Lochner, Kenneth Norbert, age 89, of Sauk City WI passed away peacefully on January 18, 2018. Ken was born in Roxbury to August and Aurelia Breunig Lochner on June 10, 1928. He is survived by his wife Mary Jane Rauls Lochner of 68 years and his five children John (MaryAnne) of Roxbury WI, James (Boni) of Dakota Dunes SD and, Judith (Nick) Anderson of Spring TX, Jeanne (Pete) Trachsler of Plain WI and Jeffrey (Lynn) of Martinsville WI. They have 11 grandchildren: Tim, Scott, Troy, James, Mary, Matt, Garrett, Angie, Danny, Jeremy and Brian; 4 step grandchildren: Brianna, Jessica, Brandon and Blake; 6 great grandchildren: Sam, Brooklyn, Alexandra, Quinn, Ellie and Ace and 7 step great grandchildren: Emma, Nora, Braxton, Brinkley, Brecken, Ava and Ella
He is survived by siblings Victor (Betty-deceased), Jerome (Elaine), Earl (Chris), Margie (Robert) Nachreiner, Ann (Thomas) Gaukel and in-laws Philip (Virginia) Rauls, Alice (Melvin) Ballweg and James (Eileen) Rauls. Ken was preceded in death by both his parents, his brother Alex (Amelda) Lochner and sisters-in-law Katie (Eugene) Pings and Ruth (Bob-deceased) Meyers.
Ken retired from NEC in 1993 after working 23 years, owned his own business for about 10 years, and worked for the Wisconsin Power and Light for 16 years. Extensive international travel and working on the Chunnel, the tunnel that connected the UK and France, were memories he often liked to share. He was also a volunteer for the Sauk City Fire Department for many years and there are memories of him singing in the church choir.
One of his biggest joys in life was sports, particularly when his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were participating. In his early years, he played home talent baseball and was a long-time member of the Lake Wisconsin Country Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
During most of his retirement years, he would spend numerous hours gardening or in his woodworking shop; honing his skills and building things for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. This included everything from hutches, poker tables, gun racks, side tables and bar tops to children’s high chairs, play tables, doll cradles and rocking horses. Ken also never found anything that he couldn’t fix and was the go-to-guy for most of his family, especially his children and grandchildren, when they needed something repaired or fixed; albeit a broken appliance, a household item, a knickknack or even a Christmas decoration.
The family sincerely thank Dr. Barclay Shultz, Dr. James Heun and the staff of St. Clare Hospice House for their exceptional care. Funeral mass to be held at St. Norbert’s Catholic Church in Roxbury, WI at 11 am on Monday, January 22, 2018. Private burial will be held at later date. Celebration of Life to be held at the Dorf Haus immediately following.
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