Wayne William Wolter, 79, of rural Wisconsin Dells, graduated to his savior’s presence on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, following a stay at the Hospice House in Baraboo.
Wayne was born March 28, 1938, as the second of three sons to Raymond and Edna (Paepke) Wolter on the same farm south of Reedsburg where his father and grandfather were born. Wayne grew up in Baraboo and graduated from Baraboo High School in 1956.
Wayne married Geraldine Ann Krenz of Lake Delton on Oct. 3, 1959. They were blessed with four children. Wayne worked as a meat cutter, motel operator, carpenter and fireman at the Badger powder plant. He finished his working career with 30 years of service at UPS as a package and semi-driver.
After purchasing 80 acres of land 4 miles west of Lake Delton, Wayne built a large home for his family. While driving nights to Minneapolis and back for UPS, Wayne cut trees on the property that were milled into lumber for the house. All of the cement work was mixed on site and with the help of his father, father-in-law and other family members, a house was built in which he lived with his family for 45 years.
Wayne was an avid fishermen and fisher of men for God’s Kingdom. He also enjoyed hunting, woodworking and was dedicated to his family, church, and friends. Wayne also enjoyed birds immensely and loved animals, especially his pets.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Geraldine; and their children, Cindy (Eric) Scott, Mark (Jamie) Wolter, Peter (Jenny) Wolter and Paul (Ann) Wolter; nine grandchildren, Courtney (Skyler) Tacchini, Zach (Laura) Scott, Natalie (Mike) Fabretti, Meredith Scott and Alex, Aleah, Christina, David and Jonathan Wolter; six “plate cleaners,” great-grandchildren Vincent, Bowen and Amelia Tacchini and Susannah, Joseph and Abigail Scott; a brother, Roger Wolter; and nieces, nephews and many “adopted” sons, daughters and brothers.
In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by a brother, Don.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017, at Living Hope Church, S3963 Highway BD, Baraboo, with the Rev. Dave Bauman officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, and from 10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church. Burial will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Samaritan’s Purse Clean Water Projects run by Franklin Graham at a special page set up at http://sampur.se/2zWNAmn. Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home is assisting the family.