Brian J. Cauwels, 66
J. Cauwels, 66, of West Bend, best known for his catch
phrase “absolutely superb,” passed away on Monday, Sept.
17, 2012, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.
He was born on Dec. 13, 1945, in Luverne, Minn., to the
late John and Violet (nee Lange) Cauwels. Brian attended
a one-room elementary school near Luverne; and later
attended junior high and his freshman year of high
school in Magnolia, Minn. His family then moved to
Verdi, Minn., where he graduated from high school.
Following high school, Brian served in the United States
Air Force and eventually lived in California for several
years following his time in the service.
In the late 1970s, Brian moved to West Bend and began
working at the West Bend Company. During that time he
also began working for his long-time friend, Mark Jug,
at MJ Stevens as a bartender. Brian retired from the
West Bend Company in the late 1990s and began working as
a delivery service representative for Finishmaster in
West Bend. He loved the Green Bay Packers, camping and
He is survived by his five children, Craig Hammann of
West Bend, Chris (Irina) Cauwels of Sussex, Cory (Beth)
Cauwels of Woodbury, Minn., Dustin (Sarah) Cauwels of
Slinger, and Tristin (Glen) Erickson of Racine; seven
grandchildren, Andrea, Kelly, Elaina, Maxwell, Gabriel,
Helen, and Jacob; seven brothers and sisters, Karen
Belisle of Finlayson, Minn., Lawrence Cauwels of
Worthington, Minn., Marilyn (John R.) Swanson of Coal
Valley, Ill., Charles (Geri) Cauwels of West Bend,
Cecelia (Marlo) Williams of Russell, Minn., Michael (Arlys)
Cauwels of Hawarden, Iowa, and Luanne (Marvin) Bebensee
of Brookings, S.D. He is further survived by his close
friends, Mark Jug and Manny Tamayo; as well as many
other relatives and friends.
Brain was preceded in death by his parents; his brother,
Raymond; and his infant brother, Thomas.
Funeral services in remembrance of Brian will be held on
Thursday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Myrhum ~ Patten
Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend.
Visitation will be Thursday at the funeral home from 4
p.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place
on Friday at 10 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park.
Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service of West Bend
is assisting the family. Online guestbook and
condolences may be found at
The family would like to extend a special thank you to
Kavita Sharma and the other palliative care physicians
as well as the MRICU staff at St. Luke’s Hospital for
all of the care and support that was given to Brian.