Obituary for Glen J. Landwehr

Glen J. Landwehr, 89, Town of Bergen, passed away on November 7, 2018 at his home.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Ebenezer United Church of Christ, Town of Cleveland, Marathon County with Reverend Doris Ruben officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. A visitation will be held from 10:00 am until service time on Tuesday at the church. Sauter/Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Glen John Landwehr was born December 5, 1928 to Art and Louise (Weisman) Landwehr. He was raised on the family farm east of Stratford, WI. He attended the Sunshine School through eighth grade and then worked on the farm till he was 16. He worked in Indiana as a welder and then moved back home and worked in The Wausau Foundry for one year to save enough money to buy a 1950 Chevy.

He farmed on Balsam Road and then married Beverly Newman on September 26, 1953. Together, they had Jeff and Peggy. Bev died on July 22, 1961, leaving him with two small children and a farm to run. He later met Virginia Potocnik and they married on June 9, 1962. She had two children; Clarence and Kathy. Glen and Virginia had Sara, Lisa and Paul together, making one big, blended family.

He started his carpenter business in the basement of the farm house, building his own power hacksaw, jointer, band saw and rip saw. He continued to farm and do carpenter jobs till 1980 when he and Virginia purchased 86 acres of land at 142661 Co Rd C where he lived until his death. He prided himself that he built his own sawmill, sawed his own lumber and built his shop and house from “log to house.” There was not one thing he hired done – including two fireplaces, plumbing and electric. He did custom sawing, cabinet and furniture building and remodeling the rest of his life. Each of his kids had work done on their homes, furniture built and handmade gifts every year for Christmas.

Glen and Virginia enjoyed 44 years together, spending winters in Florida and Texas and a trip to Europe, Alaska, many national parks and a cruise to the Caribbean before she died on January 1, 2006.

He met Sue in 2008 while remodeling her kitchen cabinets. Their mutual love of dancing and traveling led to their marriage in 2010. They wintered in Texas and toured 38 national parks during the 10 wonderful years they spent together.

Although Glen was a hard worker he also knew how to play. He loved horseshoes, dartball, bean bags, hunting and fishing trips, board games and snowmobiling. One of his most creative projects was a motor home he built from a hearse in which he and his family traveled all over the US. It was a great conversation piece at campgrounds!

He was very active in his church, giving generously of his time and talents. He served on church counsel, ushered, did maintenance and building projects, lawn mowing, visited shut-ins and played harmonica for special music.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Vick, six children; Jeff (Jeananne) Landwehr, son-in-law Gary Hauke, Clarence Jackson (Judy), Peggy Busche (Dan), Sara Landwehr-Koss (Dave), Lisa Schwarze, Paul (Sandy), step-daughters Jennifer Bistline (Mike), Junalee Vick and stepson Jon Vick, and sister-in-law Dorothy Landwehr. He is further survived by 23 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents Art and Louise Landwehr, brothers Ernest, Kenneth and Orville, sister Arlene, a daughter Kathy Hawke, and granddaughters Lindsey Hauke and Shannon Kramer.

He has touched so many lives and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be designated to charities at a later date.