OCONTO FALLS

 

Arthur M. Gulbrandsen

 

May 31, 1924 - Jan. 10,  2013

 

 

Arthur M. Gulbrandsen, 88, Oconto Falls, formally of Pewaukee, found eternal rest Thursday, Jan. 10,  2013. 

 

He was beloved husband to Lillian (Girly Heinz) for 62 years.

 

Art has passed on to join his wonderful son, Robert (Bob) Arthur Gulbrandsen, in heaven.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Karen (David) Krause, and grandsons James, Thomas and Daniel of Hartland;  daughter-in-law, Barbara (OíNeill) Gulbrandsen of New London, and grandsons, Eric (Tara) Gulbrandsen of Omro, Jeffery (Becky) Gulbrandsen and their children, and Ryan (Cortney) Gulbrandsen of New London; great-grandchildren, Tristin, Kayla and Mason; brother, Robert (Rose) Gulbrandsen of Leesburg, Fla.; and brother-in-law, Art (Ruth) Heinz of Green Bay.

 

Art was also preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Olga (Cedarholm) Gulbrandsen; a sister, Joyce (Ron) Phannes; and in-laws, Adolf and Lena (Schultz) Heinz.

 

He was born May 31, 1924, in Chicago. At the age of 19, Art was inducted into the U.S. Army serving in World War II, stationed in Louisiana as military police guarding German prisoners of war and then a tank driver in the Philippines. Art was proud of his service to our country. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion and was past commander of the American Legion Post 71 in Pewaukee from 1974 to 1975.

 

On July 14, 1951, Art married Lill at St. Johnís Riverside Lutheran Church in Gillett.

 

If anyone knew paint, it was Art. He worked as a salesman for the Lowe Brothers, Pittsburg, Devoe, Esser, Mautz, Hoffer and Coronado paints, which moved his family to a few different towns. In 1960, he lived four blocks away from Lambeau Field, a Packers loverís dream. Lombardi was the king and Art was a season ticket holder. The next move was to Pewaukee Lake, where his hobbies were golf, fishing, having a beer and telling tall stories about the minnow and the muskie. Art loved to play Santa for the neighborhood families and could not resist getting dressed up as a woman for Halloween. At 6í2Ē and 260 pounds in a dress, he was quite a sight to behold.

 

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at St. Johnís Riverside Lutheran Church, 5686 Highway 32 S, Gillett. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with the Rev. Ricky R. Buhrke officiating. Burial will follow with military honors at St. Johnís Riverside Cemetery.

 

Thank you to Sharpe Care Nursing Home in Oconto Falls for being Artís home and extended family for the past six years.

 

Newcomer Funeral Home of Green Bay, 920-432-4841, is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave a message for the family, please visit www.NewcomerGreenBay.com.