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Valentine "Jack" Lungwitz Print E-mail

Oct. 31, 1928 - Dec. 10, 2013

  Valentine “Jack” Lungwitz, age 85 of rural Redgranite, a well known and respected  businessman in Redgranite, passed away  early Tuesday morning, Dec. 10, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh.

He was born Oct. 31, 1928 on his parent’s farm in the Town of Leon, Waushara County, a son of Valentine R. and Iva D. (Taylor) Lungwitz.  Jack was baptized at his home in 1928 shortly after he was born.  He was confirmed in April of 1943 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Redgranite.  He grew up helping his parents work the farm with work horses, no electricity, and no telephone, and as a result developed a strong work ethic.  Jack lived in the Redgranite area his entire life.   He was a 1946 graduate of the Redgranite High School.

Following graduation, Jack sailed the Great Lakes with the Merchant Marines.  He was a cook on a 605 foot tanker, when he quit his job in 1948.  He quit his job because he met the love of his life, Deloris Schendel, Berlin.  He married Deloris on Aug. 26, 1950 in Berlin.  They have spent 63 happy years together.

He had also served in the Naval Reserve.  He took his training on the U.S.S. Wisconsin.  He worked for a time in Chicago, and was a milk hauler for the Willow Creek Dairy in Redgranite.  In 1949, Jack and his brother Pete decided to go into the automotive business together.  They cleared away corn stalks from a corn field about a mile “up the road” from their parent’s farm, built a building, and started Lungwitz Garage.  Jack became sole owner in the 1950’s, when his brother Pete had another business opportunity.  He incorporated the business in 1982.

Throughout the 64 years that Jack has been in business, Jack has been active in many automotive related organizations:  the Board of Directors for the National Independent Auto Dealers Association, President of the Northland Auto Dealers Association, and a member of the Wisconsin Auto Dealers Association, serving as Chairman of the Used Car Council for eight years, and 22 years on the Board.  In 1995 Jack was voted “Used Car Dealer of the Year” in Wisconsin, and in 2010 the Wisconsin Automobile Association presented Jack with the “Hero Award,” citing his many years of “joyfull commitment to the Wisconsin Auto Industry, leading by example, giving unselfishly of his time and ideas, and helping to make Wisconsin a better place.”

Jack had a special love and pride for his community.  He served on the Redgranite Advancement Association for many years, and was President and then a Board Member.  He promoted Redgranite in every way possible, serving as Chairman on the Redgranite Development Committee for 15 years.  He was President of the Redgranite Labor Day Celebration Committee for 12 years.  Jack was awarded the Redgranite Area Outstanding Citizen Award in 1989.

He was a life-long member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Redgranite.  He was President of the Building Committee for the new Church, and spent many days helping to build the Church.  He had faithfully served on the Church Council, and was President for many years.  He had also served as Church Secretary and Treasurer.  Jack was Chairman of the Evangelism Committee, and in his earlier years, sang on the Church Choir.  He belonged to the Bible Study group, and represented the Church at Synod Conferences.

He also enjoyed traveling, and had been to China, Thailand, and Hong Kong, and enjoyed many fishing trips with his brother-in-law, John.  Deloris and Jack also traveled extensively in the United States, Spain, Germany, and the  Caribbean  Islands.  Jack enjoyed hunting, family camping trips, and his father-daughter fishing trips on the Chippewa flowage for 30 years.

Jack is survived by Deloris, his wife of 63 years; two daughters, Gail (Mike) Romenesko, Little Chute, their children, Brittany (Jeff) Farber and their daughter, Marina, Necedah, Brooke (Scott) Tuska, and their daughter, Meadow, Minneapolis, MN, Chelsea (Dan) Gostisha, Neenah, and their sons, Nolan and Brayden, and Blake Romenesko, Duluth, MN; Jill (Steve) Elza, Eureka, and their children, Jared (Denise “Shorty”) Elza, Wautoma, and Hayden Elza, Madison.  Jack is also survived by a brother, Dorn (Beth) Lungwitz, Mc Henry, IL, a brother-in-law, Jim (the Late Nancy) Erickson, Little Fork, MN; sisters-in-law, Diane (Lee) Hershberger, Oshkosh and Lucy (the Late John) Schendel, Franklin; two uncles, Myrtis Taylor of Omro and Rexford Taylor of Florida; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends.

Preceding Jack in death were his parents, his brother, Wesley “Pete” Lungwitz, and his sister, Nancy Erickson.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning, Dec. 14. at 11 a.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church  330 Foster Road in Redgranite.  The Rev. Gregory Sluke, Pastor will officiate.  Following these Services, Jack will be laid to rest in the Redgranite Foster Road Cemetery.

Visitation:  Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday morning ONLY, prior to the Services at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Memorials will be appreciated in place of flowers.

The Ruminski Funeral Home of Redgranite is assisting the family with arrangements.


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