Harvey Luetschwager, 83, passed away Saturday May 12, 2012 at his home, surrounded by a few close family members.
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Harvey was born November 10, 1928 to the late Harvey & Pearl (Helke) Luetschwager. He was born and raised on a farm in the town of Wausau. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1947 and was drafted and served in the army during the Korean War. After the war Harvey worked for Wausau Iron Works. He then retired from Wis. River Supply. Harvey married Grace (Kuehl/Butler/Schneider) on April 19, 1997 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Wausau. She survives.
Harvey enjoyed the great outdoors, he had a "40" acre parcel of land that he enjoyed going to where he planted thousands of assorted small trees by hand. As all that were involved remember the roots had to be trimmed just right and the rows had to be straight! He also enjoyed hunting and Canadian fishing trips. He found much enjoyment working with and playing games with his step grandson Alex while watching him grow in to a fine upstanding young man, always there for all awards, achievements and accomplishments.
Harvey was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife Annette and a brother-in-law Jerry Thiele.
Survivors include his wife Grace, stepdaughter Kristine (Joe) Mohr of Merrill, stepsons Mitchell (Renae) Butler of South Dakota, Douglas (Jeanne) Butler of Missouri, step grandchildren Katrina and Sean Baumann, Alex Mohr, Michael and Mark Butler also his children, Mark (Jeanne) Luetschwager of St. Point, Bambi (Richard) Grajek - Specter of Milwaukee. Grandchildren; Casey Grajek, Bradley and Emily Luetschwager. Further survived by Brother; James (Lorraine) Luetschwager, Athens WI. Sisters; Marlyce (Jerome) Lillie Mosinee , Nancy Thiele Rothschild and many nieces & nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 17, 2012 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wausau. The Rev. Nancy Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Friends may call on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau and again on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. There will be a church prayer service at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Sixth Street funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com
A very special thank you to all of his care givers especially Jessica for all the wonderful loving care given to him in his final hours, and also Ministry home hospice care!
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on May 15, 2012