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August 7, 2020

7/3/2020 7:30:00 AM
Loren Joseph Cahak

Loren Joseph Cahak, age 90, passed away on June 26, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Loren was born in Antigo on Feb. 28, 1930, to Edith Mary (King) and Emil Raymond Cahak. Loren went to 13 different schools in numerous cities while growing up, as his dad sought better job opportunities, and then graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1948. He and his best friend, Les Carlson, joined the Army after graduating, where he served for 2 years then returned to Rhinelander. He began working in his dad's grocery store and tried other sales work, selling Electrolux vacuums, Fuller brushes, and sold meat from Schwan's trucks. He then became interested in a particular girl, Dorothy Marie Ehmann. They married in Rhinelander on July 5, 1952. After about a year, he started his own grocery store, Loren's Food Shop, which he ran for about 21 years. With the advent of supermarkets, he looked for more opportunities and started buying duplexes and became interested in real estate, which he sold for about 8 years. He continued to look for buys on rental units and at one time had 56 units which became their livelihood and provided a comfortable retirement. Loren was a founding member of Northwoods Rental Properties, a former member of the Rhinelander Lions Club, and a regular blood donor. He and Dorothy were very involved in St. Mary's church (now Nativity of Our Lord) where he ushered.

Loren and Dorothy enjoyed traveling all over the U.S. and abroad. After retiring, they traveled the country in their RV to see their kids and stayed in Texas during the winters. They moved to Port Washington to be closer to family the last few years. Loren is survived by his children Joe (Beth) of Ramona, Calif., Dave (Sheila) of Bishop, Calif., Cathy (Dennis) Angell of Coon Rapids, Minn., Mary (Glen) Kraetsch of Harshaw, Amy (Scott) Hagen of Reno, Nev., Susie McVicker of Cape Carteret, N.C., Patty (Dick) Martin of Colorado Springs, Colo., Peter (Lisa) of Fort Worth, Texas, Barb (Russ) Steinmetz of Port Washington, Paul (Heidi) of Menasha, and Mark (Patty) of Oak Creek. He is also survived by 27 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Marie (Ehmann) Cahak, in March of this year; his parents and siblings Lee, Mike, and Ollie Sonsthagen.

A memorial service will be planned in the future.

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Loren go with God. My prayers and condolences go out to the family. My thoughts go out to Paul and Heidi.
Craig and Gail Strid

Posted: Sunday, July 5, 2020
Article comment by: Pat Yentzer

The Cahak's had a large and loving family and when we were kids we'd go their store in Hollow and enjoy a treat. My older brother and I had lunch at their house every once in awhile and with 12 kids and a huge table with a giant lazy susan in the middle that was spinning all the time it was hectic, but fun! A very respected man and will be remembered.

Posted: Friday, July 3, 2020
Article comment by: David Cahak

Bye Pop. Miss you. Love you.

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