Erwin Henry Himsel, age 89, entered the presence of his Lord and Savior on Thursday, September 26, 2013, reuniting him with his wife, Esther, who preceded him in death on June 9, 2013.
Erwin was born on May 23, 1924 to Wells and Grace Haseltine Himsel in Verona, WI. He attended Paoli School and graduated from Verona High School in 1942. On November 7, 1953, Erwin was united in marriage to Esther Labrenz at Madison Bible Fellowship. Erwin was a lifelong dairy farmer at Paoli where he lived since the age of 5 months. He was a charter member of Meadowood Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. Erwin suffered a stroke in 1991 which left him partially paralyzed but not defeated.
Erwin is survived by his children, Paula Massie, Dennis (special friend Katie Rodgers), Kathy (Dan) Pugh and David (Michelle); grandchildren, Jennifer (Isaac) Thorne, David Massie, Ben and Bradley Himsel; great granddaughter, Lylah Thorne; sister, Evelyn Norton; sister-in-law, Lois Labrenz. Further survived by other family and friends.
Preceded in death by his wife, Esther, his parents; infant sister, Fern Louise; son-in-law, Scott Massie and brother-in-law, Rodney Norton.
Services will be held at NEW GLARUS BIBLE CHURCH, 207 6th Street, New Glarus, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2013, with Pastor Tom Schubring presiding. Visitation will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 220 Enterprise Dr., Verona, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013 and again at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday. Burial will be at Verona Cemetery. Memorials may be given to New Glarus Bible Church, 207 6th St., New Glarus, WI 53574.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Four Winds Manor for their loving care of our parents during the last five years. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com