Warren L. Wachholz, age 82, of Princeton, left his earthly life on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, at the Barrett House in Ripon, to be with his Savior in heaven. He was born in Ripon, WI, on October 29, 1937, a son of Herbert L. and Beatrice (Giese) Wachholz.
Warren grew up in Princeton and graduated from Princeton High School in 1955. After high school, he attended mortuary school in Milwaukee, graduating in 1959, as a licensed funeral director. He married Roberta Schwarze at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, WI, on August 23, 1958. Warren was a third generation funeral director. In 1959, he began working full time with his father, Herbert Sr., and his brother, Herbert Wachholz Jr. at the Wachholz and Sons Funeral Home and Furniture Store in Princeton.
Warren and his brother Herbie, purchased the Krause Funeral Home in Markesan in 1974. They were also involved with the former Hardell-Wachholz Funeral Home in Montello for many years. Together in 1966, they started the Wachholz Ambulance Service for Princeton. It was eventually taken over by the city of Princeton where Warren then served as the ambulance service director for many years. After the passing of his wife, Roberta, in 1996, Warren retired from the ambulance service.
Warren was a very dedicated and active member within his community. He was a member of the Princeton Fire Department from 1958 to 2000. In 1960, Warren joined the Princeton Lions Club, serving as President from 1971-1972. For 25 years, he had perfect attendance and in 2011 received his 50 year membership pin. Warren had been a member of the Princeton Lion’s Club for 58 years. He was elected to the Princeton City Council in 1972, where he served for 24 consecutive years and had been the longest serving councilman in the history of Princeton. For over 50 years, he was a member of the Princeton Tuesday Night Men’s Bowling League where he served as league secretary for many years. Warren also had the honor of being the Grand Marshall in 2003 for the Princeton 4th of July parade. In 2009, he received from The Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association a 50 year award for his dedicated service to the funeral industry.
Warren loved going out to eat and socializing with family and friends. He enjoyed going on gambling trips, bowling, golfing, watching basketball, baseball and football games. After retiring, he had enjoyed spending several weeks a year during the winter months in Mesquite, NV.
Those Warren leaves behind to cherish his memory include his 2 children, Kim (Bradley) Soda of Princeton, Todd (Jessica) Wachholz of Princeton; 4 grandchildren, Eric (Monique) Soda of Neenah, Vanessa Soda of Wausau; Blake Wachholz of Carmichael, CA, Jared Wachholz of Minneapolis, MN; 2 great grandchildren, Lexia and Brecken Soda; sister-in-law, Nancy (Robert) Ruggles of Iola, WI; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hebert Sr. and Beatrice Wachholz; wife, Roberta Wachholz in 1996; brother, Herbert Wachholz Jr.; sister, Bonnie Verdine.
A private funeral service for Warren L. Wachholz was held at 11:00 a.m., on Friday, October 2, 2020, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 226 South Clinton St., in Princeton. Rev. John Stelter officiated the service. Warren was laid to rest following the service at the City Cemetery in Princeton. Please visit our website www.wachholzandsons.com to send a condolence or to share a memory of Warren with his family.
Due to the increase of cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin and in our area, we regret that a public funeral service could not be held. If you desire to send a sympathy card, please send it to Wachholz and Sons c/o of Warren Wachholz, P.O. Box 115 Princeton, WI 54968.
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