NIAGARA, Wis. - Loren Ross Etka, 88, of Niagara, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at his home.
He was born on March 12, 1925, in Amberg, Wis., son of the late Wilbur and Muriel (Briggs) Etka.
Loren served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II on a mine sweeping and sonar ship.
He married Armelene Vanderlin on April 3, 1948, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway.
Loren worked for Lake Shore Inc. for 42 years, first as a machinist, then as a supervisor, and finally as an estimator, before retiring in 1987.
He loved to fix and build things, including a camp and a house. He was a very hard worker and did everything himself. He loved to help everyone with projects, or just with some sound advice. He was generous with his time, gifts and skills. There was nothing he couldn't do.
Loren is survived by his wife of 65 years, Armelene; daughters, Susan (Roger) Lindgren of Green Bay, Wis., Mary Beth (David) Hagen of Gladstone, and Carol (Ken) Scammahorn of Cashmere, Wash.; son, Richard (Becky) Etka of Waucedah, Wis.; daughter-in-law, Alana Etka of Aurora, Wis.; grandchildren, Kristen (Zach) Lindgren-Voelz, Karl (Michelle Keehan) Lindgren, Kimberly Lindgren, Kristoffer (Rebecca) Hagen, Apryl (Travis) Steinmetz, Benjamin Hagen, Melissa Scammahorn, Loren Scammahorn and Amanda (Scott) Nowack; eight great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Gordon Etka, and his sister, Doris Johns.
Visitation will be Sunday, Sept. 8, from 2 p.m. 4 p.m. at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway. Funeral services will follow Sunday at 4 p.m. at the funeral home, with Rev. James Danielson, pastor of Evangelical Covenant Church in Norway, presiding.
Interment will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Norway Township Cemetery.
Condolences to the family of Loren may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com
Arrangements announced by the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.