Laverne George Putz, 101, of Arcadia died on December 10, 2022, at Grandview Care Center. He was born on August 21, 1921 in Waumandee to Herman Sr. and Carolina (Kuhlmann) Putz.
Laverne was 1 of 9 children who grew up on the family farm on the Canada Ridge in rural Fountain City, WI. He attended Schoepp Valley School until the 8th grade. On October 24, 1946, he married Orphie Lavina Koehler at St. Michaels Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fountain City, WI. Laverne and Orphie traveled often. Sometimes getting lost and sometimes arriving at tractor shows. Laverne worked at Herff Jones in Lewiston for many years until retiring and moving to Arcadia to be closer to his family.
Laverne was a member of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Arcadia and the Builders for Christ group. Laverne helped build the church in Arcadia and was awarded the Go-fer Award for all of his time spent building the church.
He enjoyed putting puzzles together, steam engines, woodworking, and crafting hot pads. In his younger years he loved 4-wheeling with his family at Black River State Forest. Laverne was a very social man who loved having his 3:30 p.m. beer with the boys at the Care Center. He made sure that he had regular deliveries of Pepsi and Twinkies!
Laverne will be deeply missed by his children, Dennis Putz, Nancy (Russell) Schmidt, Lucille Patterson, Gary (Mary Rose) Putz, Dean (Bonnie) Putz; grandchildren, Jonathan (Carrie) Brown- Schmidt, Melissa (Jason) Luebke, Andrew (Mara) Schmidt, Troy (Kellie) Patterson, Cory (Amy) Putz, Kristina (Travis) Wenzlaff, Craig (Kami) Putz, Jacob (Jessica) Putz, Nathaniel (Samatha) Putz; and 21 wonderful great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Orphie; grandson, Carl Putz; step-grandson Eric Pronschinske; and all his siblings, Johnny, Harry Sr., Raymond, Elmer, Wilmer, Herman, Elsie, and Esther.
The funeral will be on Saturday, December 17, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Bethel Lutheran Church in Arcadia, WI. The visitation will begin prior to the funeral service starting at 9:30 a.m.