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Everett L. Waugus

Issue Date: October 18, 2018

Everett L. Waugus, 92, of Marinette, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at the Luther Home.

Born Jan. 4, 1926, at home in Menekaunee, to the late Gustav and Lillian (nee Gunderson) Waugus, his father and a community midwife assisted in his birth. He graduated from Marinette High School, enlisted into the United States Navy and completed Naval Electrical School, Machine Shop Vocational School, American Technical School (industrial electronics) and Oil Gear School (machine tool hydraulics). He then obtained an Electrical Contractor license as a Master Electrician.

He was proud to have served aboard the Destroyer Escort, Robert I. Paine during World War II. His time in the Navy brought him to France, Italy, The Azores and many other foreign countries. After service, he worked at Marinette Marine, Rock Island/Rodman Industries, Drees Electric and Soderberg Electric and then owned his own business, "Everett Electric".

As an electrician, he worked throughout Northeast Wisconsin and often in traveling with family or friends on Wisconsin roads he pointed out many places he provided electrical service to.

A devoted family man, he was an avid and knowledgeable outdoorsman, had a creative force and had unbounded energy and interest in life. He had many skills, loved the water and being on it or in it his entire life. He bought his first Yar Craft boat as young teen for $2.00.

He enjoyed ice skating on the Bay, fishing, sailing, canoeing and swimming and also taught his children to swim. He built a sailboat in the basement of his home and almost didn't get it out of the basement due to its size!

He helped bring cross-country skiing to Marinette County, taught his children to cross-country ski and there were many outings with friends and family. He, with a small group of others planned, cleared and marked the trails in Goodman and McClintock Parks in Marinette County. He also completed the full length Birkebeiner several times.

A skilled self-taught carpenter, he remodeled and expanded his home as his family grew, adding three large additions to it. After retiring, he became a great wood carver, mostly of birds and small animals. With his lifetime love and fascination with birds, he became a knowledgeable ornithologist. He was a life-long learner, spending many hours at Stephenson Public Library reading and researching his many interests.

An extremely intelligent, kind, thoughtful and humble man, he had a sense of humor, loved to tell silly jokes, especially to his grandchildren, lived life to its fullest despite the tragedies in life and was a man of integrity who "walked his talk".

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Patricia (Cisco); six children, Steve, Eileen, Kathleen, John, Noreen and Mary Jo; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Robert Cisco; a sister-in-law, Marlene Waugus (Behrens); a special family friend, Carol S.; many nieces; nephews; friends and caring neighbors, Mike and Darlene and Roger and Jane.

Among his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde (Glenne) and Donald (Marlene); two sisters, Doris (Leonard) Schomer and Dorothy (Gerald) Kitzinger and his youngest daughter, Peggy Waugus-Gross.

Friends may call at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Friday, Oct. 19 from 9:30 a.m. until time of the funeral services at 11 a.m. Deacon Jerome Thetreau will officiate with burial in Forest Home Cemetery in Marinette. Donations can be made to the Audubon Society or the Stephenson Public Library of Marinette.


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