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Rudolph A. Messar
Rudolph Rudy A. Messar, 93, of the Village of Wausaukee, passed away on Good Friday, April 18 at home after a short battle with cancer.
Born June 20, 1920, the sixth of eight children of Martin Sr. and Mary (Yersin) Messar, he lived on the family farm in the Town of Wausaukee and graduated from Wausaukee High School at the age of 16. He was inducted into the Army in February of 1942 and was medically discharged. On July 30, 1943, he married Mary Peeters and she preceded him in death in August of 1976 after 33 years of marriage and raising three sons. He owned and operated Messar-Orlando Grocery Store in Wausaukee with Felix Orlando for about 25 years and continued the partnership with Messar-Orlando, Inc., currently Ranger City Distributors. On June 9, 1980 he married the former Anne (Sjoholm) Hansen.
A member of the Wausaukee Volunteer Fire Department for 32 years, he served as Fire Chief for 25 years and helped advance the training of volunteers and upgrade the efficiency and equipment of the Department. He also served on the board of the Wausaukee Housing Authority for many years and as a member of St. Augustine Church, he served as an usher and was on the parish council. He was honored in 2013 as a 70 year member of the Polomis-Tahlier American Legion Post. He devoted thousands of hours to the Wausaukee Lions Club, serving on the board and in other capacities, including District Governor of 27-B2 from 1992-1993. In addition to community service, he enjoyed golfing, family gatherings for the annual deer season, the family farm and spending time with his sons and grandchildren. He easily made friends with conversation and was known for his sense of humor and home-spun sayings.
He is survived by his wife, Anne of 33 years; three sons, Marty (Sue), of Luck, Mike (Coral) and Dave (Georgi Kapalcznski), both of Wausaukee; two stepsons, Gary (Cathy) Hansen, of Pound and Karl (Linda) Hansen, of Stephenson, Mi.; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.
Visitation was held on Tuesday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Augustine Church in Wausaukee. Fr. Walter Stumpf officiated with burial in Evergreen Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home of Stephenson assisted the family with arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.