved animals, especially his dog Mason. He and his wife, Beverly, had 12 years of special needs adoption training. Mark had a passion for music and loved playing the guitar and recorded three praise and worship CDs. He was a laid-back, generous man who never complained, which served him well as the senior pastor and president of Freedom by the Word Church.

Wed
13
Sep

Roland Block

Roland “Turk” Block, 91, of Tigerton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at the Homme Home of Wittenberg.

Roland Walter Block was born on May 7, 1926, in Tigerton to Hugo and Madeline Block. He entered the U.S. Navy and served during World War II.

Turk was united in marriage on June 2, 1973, to Clarice M. Hansen-Anderson at Zion Lutheran Church, Tigerton. The couple made their home in Tigerton for many years. Turk worked as a green inspector/lumber handler at Tigerton Lumber Mill for over 40 years. In his early days, he liked fishing, bowling, and playing softball in the Tigerton area. Turk was always an avid fan and supporter of Tigerton Baseball. He especially enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and sharing a cold Bud Light with friends.

Wed
13
Sep

Brian E. Bishop

Brian Bishop, 38, of Bonduel, passed away on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Brian was born on March 16, 1979, in Green Bay to Charles “Chuck” and Sharon (Kaedden) Bishop Jr. He attended Sacred Heart School in Shawano and graduated from Bonduel High School in 1997.

Brian loved sports. He played basketball in high school and was a fan of the Badgers, Brewers and Packers. He also enjoyed playing in volleyball and dart leagues in the area with his friends.
Halloween was always Brian’s favorite holiday, and he enjoyed coming up with creative costumes along with friends. He also loved to play Santa for his nieces and nephew at Christmas.

Brian’s family and friends were very important to him. He was loved by many and will be sadly missed.

Wed
13
Sep

Jen Gauthier

(Janina) Joan “Jen” Gauthier, 104, of Oconto Falls, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, Sept. 9, 2017. The sixth-oldest of 10 children and twin sister of Lottie was born May 24, 1913, to John and Anna (Mioduszewski) Pawlak in Milwaukee.

Because her family called her Nina as a little girl, a neighbor asked why not just call her Jen since the age of 4 years. Jen grew up in Milwaukee where she attended St. Josaphat’s Basilica School until the eighth grade, when she had to help at home to care for the rest of the family so her mother could work out of the house. As a young woman, she moved with family members to “Swedetown” in Oconto County so they could get out of the big city and live near family and friends.

Wed
13
Sep

Ron Anderson

Ron Anderson, 74, of Tucson, Arizona, died Sept. 10, 2017, after a long battle with ALS and Parkinson’s disease.

He is survived by his wife, Greta (Knope); daughter, Melissa (husband, JJ, and their son, Seth); and son, Erik (wife, Miquela, and their daughter, Charlotte).

Before his illness Ron was CFO for the Jim Click automotive team for 22 years. Ron was born in Chicago, graduated from the University of Iowa and spent four years in the Air Force. He was an avid golfer and loved anything to do with racing. Racing his kart with friends at Musselmann Honda Circuit was one of Ron’s favorite activities.

Ron was known for his integrity and honesty, and will be missed by all who were privileged to know him.

A memorial service will be held at Adair Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Ave., Oro Valley, Arizona, Saturday, Sept. 16, at 2:30 p.m.

Wed
13
Sep

Eldora H. Krueger

Eldora H. Krueger, 92, of Marion, passed away Sunday morning, Sept. 10, 2017, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano surrounded by her family.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Marion, is assisting her family.

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