THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Gary R. Effenberger
Issue Date: October 25, 2018
Gary R. Effenberger, 60, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, 2018 at St. Clare's Hospital in Weston.
Born March 4, 1958, to Robert and Betty (Pawlak) Effenberger in Oconto Falls, he graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1976. On Sept. 29, 1978, he married the former Julie Rasmussen and they lived in Oconto Falls for several years while he worked at Jim Kane Chevrolet.
They moved to Shawano in 1984 with their son, Josh, where he was first the manager, then co-owner of Rollmann Homes, Inc. until its closing in 2011. He then retired and enjoyed fishing, attending dirt track races, riding bicycles with his wife, following the Badgers and coaching years of youth soccer with his wife.
In summer of 2018, they coached both of their grandchildren's soccer teams that he loved spending time with. He also was the proudest father in the stands for years, watching his son flagging stock car races, including the World of Outlaws. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Julie, of Shawano; a son, Josh (Heather) Effenberger of Shawano; two grandchildren; two sisters, Kaye Effenberger of Oconto Falls and Karen Fehling of Phoenix, Az.; a brother-in-law, Wayne Rasmussen of Oconto Falls; three sisters-in-law, Mary (Jeff) Goldberg of Lake St. Louis, Mo., Rose Westenberger of Howard and Ruth (John) Thielen of Racine; an uncle; aunts; nieces; nephews and many friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Arnold and Gloria Rasmussen; a brother-in-law, David Rasmussen and several aunts and uncles.
Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 19 at Mickelson Funeral Service in Shawano from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation continued at Zion Lutheran Church of Shawano on Saturday morning, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m., with Pastor Scott Ludford officiating. Interment was in Lake Drive Cemetery in the Town of Westcott. Memorials can be made in his name.