Edward Fenhaus, 87, passed away at his home on Saturday, December 29, 2018.
He was born on December 21, 1931 in Marathon, to the late Conrad and Selma (Bartelt) Fenhaus. He met, fell in love with and married the love of his life, Louann Worden, on November 27, 1953. After devoting his life to Louann and caring for her through her battle with Alzheimer’s, she preceded him in death on December 2, 2014.
Ed served honorably in the United States Army from 1951-1953. He was a proud Veteran of the Korean War and was honored to have participated in the Honor Flight. He will receive Military Funeral Rites from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Burns Post 388.
Ed was a hard worker. He grew up and worked on the family farm and was also a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. He was very active in the local government serving as the Clerk for the Town of Wausau and a Supervisor for Marathon County. He was proud to have served several terms on Chairman of the Marathon County Board.
Ed was very active in the community. He was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church and was a member of the VFW, Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge, and Easton-Hewitt-Wausau Lions Club. He was also a Director on both the Wisconsin Valley Fair Board and the State Fair Board.
Most important to Ed was his family, friends, and enjoying the life he’d been given. Whether it was traveling with his cousins and aunts, going up north with Louann to the cabin, or spending time with his kids and grandkids, Ed was having fun. His laughter, his smile, and his bad dancing will be missed.
Ed is survived by his children, Ron (Nancy) Fenhaus, Pamela (Ron) Hoppe, Lisa (Scott) Fenhaus-Johnson and Mark Fenhaus (Laurie Ippolito); daughter-in-law, Gloria Fenhaus; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brother Fred (Sally) Fenhaus; sisters, Karen (Cliff) Prigge and Kathy (Mike) Bartelt; as well as his sister-in-law’s, Verda Bliese, Pat Mallon, Mary Coleman, and Sandy Townshend.
In addition to his wife and parents, Ed was preceded in death by his son Gary.
A memorial service will take place at 11:30 am on Thursday, January 3, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church, 701 N 6th Street. Rev. Dr. Steven Gjerde will officiate. Visitation will take place from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church. Burial and military honors will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park. Please sign the family guestbook at helke.com
The family prefers memorials are directed to Zion Lutheran Church.