Harry D. Steinmetz, 87, of Lakeside Health in Chippewa Falls, formerly of Park Falls, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2005, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls.
He was born in Marshfield on Nov. 10, 1917, the son of Frank and Mary Steinmetz. He married Violet M. Jossi on Oct. 5, 1946, in Marshfield. They lived in Park Falls for 49 years where he retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier.
Harry served in WWII almost five years in the U.S. Army National Guard 128th Infantry and the Wisconsin 32nd Red Arrow Division in the South Pacific theater; served six years in the 120th Field Artillery; and 10 years in the 724th Engineering Battalion. He retired from the armed forces 724th Engineering Battalion in 1977.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 182 - Park Falls, American Legion Past Commanders' Club, 32nd Division Veteran's Association, and the Elks Club No. 665 - Marshfield. In earlier times he had belonged to the VFW, 40 & 8th #907, 32nd Division Brigade Old Timers Club, Barbershop Quartets of America, Park Falls Drum & Bugle Corps, and the Knights of Columbus.
Harry is survived by: his wife of 58 years, Violet; four daughters, Lonnie (Thomas) Thompson of Edgewater, Fla., Debra (Rick) Lambrecht of Chippewa Falls, Connie (Kim) Salmon of Madison and Bonnie Watts of Alamo, Texas; son-in-law, Ronald Wood of Madison; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two nephews; and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by: one daughter, Donna Wood in 1986; a son-in-law, Jim Watts; a sister, Norma Lewis; and a brother, Jay Steinmetz.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Aug. 15 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Park Falls. Visitation begins at the church at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Chippewa Falls at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
Novitzke's Funeral Home, Park Falls, will be in charge of funeral arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Anthony's Catholic Church or the Alzheimer's Association would be appreciated.