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July 16, 2019

6/11/2019 7:30:00 AM
Joseph Andrew Mahner

Joseph Andrew Mahner, age 75, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 26, 2019, while fishing in Ontario, Canada. He was born July 23, 1943, in Rhinelander, to Arnold and Marie (James) Mahner.

Joe was a beloved dad, son, grandpa, great-grandpa, partner, brother, uncle, mentor, and friend. He was a master plumber and operated his own plumbing business for many years. Joe served his community as a volunteer firefighter and first responder for 47 years. He was a founding member of the Town of Crescent Volunteer Fire Department where he served for a time as Chief. Joe was active with Boy Scouts of America and had earned his Eagle Scout designation. He was also involved in Little League Baseball, Fast-pitch Softball, and was a member of the local Houndsman group. Joe's true passion in life was anything having to do with the outdoors including fishing, hunting, and cutting wood. He had the opportunity to participate in many trips to Canada as a hunter, fisherman, and guide. A milestone accomplishment for Joe was holding the Wisconsin State Black Bear record and that special trophy will be displayed during his visitation. Most of all, Joe will be remembered for his love of family and friends and for his great sense of humor. "If Joe picked on ya, he liked ya". "Boom Chicka Boom"

Joe is survived by his mother, Marie Mahner; seven children, Clara (William) Groskopf, Keven Mahner, Natalie (Joe) Polinski, Rebecca (Bart) Tegen, Tracy (Benjamin Marquardt) Mahner, Eva (Benjamin Gehrig) Mahner, and Prescott Mahner; his former wife and mother of his children, Agnes Mahner; companion, Martha Fuller; 12 grandchildren, Kathryn, Sara, Lauren, Zachary, Hannah, Samantha (Travis), Jacob, Caleb, Emily, Isaiah, Kyle, and Ashley; and 10 great- grandchildren, Carmen, Parker, Eleanor, Jordan, "Baby T" on the way, Jersey, Bane, Kingston, Jacey, and Lily. He is further survived by his four siblings, Carol (Mike) Umland, Jeff (Karol) Mahner, Linda O'Brien Mahner, and Stephen (Brenda Shepard) Mahner; an uncle, Monte (Dora) James; an aunt, Margaret Nylund; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Last but not least, he is survived by his dog companions, Roxey, Jan, Jack, and Ziggy. He was preceded in death by his father, Arnold Mahner, and a granddaughter, Megan Marie.

A memorial service for Joe will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414 / with Chaplain John Uhlarik officiating. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the funeral home.

Firefighter honors will follow the service outside the funeral home.

A celebration of Joe's life will continue at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Crescent Town Hall.

Inurnment will take place in the Hiles Cemetery in Forest County with a graveside service at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2019, meeting at the cemetery.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests support of a memorial to be established in Joe's name.

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