THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Rufus R. Vorpahl
Issue Date: April 25, 2019
Rufus R. Vorpahl, 95, of Hobart, formerly of Oconto Falls, passed away Easter morning, Sunday, April 21, 2019 at Emerald Bay Retirement Community.
Born July 27, 1923 on the family farm in the Town of Underhill, to Edmund and Elizabeth (Runge) Vorpahl, he grew up there and attended a small country school. He served in the United States Army during World War II and was stationed in Europe during major military campaigns in five countries. As part of a camouflage team in battle, he was in action during the Invasion of Normandy, Ardennes Battle of the Bulge, Omaha Beach and the Occupation of Germany. Upon an honorable discharge, he returned to Oconto County.
On Sept. 22, 1945, he married Irene "Lolly" Milhans at St. John's Catholic Church in Gillett. In 1956, they moved to Oconto Falls where he worked at Scott Paper Company until retiring in 1984.
They enjoyed traveling, going out to dinner and sharing good times with family and friends. A longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls, he will be remembered for the enjoyment he gave many while playing his harmonica.
Survivors include three children, Wayne R. (Kathy) Vorpahl, Green Bay, Dawn Tietyen, Denmark and Barbara Gretzinger (Jeff Fritz), Howard; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a brother, Elden (Rose) Vorpahl, Appleton; two sisters, Gloria (Bert) Fitzhugh, Ak. and Sue Vigue, Mishicot and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Irene "Lolly" three brothers Les, Donald "Eddie" and Ray Vorpahl and four sisters, Ruth Vorpahl, Edna Kallies, Frieda Reed and Betty Kitzman.
Visitation will be held at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls from 2 p.m. to. 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 28. Visitation will continue at Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls on Monday, April 29 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 11 a.m. Pastor Gary R. Olson will officiate, followed by burial with Military Honors in St. Anthony Cemetery in Oconto Falls.