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December 2, 2021

10/15/2021 5:27:00 AM
Karl Thomas Tauer

Karl Thomas Tauer (Pete) of Hiles, passed away Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 at his home after a five and one- half year battle with liver cancer. He was born on Feb. 24, 1951, in Laona, to Alois and Erma (Bonack) Tauer. He was married to Nancy Lee Evans on May 18, 2002.

Karl graduated from Crandon High School in 1969 and from U.W. Stout in 1973 with an industrial arts and drafting degree. He played football there. He taught industrial arts at Iola High School for one year, then returned to Hiles to go into the logging business with his brother, Tim. Later their older brother Bill joined them.

Karl was Town Chairman of Hiles and served on the Forest County Board for decades. Pete cut the log trees, had them sawed into lumber and built his house with them.

He was a lifelong, very active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hiles, serving as treasurer. He was on the Hiles Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

Karl is survived by his wife, Nancy; stepchildren, Kelly (Don) Saylor; Robby (Tracy) Lieber; and four step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Judy Roberts of Rhinelander; brothers, Bill of Hiles and Tim (Deb) of Antigo, as well as nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Karl remained close friends with his college roommates and their families up until his death.

Karl was a beekeeper and enjoyed working in his garden, orchard, berries and bees with Nancy.

Pallbearers are his nephews Mark and Chuck Roberts; Anton, Lee, Taylor and Ben Tauer.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Hiles. Services will be held at 11 a.m. at church with Pastor Samuel Pappenfuss officiating. Interment will follow services at the Hiles Cemetery.

Weber-Hill Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences for the family may be directed to

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