Willard F. Alswager
Willard F. Alswager, 99, father of a Stevens Point woman,
died Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23,
at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peshtigo, with Pastor David Murphy
officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo.
Visitation will be at the church from 1:30 p.m. Saturday until
Donation may be sent to the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King
or a local hospice care facility.
Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home in Peshtigo assisted with
Mr. Alswager was born Oct. 7, 1916, in the town of Grover in
Marinette County, a son of the late Fred Alswager and Mary (Ninneman)
He was married to Helen Lorek Nov. 25, 1939. The couple
celebrated 66 years of marriage before her death May 14, 2007.
He volunteered in 1943 to serve in the U.S. Army and took
his basic training at Camp Fannin, Texas. He was shipped overseas to Liverpool,
England, then crossed England to South Hampton. He then crossed the English
Channel and landed on Omaha Beach.
He joined the 80th Infantry Division under General Patton
and served on the front for two months earning a Combat Badge, Bronze Star, a
sharpshooter badge and rifle badge. He received medals for infantry, World War
II Victory Medal, European-African Eastern Campaign Medal and the Honorable
Service Lapel button for World War II. He was discharged in August 1945.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in
Peshtigo, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a member of Paper
He worked at Badger Paper Mill for 43 years, working on the
fourdiner paper machine until 1967 when he was promoted to assistant
superintendent, retiring in January of 1980.
He resided at the Veterans Home in King for the past three
Survivors include one daughter, Billie Andersen, Stevens
Point; one son, Fred (Julie) Alswager, Chippewa Falls; three sisters, Maddy,
Wanda and Lorna; four grandchildren, Robin (Brian) Lien, Naperville, Ill., Teri
(Brad) Sturm, Minocqua, Erin Alswager, Chippewa Falls, and Josh (Kristine)
Alswager, Minneapolis, Minn.; and five great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by six brothers, Harold,
Vernie, Frank, Amos, Jesse and Loyd; two sisters, Lucy and Edna; and one
son-in-law, Ray Andersen.