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John A. Lenz

December 3, 1943 ~ December 2, 2018 (age 74)

John A. Lenz, 74, Wausau, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

John was born on December 3, 1943 in Wausau to the late Walter and Rosalie Jean (Kickbusch) Lenz. He graduated from Wausau Sr. High in 1962 and went on to Ripon College, graduating in 1966. On April 30, 1977, John married Cheryl Kay Borchardt at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Schofield.

For several years John was a Director at WSAW-TV, Channel 7, Wausau. He went on to sell light fixtures for the former Day Electric for a year, and then found a home at the Foto News in Merrill, where he worked in several areas. He even wrote his own column.

John was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Wausau; where he served a term as a Deacon. He was a founding member of the RS&W Model Train Club in Rothschild. Beside his interest in trains, he enjoyed fishing, reading, old movies, and documentaries on TV.

Survivors include his wife Cheryl, Colby; sisters, Rosalie Jean Mosher, Wausau, Laura Lenz, Wausau, and Janet Dieck, Weston; his niece, Jessica Mosher and his nephew, Clinton Dieck.

Beside his parents, John was preceded in death by his mother and father-in-law, Hubert “Hip” and Loretta Borchardt.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau. Visitation will take place 11:00 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Pine Grove Cemetery. You may sign the family guestbook at


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