FOND DU LAC/ PUNTA GORDA, FLA.
Gary E. Wehner
Jan. 23, 1942 — Feb. 19, 2015
Gary E. Wehner, of Fond du Lac, and Punta Gorda, Fla., left this earth to be with our Lord in heaven on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at the age of 73 years. He was born on January 23, 1942, in Fond du Lac, the son of Aloy and Beatrice (Gross) Wehner.
Since he was young, Gary loved the Lord and lived his faith. Gary proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was stationed on the USS Lake Champlain and was present on the aircraft carrier when it picked up astronaut Alan Shepard from the Atlantic.
He started working for UPS in 1965 as a driver in the Fond du Lac operating center. After one year, Gary began moving up the ranks of UPS management. He was a “one-of-a-kind” boss who always demonstrated exceptional people skills. His unique leadership and motivational approach enabled his staff to achieve levels that they might otherwise not accomplish while having fun doing it.
After over 32 years with UPS, Gary retired. In his retirement, Gary and his wife, Sue, moved to Tomahawk. Ten years later, they decided to relocate and bought their lake home in Fond du Lac. Throughout those years, they always enjoyed wintering in Florida and made many friends during their time there. Gary loved boating, fishing, golfing, hunting, cooking, grilling and any opportunity to be on the water. He enjoyed their regular trips to the casino and traveling in their RV. Of all of these things, Gary was most happy when he could spend time with his family and friends. He greeted everyone who entered his home with a joyful shout. He had a great sense of humor, took a genuine interest in others and knew how to bring out the best in everyone. Gary will be remembered for his loving, kind and generous spirit. His grandkids, nieces and nephews will always remember him as the M&M grandpa and uncle.
Gary will be deeply missed by his wife, Sue, of 20 years; his children, Craig of Oshkosh, Teri (Joe) Antonneau of Oshkosh, Gary (Beth) of Port Washington and Cass (Alice) of Menasha; his grandchildren, Emily (Jake), Elizabeth, Max, Mary, Jacob, Zach, Madelyn, Miles, Quinn and Audrey; his sister, Gail (Jerry) Wagner of Fond du Lac; and his brother, Richard (Mary) of Fond du Lac. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
The visitation for Gary will be held on Saturday, February 28, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 225 S. Hartwell Ave., Waukesha. The Rev. Howard Haase will officiate. Burial will immediately follow at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha.
In lieu of flowers, Masses in Gary’s name are appreciated or memorials are appreciated to St. Mary’s Springs Academy, 114 Amory St., Fond du Lac, WI 54935; or the American Diabetes Association, 375 Bishop’s Way Suite 220, Brookfield, WI 53005.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, the online obituary or to leave a card of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.
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