Erwin A. Fenner, age 85, of Larsen, died Friday, September 16, 2011, at St Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. He was born May 24, 1926, in Winchester, Wisconsin, the son of the late Helen (Otto) and Louie Fenner Sr. Erwin served his country in World War II from March 13, 1945 to January 2, 1947. On April 3, 1948, Erwin married Dorla Drews at Grace Lutheran Church, Winchester. Together they enjoyed square dancing with the Timber Toppers Square Dance Club for many years as well as polka dancing. Dorla preceded him in death on November 26, 2007. Erwin worked for Menasha Corp for 38 years, before retiring on October 31, 1983. He was also a member of the International Pulp and Sulfide Union. Erwin was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Winchester, the Weyauwega Lake Conservation Club and was a former member of the Medina Dale Readfield Lions Club. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, woodworking, bird watching, and spending time at his hunting shack with the guys. Erwin and his family spent many vacations at Plum Lake, Sayner, and he loved spending time with his grandchildren, and took great pride in the individuals they have become. Erwin also enjoyed playing sheepshead, and going to Zittau for a hamburger and visiting with the Drews’ at Slim and MaryAnn’s Tavern. Erwin was an avid outdoor artist and woodworker. Erwin is survived by four children, Karen (Steve) Palmer , Shawano; Jerry (Karen) Fenner, North Dakota; Debbie(Brian)Palmer, Appleton; and Lori (Lyle) Olson, Waupaca; five grandchildren, Annie and Andrew Fenner-Koepp, Kaitlin, Brandon and Brian Palmer, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Louis Fenner, Jr. and Albert Fenner, a granddaughter, Christina Fenner-Koepp; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lester “Slim” and MaryAnn Drews. His wit and humor will be missed by all he touched. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Grace Lutheran Church, 8396 Steeple Hill Dr., Larsen. Pastor Dan Luett will officiate. Burial with full military rites will be in Lakeview Memorial Park in Oshkosh. Visitation was held on Wednesday at the church from 9:00 AM until the time of service. A memorial fund has been established.
Erwin’s family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at Kilkenny Cottage in Neenah, especially Julie, who Erwin thought of as a member of his family. Their loving care and compassion was deeply appreciated.
Lewin Funeral Home, 210 Main St., Fremont, WI 54940 (920)-446-2288 www.lewinfuneralhome.com