Dern, Anton H.
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Anton H. Dern, age 67, of 1151 Weeping Willow Drive, Wisconsin Rapids, WI died Thursday, November 21, 2013 at his residence.
Celebration of Life will be held at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids, WI on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 from 4:00-7:00 PM.
Anton was born December 7, 1945 in Neillsville, WI to Arthur and Ruth (Hubing) Dern. Anton's first wife, Cherylee Freiberg, preceded him in death in 1973. Anton then married Mary K. Pire on June 28, 1975 in Janesville, WI. Anton was an English teacher and American History teacher at Mead Elementary in Wisconsin Rapids, WI and then at West Junior High in Wisconsin Rapids where he taught English until his retirement in 2006.
Anton loved sports since he was a child, including baseball, basketball, bicycling and tennis. He was a member of Bob's Tennis Club. Anton also served as a coach at West Junior High, coaching tennis, basketball, golf and softball. He was a member of the Lincoln High School "chain gang" for varsity football games for many years. Anton also had a passion for cars since childhood including all types of cars. He was a member of the Model A Club and the Mustangers.
Anton is survived by his wife, Mary; two children, Anna (Bradford) Wanta of Tampa, FL and Benjamin Dern of Milwaukee, WI; one granddaughter, Avery Wanta; and one sister, Carla (Dean) Struble of Amherst, WI.
Anton was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers a memorial in Anton's name will be established at a later date.
RITCHAY FUNERAL HOME
1950 12TH ST SOUTH Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0847
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Nov. 25, 2013