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George E. Czlapinski

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Czlapinski, George E.

George E. Czlapinski, age 85, formerly of the Town of Saratoga, passed away Monday August 14, 2017 at the Hilltop Grand Village in Wisconsin Rapids.

Funeral services for George will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday August 18, 2017 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. Rev. Jonathan Petzold will officiate the service. The family will greet relatives and friends on Thursday evening from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home in Nekoosa, WI and again on Friday at the church from 10:00 - 11:00 AM. Burial will take place at Pioneer Cemetery in the Town of Saratoga with military rites provided by the Nekoosa VFW Post 5960.

George was born February 1, 1932 in the Town of Saratoga to the late Martin and Myrtle (Westover) Czlapinski. He married Jean E. Amundson on January 23, 1954 in Wisconsin Rapids. He owned and operated his own auto body repair business, George's Auto Body. George's love of automobiles and talent in repairs and painting continued throughout his life. In 1967 he began his employment at Georgia Pacific (Nekoosa Papers) and retired in 1991 as a store room clerk. George served his country during the Korean War as a mechanic in the motor pool working on the heavy equipment. He was especially moved by a letter written by a Nekoosa grade school class thanking him for his service in the Army.

George was an accomplished bowler, earning trophies and badges in both men's and couple's leagues. George's Auto Body was the bowling team sponsor. He was an avid stock car racing fan and spent many hours working with other enthusiasts to race locally, providing body work, paint jobs and engine tuning. He was able to attend NASCAR races in Wisconsin, Illinois, Nevada and Arizona. He continued to share his talents by restoring vintage and salvaged vehicles. His proudest restorations were the vintage vehicles he restored for each of his daughters. Many of his vehicles were showcased in parades in Nekoosa and Pittsville. He also enjoyed puzzles, baking, playing cribbage, sheepshead, canasta, and many other board games with family and friends. He was generous with his time and talents and shared without hesitation.

George loved his wife and children and especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always said he had the best children and sons-in-law a man could wish for and experienced much joy with their accomplishments and contributions.

George is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Jean, children Margie (Donald) LaBarge of Wisconsin Rapids, Julie (Richard) Millard of Nekoosa and Susan (Ronald) Bushman of Rhinelander; 11 grandchildren Nicole LaBarge of Wellington, NZ, Kristin LaBarge of Wisconsin Rapids, Stephany Andres of Wisconsin Rapids, Hillary Freiberg of Arizona, Amy Fisher of Idaho, Ashley Tillery of Edgerton, WI, Nathan Voit of Wisconsin Rapids, Jesse Voit of Wisconsin Rapids, Erin Czlapinski of Birchwood, WI, Joshua Czlapinski of Arkansas and Seth Czlapinski of Arkansas; 13 great-grandchildren; brothers Larry (Shirley) Czlapinski of Plainfield, Phillip (Carol) Czlapinski of Plainfield, Fred (Linda) Czlapinski of Mesa, AZ and special brother-in-law Leland (Sherrie) Amundson of Wisconsin Rapids.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son Robert Czlapinski, brothers Clayton and Richard Czlapinski and sister Eleanor Phillips.

The family wants to thank the Wisconsin Rapids Veterans Clinic, Marshfield Clinic, Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield and Banner Heart Hospital in Mesa, AZ for their excellent care over the years. Dad very much appreciated the special care received from his wife, the healing environment and special prayers of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother and the care and kindness shown by the Hilltop Grand Village staff. Dad was blessed with many special and talented people throughout his life.

The family thanks Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home in Nekoosa, Wisconsin for assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Aug. 16, 2017
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