Arvin Sawlsville

Arvin A. Sawlsville

Arvin was born August 14th 1942, the son of the late Percy and Elizabeth (Duir) Sawlsville, in Wausau, WI. He grew up in Mosinee, where he graduated from Mosinee High School, playing tuba in the marching band. He enlisted in the Marines in August 1961 and served his country until his honorable discharge in July 1963. On August 14th 1965, he was united in marriage to Dianne Kay Klug. The couple shared 48 years, raising their two daughters, making memories, and enjoying life together. For 19 years, Arvin worked as a turret lathe operator at Marathon Electric.

Family and friends were of the utmost importance to Arvin. He and Dianne were always up for a good game of cards and would regularly play with friends during the weekends. He was also an avid Packer fan. Throughout the neighborhood, he was known for helping kids fix their cars and could be found tinkering in his garage. Arvin was an avid collector of anything that had to do with hippopotamuses. When he was able, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

On Wednesday, February 12th, Arvin Alfred Sawlsville passed away, after a 30 year battle with multiple sclerosis, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Arvin will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Dianne, Wausau; two daughters, Teri (Michael Gajewski) Sawlsville, Wausau, and Rebecca "Becki" (Greg Tryba) Sawlsville, Schofield; granddaughter, Victoria Sawlsville; two sisters, Charlene Lukasavage, Stevens Point, and Illona (Jerry) Minett, Portage; sister-in-law, Karen (Don) Radloff, Merrill; brother-in-law, Ken (Judy) Klug, Mosinee; many nieces and nephews; and numerous other family and friends.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Virginia Kostecki and Vera Ashbeck; brother-in-law, Albert Lukasavage; and nephew Ricki Dain.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 18th, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau. Reverend Gary Schultz will officiate. Entombment will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park, with full military honors provided by the V.F.W. Burns Post #388. Family will receive guests on Monday, February 17th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau; and again on Tuesday, at church, from 10 a.m. until the time of service. You may sign our family guestbook at

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

The family would like to thank the Palliative Care Unit and Hospice staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for their outstanding care provided to Arvin. They would also like to thank John Kosmatka, Arvin's childhood friend, for the countless visits throughout the years.


Funeral Home

Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Service
302 Spruce St Wausau, WI 54401
(715) 842-3993

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17, 2014