John F. Lahn, 74, of Augusta, passed away after a long battle with cancer early Sunday morning , July 29, 2018 at Dove Healthcare-West .
John Frederick Lahn was born at home on October 28, 1943, the youngest of 9 children born to Carl and Jennie (McGaver) Lahn. He was raised on the family farm in Fairchild Township, attended country school and graduated from Fairchild High School, 1961. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Army National Guard. After his honorable discharge in December of 1963 he moved to the Milwaukee area where he met Helen Holub. The couple later married on Oct. 17, 1970 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Caledonia. John and Helen both worked at Harnischfeger Corporation in Milwaukee, and John for nearly 40 years. While at Harnischfeger he was very active with the United Steelworkers of America. During this time he was also active with the St. Francis Lions Club and had been a member of the American Legion. They raised their 2 daughters in the Milwaukee area and when they retired from Harnischfeger they moved to Augusta in the spring of 2002. After moving to Augusta he worked an additional 4 years at Source Cut in Osseo. He transferred his membership to the Augusta American Legion and joined the Augusta Lions Club. In 2008 he became Lion of the Year, and more recently earned the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. While with the Augusta Lions he managed the Lion’s hall, helped with its remodeling and was very instrumental in starting the Bingo Nights at the hall.
Throughout the years John had always enjoyed the outdoors. He loved fishing, goose and deer hunting with family and friends and especially riding 4-wheeler with his wife Helen. Keeping in touch with friends over a cup of coffee, a meal and an occasional dice game was important to John, and he will be missed by those who shared this time with him. Last October John with his daughter Jennie took a trip to Germany to visit Amy and her family in Vilseck. This was a trip that he and Helen had long planned on taking. He had a wonderful time with his family, seeing many sights, taking in their way of life and visiting theLahn River. Traveling with friends and family was something John enjoyed, many trips were taken to South Dakota, and out West over the years, with decades worth of memories made for all that were along for the ride.
John’s family meant so much to him and he will be deeply missed by his 2 daughters, Jennie Lahn of Augusta, Amy and Ryan Morris stationed with the U.S. Army in Vilseck, Germany; 4 grandsons, William Morris, Alexander O’Brien, Brayden O’Brien, and Tucker Morris all of Germany; brother, Leonard and Donna Lahn of Fairchild; sister, Carol and Norman Dux of Oak Creek, WI; longtime friend, Becky Stanley of Humbird; several nieces, nephews, along with other relatives and a host of friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Jenny; Helen his beloved wife of 40 years who passed away on May 20, 2011; and siblings; Reinhold Lahn, Joanne Haeske, Helen Lahn, Alice Kitelinger, Shirley Lahn and Robert Lahn.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Raymond‘s of Pena fort Catholic Church in Brackett, with Father Sedlacek officiating. Burial will be in Holy Guardian Angel Catholic Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.