Obit: Drescher, Wayne Donald (1941 - 2010)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Drescher, Bartz, Schultz, Yaeger, Eastin, Burkart, Hoppa, Dorwaldt, Noah, Thoma, Lord, Warmuth 

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) April 14, 2010 

Drescher, Wayne Donald (5 December 1941 - 6 April 2010) 

Wayne Drescher, 68, of Neillsville died Tuesday, April 6, 2010, in the Palliative Care Unit of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. 

Wayne Donald Drescher was born Dec. 5, 1941, in Neillsville, the son of Donald and Irene (Bartz) Drescher.  He attended grade school in the Town of York and graduated from Loyal High School.  He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  Wayne then worked at Bio-Life until its closing.  He purchased Neillsville Oil and operated that business until ill health forced him to retire.  Currently, he was working as a part-time realtor with Sunrise Realty in Neillsville. 

Wayne was a member of the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Globe and had served as president of the congregation.  He was a past-president of Thrivent Financial and in his spare time enjoyed hunting, reading and the Green Bay Packers. 

He is survived by his wife, Florence; two step-daughters, Valerie (Rev. Tom) Schultz of Palatine, IL, and Pamela (Timothy) Yaeger of Appleton; four step-grandchildren, Vanessa (Jeffrey) Eastin, Abigail Schultz, Jordan Schultz and Eden Schultz; a sister, Sandra (Dennis) Burkart of Eau Claire; and nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Funeral services for Wayne were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 10, 2010, at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Globe.  Pastor John Warmuth officiated.  Music was provided by Karen Hoppa, organist, and pat Dorwaldt, soloist.  Interment was made in the Neillsville City Cemetery.  Visitation was from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Friday, at the Gesche Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church. 

Casketbearers were: David Burkart, David Drescher, Carl Noah, Gregg Thoma, John Dorwaldt and Jim Lord. 

Online condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville assisted Wayne’s family with funeral arrangements. 



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