Arvid H. Schwichtenberg
Arvid H. Schwichtenberg, age 99 years, 11 months, and 2 weeks, died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, July 31, at Aspirus Hospital.
Arvid was born August 13, 1914, to Louis and Augusta Schwichtenberg on the family farm near Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. At age 18 he moved to Green Bay and began his retail career selling sporting goods to Curly Lambeau and Don Hutson as well as other early Packer players.
This began his lifelong passion for the Team. On February 21, 1941, he was inducted into the Army and was assigned to the 87th Signal Company in Tacoma, Washington. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge, returned home, and was finally discharged on November 6, 1945.
Arvid married Harriet Nixon on February 6, 1944. They were married 63 years until her death in 2007. Arvid and Harriet moved to Wausau in 1946. Together they created Pah-Low's Travel Goods, a fixture in Wausau retail for over 50 years. During those years he was an active and proud member of the Wausau Community and a longtime member of many social and service organizations including the Elks Club (65 years), the American Legion (60 years), Kiwanis and Golden K (60 years), Wausau Country Club and the Wausau Curling Club (originally playing on river ice). Immanuel Lutheran Church was a very important part of his life, joining that congregation Dec. 7, 1947.
Arvid was a real "homer" when it came to sports and didn't miss watching or listening to many Braves/Brewers, Badger, and, of course, Packer games. He purchased a unit at the Village Co-op in 2008--tiring of yard and house work at 95-- where he made many new friends and enjoyed an even more carefree lifestyle.
Arvid is survived by two daughters, Carol (Vince Svaldi) and Dona both now of Wausau, and by two granddaughters, Tamara Tinkham (Sam Dresser) and Liza Tinkham (Brad Aubrecht) both of the Minneapolis area. Arvid was "Grandpa the Great" to Brennen Aubrecht, Delaney Dresser, and James Dresser. His sister Grace Heidman of Algoma as well as many nieces and nephews also survive him.
Visitation will be at the Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St. from 4 to 6 pm on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. A celebration of a life well lived will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 630 Adams St., Wednesday, August 6, at 11 am.
Memorials can be made in Arvid's name to Wausau Curling Club, Immanuel Lutheran Church, or Aspirus Palliative Care Unit.
Special thanks go to the wonderful care he received in the Aspirus Palliative Care Unit. Everyone there was extremely dedicated, professional, and gentle.
Thank you very much.
Arvid was a compassionate, caring, and patient man. He was a very good business man and a real teacher in so many ways. He gave much to the Wausau Community, and we are all better for having known him.
Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center
522 Adams Street
Wausau, WI 54403
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Aug. 4 to Aug. 11, 2014