Larry G. Deau
Larry G. Deau, 77, of Mountain (Chute Pond) and owner of Doze Inn, passed away Friday, Jan. 27 surrounded by family.
Born Dec. 12, 1939 in Green Bay, to the late Leonard and Helen (Kroll) Deau, he graduated from West De Pere High School. He served in the United States Coast Guard from 1961 to 1965, fought in the Bay of Pigs and marched in John F. Kennedy's Funeral Procession. He married Della Kersten on Dec. 4, 1965 in Lena and they bought the Doze Inn on Chute Pond where they worked together and raised their children. The couple took Sunday trips to Carter and dinner dates.
A member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed, he drove school bus for Mountain/Suring School District for 29 years. As a handyman, his odd jobs included snow plowing, cutting trees, installing docks, pulling people out of the ditch and doing work for cottage owners. He also worked on the high line for Erb Carpentry and was a dairy worker.
An avid snowmobiler, he was a charter member of the Near North Snowmobile Club, groomed the trails, was a founding member of the drag races on Chute Pond and was a current member of the New Near North Social Club.
He enjoyed fly fishing, crabbing, bowling, hunting, shooting trap and darts, cards, shaking dice and the Packers and Brewers, but mostly loved Wednesday night pool league and Thursday night golf league.
An avid hunter, he formed the "Over the Hill Gang" hunting group, gave back to the community, founded the Doze Inn Benefit Golf Outing, hosted the Kid's Fish-o-Ree, trapped muskrat for many years and occasionally caught a mink. For over 20 years, he served as a Suring Lions Club member and was honored to hand deliver roses.
His last and ongoing project was fixing his ice machine. He loved his grandchildren, took pride in his Saturday Night Broasted Chicken and will be remembered for his own style in flannel shirts.
He is survived by four daughters, Dawn (Paul) Urbanek of Hobart, Christine Vollmar of Suring, Michelle "Shelly" (Greg) VanDriest of Appleton and Brenda (Matt) Peters of Peshtigo; six grandchildren; seven siblings, Warren (Lois) Deau, Rodney (Lin) Deau, Barb (Mike) Lindsley, Curney (Dave) Faltynzki, Kay (Clem) Hedeen, Debbie (Scott) Zierson and Todd Deau; many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Della.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 3 at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation will continue on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Paul Scheunemann will officiate followed by military honors. Interment will be held in Mountain Cemetery at a later date. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home of Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. A memorial fund has been established.
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