THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Russell D. Alsteen
Issue Date: August 16, 2017
Russell Dean Alsteen, 79, passed away Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.
Born Sept. 13, 1937 in Lena, to Joseph and Eleanor (Casper) Alsteen, he served in the United States Navy from 1955 to 1959 and shortly after returning home, he married Sharon (LeFevre) Benedum.
He worked at Badger Breeders and then attended barber school in Green Bay and worked at various barber shops across Wisconsin. He owned and operated Russ's Barber Shop from the early 1970's until retiring in 2015.
An avid woodworker and builder, he built a log cabin on Kelly Lake and refurbished his family's 1908 log cabin. In August of 2002, he married Roberta (Mathey) Megow and they summered at the cabin on Kelly Lake and wintered with family and friends in Bradenton, Fla.
Active in the community for many years, he served on many city and community boards but was most passionate about veterans causes. He was active in the Navy Club of the U.S. where he was elected Wisconsin State Commandant and National Commandant in 2003. He was also a member of the American Legion-Lena Post.
He enjoyed hunting at "The Ranch", cards and wintering in Florida, but mostly loved time with his family. He would be seen driving his Ford tractor and even climbing ladders just days before his passing.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Roberta; three sons, Brian (Binky), Bart (Cathy) and Bradley; Roberta's three sons, Randall (Christine), Michael and Scott (Natalie); 12 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth (Dean), Joann and Beverly; a brother, Armond (Phyllis) and step-brothers and sisters, Renetta, Shirley (Vernon) and Donnie (Tammy).
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter Julie; a sister, Donna and a brother, Clayton.
Friends may call at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Lena on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Rev. Nonito Barra officiating. Burial with Veteran Honors will immediately follow at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Lena. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home of Lena is assisting the family with arrangements. Expressions of sympathy and donations can be made to the Fisher House (www.donate.fisherhouse.org) in his memory.