THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Larry J. Pansch
Issue Date: April 24, 2014
Larry J. Pansch, 69, of Wausaukee, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 20 at his home from Alzheimer 's with family by his side.
Born Dec. 8, 1944 in Green Bay, to Albert Pansch and Mabel (Vickman) Pansch, the family moved to Seymour where his father had a blacksmith shop. His father passed away when he was 13. He then moved with his mother and sister to Geneva, Oh., where he graduated from Geneva High School in1963.
He had fond memories of his teenage years in Geneva, especially working at Madsen Donuts at Geneva on the Lake and the drag races he competed in at Thompson Raceway. In 1965 he returned to Wisconsin to visit relatives and decided to stay. He worked at the former Mikes Resort in Porterfield where he met his future wife, Pamela and they were married at St. Anthony 's Church in Marinette on Oct. 3, 1970. He drove truck for Loren Meyers Logging and then for Delaet Enterprises of Wausaukee.
He raced stock car at the Escanaba and Norway Raceways, enjoyed watching NASCAR races, looked forward to the opening stock car season where he attended races in Seymour and Shawano, liked Farmall tractors and spent many days in his garage listening to country music while restoring old tractors. A rummage sale enthusiast, he would spend Saturdays adding to his many collections. An avid outdoorsman, his most memorable hunting excursions were his five trips to Alaska and his several trips to Montana and Colorado. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing in Amberg.
He is survived by his wife, the former, Pamela Belland; a son, Gary at home; three daughters, Wendy Stuart, of Peshtigo, Lori Pansch, of Green Bay and Terri (Nate) Reed, of Crystal Falls, Mi.; two sisters, Linda (Harold) Servia, of Green Bay and Shirley (Neil) Smith, of Bellingham, Wa.; four grandchildren and a niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in laws, Robert and Dorothy Belland and a favorite uncle, Herman Pansch.
Family and friends may call at Stephenson United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 24 after 10 a.m. until time of a funeral service at noon. Rev. Jim Mathews will officiate. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, Mi., is assisting the family with arrangements. Donations can be made in his name to the Stephenson United Methodist Church.