August H. ‘Augie’ Luhrsen

Oct. 22, 1917 - July 14, 2006

August H. "Augie" Luhrsen of Dousman died Friday, July 14, 2006, at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital in Oconomowoc at age 88. August was born in Abbotsford on Oct. 22, 1917, youngest son of August Luhrsen Sr. and Amanda Luhrsen.

He graduated from Carroll College in Waukesha. He was married to Dorothy "Dot" Gustine on March 7, 1942. They were married for 49 years. Augie married again to Katherine Simpson after Dorothy passed in 1990. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and retired as a lieutenant colonel. After his military service, he worked at Falk Corp. in Milwaukee as an accountant until his retirement in 1980.

The Masonic order was of particular importance to August: He was a 32 degree Wisconsin Scottish Rite mason; past master of Waukesha Lodge #37, F&AM; past master of the Glenn L. Humphrey Lodge #37, F&AM; a Tripoli Shrine member; and a member of the Dousman Chapter #257, Order of the Eastern Star.

He had resided at the Three Pillars Masonic Retirement Village since 1993.

An avid amateur photographer, bird watcher, and model train enthusiast, "Augie" will be missed by his two sons, Richard of Tucson, Ariz., and Scott of Los Angeles, and their wives, Charlene and Antonia. Additionally, August will be missed by his many friends and his extended family, including several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. Masonic and Christian memorial service Wednesday, July 19, at the Humphrey Room at the Masonic Village on the Square, 36225 Sunset Drive, Dousman.

The "Colonel," as his family liked to call him, will be interred at March Field Memorial Cemetery in Riverside, Calif., with full military honors. He will be interred next to his wife, Dorothy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Living Desert Museum, 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit