Irven "Irv" Thomascheske

Irven "Irv" Thomascheske, 79, of Columbus, formerly of Lowell and Reeseville, died on Sunday, July 30, 2006 at the Columbus Community Hospital.

He was born Aug. 13, 1926 in Token Creek, to Henry and Alice (VanHierden) Thomascheske, and on Oct. 25, 1947 he was united in marriage with Eleanor Callaway in Iowa.

Irv served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean Con-flict.

He was an active member of the Lowell VFW Post 9392, serving as past post commander and other positions such as the honor guard and the firing squad.

He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed polka music, camping and loved woodworking.

Irv farmed in the Lowell area for several years and then worked at the Waterloo Cheese factory. He worked at Wendt’s of Lowell for many years as a mechanic and retired from Menasha Corp. of Watertown in 1989.

Irv was a longtime member of the Lowell United Methodist Church.

His family remembers him as a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather and great- grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Eleanor; his son, Clarence (Rosemary) Thoma-scheske of Watertown; four daughters, Yvonne (Jim) Durney of Columbus, Nancy (Gary) Jaecks of Wausau, Linda (Gary) Schilling of Campbellsport and Sandy (Orville) Rudey of Lake Mills; 14 grandchildren; 18 great- grandchildren; a brother, Joe Thomascheske of Waukesha; four sisters, Violet (Earl) Schultz of Columbus, Lucy Haberman of Sun Prairie, Mary Allen of Oconomowoc and Alice (Bill) Benninger of Watertown; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Irv was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Brian Thomascheske; three brothers, Willard, Clarence and Mike; a sister, Mabel Weisensel; and an infant great-granddaughter.

The funeral service will be on Thursday, Aug. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Murray Funeral Homem 214 S. main St., Reeseville, with Rev. Rebecca Henry officiating.

Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Columbus, with military graveside services conducted by the Lowell VFW Post 9392.

Friends may call at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 until 8 p.m. and again on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorials of one’s choice are suggested.