Lawrence J. Womack, age 92, of Linden, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012 at Willow Point Assisted Living in Verona. Lawrence was born on August 13, 1920 in Montfort to John and Blanche (Reger) Womack. He was a graduate of the Linden High School. He married the former Marjorie Slaby of Linden on July 20, 1941 in Rockford. Lawrence proudly served in the U.S. Army, stationed in the South Pacific during WWII. He cooked at the Linden Restaurant when he and Marjorie owned it. He also worked as a well driller and a lead miner before settling as an Operating Engineer retiring in 1985 from Icke Construction. Lawrence was a member of the Linden United Methodist Church, the Linden Masonic Lodge #206 and proudly wore his retired Union Cap from the Wisconsin Operating Engineers Local #139. Lawrence was the last surviving Charter Member of the Linden American Legion Post #493 and a member of the 40et8. His life revolved around people and he put everyone else’s needs first and did so with a great balance. He will be dearly remembered for his stories, his smile which lit up the room and his handlebar moustache. He enjoyed riding his Harley and was a member of the Retreads Motorcycle Club. He enjoyed coin collection and giving out special coins as tips. He truly loved giving to his children, whether it was passing on his work ethic or making them the best sledding hill in Linden.
The unexpected death of his son Terry was a painful loss. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Eugene at birth; a sister, Elaine Womack at age four; a brother, Clarence Womack and his wives, Mildred and Anastasia Womack and a sister, Dorothy (Ray) Wilkinson.
Lawrence is survived by his wife of 71 years, Marjorie of Linden; two daughters, Barbara Womack of Madison and Juanita (Tom) Kostecki of Verona; five grandchildren, Lyza (Tim) Burgess of Jacksonville, FL; Shannon (Billy) Bonner of West Monroe, LA; Alex (Kelly) Kostecki of Pierre, SD; Taylor Kostecki of Burlington and Brady Kostecki of Verona; five great grandchildren; a sister, Lois (Loren) Yearous of Madison; a brother, David Womack of Rockford; a sister-in-law, Aurelia Womack of McAllen, TX; two daughters-in-law, Nancy Womack of Madison and Barbara Womack of Sturdevant; a special niece, Geraldine (Whitey) Mehlberg of Mukwonago; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at the Lulloff-Peterson-Houck Funeral Home in Dodgeville with Chaplin Stephen J. Zwettler – Agrace HospiceCare and Pastor Leanne Rose co-officiating. Burial will be in the Linden Cemetery with Military Honors Accorded by the Linden American Legion. Visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home where Masonic Rites will be held at 8:00 P.M. Friends may also call on Tuesday after 9:00 A.M.
Lawrence’s family extend their sincere gratitude to the staff of Agrace HospiceCare and Willow Point Assisted Living as well as Dr. Kara Burrow and Dr. Laura Brown (“but she’s not a doctor, you know”) for the excellent care he received.
…Goodnight Sweet Prince…