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September 27, 2020

7/28/2020 7:29:00 AM
Wayne Fenus

Wayne Fenus, age 87, of Rhinelander, died July 21, 2020, at Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander.

He was born on Sept. 11, 1932, in Denham, Minn., to John and Meda (Hubbard) Fenus.

Wayne was raised in Rutledge, Minn. and attended schools there. After his schooling he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War.

Upon his honorable discharge he returned to Duluth, Minnesota and went to work in the maritime on the Great Lakes.

After doing that for a number of years, Wayne then went to work in the construction field. As he neared the retirement age he began his own business in sales. He traveled to shows selling pottery, jewelry and then clothing.

Wayne married the former Karolyn Koester on Dec. 12, 1983 in Rutledge, Minn. and they enjoyed 36 years together.

They moved to Rhinelander in the late 1990s and have lived here since.

Wayne had many interests outside his work and in retirement. He loved anything to do with the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

He enjoyed reading and exploring.

He and Karolyn took many drives to just "see what was out there."

He is survived by his wife Karolyn, his stepdaughters Elizabeth Sievert, Lyn (David) Sievert and Stephanie (Larry) Wigand, his stepsons William Woog and Stephen (Wanda) Woog, 13 stepgrandchildren, 10 step great-grandchildren, his sister Donna Sievert and his brother John Fenus.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Shirley.

Private family services for Wayne will be held at a later date.

You may leave your private condolences for the Fenus family at

The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Fenus family.

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