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Obituary for Wayne Allen Detjen

Wayne A. Detjen, Algoma, was called home by our Lord on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. He was born on June 2, 1948 to Ralph and Donna (Kolstad) Detjen. Upon graduating from Algoma High School, Wayne served in the US Army, attended MATC and worked in Milwaukee before returning to Algoma. There he helped create the Living Lakes Expo before joining Wisconsin Label (WS Packaging) where he worked in art/marketing design until his retirement.
Wayne married the love of his life, Kathleen Lukes, on October 4, 1975. Together they hand-built their unique dome house and raised three children. Wayne enjoyed many hobbies and projects including “making seagulls,” drawing car portraits, planning fun family road trips, singing in choirs, designing/building just about anything with any material and restoring/showing classic cars – most notably, Studebakers. He was a devoted family man, always spending time with his children and grandchildren, and was quick to lend a hand to anyone in need. Wayne will be remembered for his creativity, generosity and faithfulness.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kathy; children Elizabeth (Jason) Melotte, Anne (Andrew Georgenson) Detjen, David (Jennifer) Detjen; grandchildren Ethan and Ainsley Melotte and Jordan Detjen; siblings Babs (Thomas) Lausman of Cumming GA, Randy (Jane) Detjen of Two Rivers, Jeffrey (Ellen) Detjen of Luxemburg, Jodie (Paul) Rodrian of Larkspur CO; sisters-in-law Barbara Lukes of Albuquerque NM and Mary (Keith) Mueller of Fish Creek; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends and neighbors.
Friends may call at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Algoma, on Monday, December 19th from 9am until time of service at 11am with Pastor John Moll officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at In lieu of flowers, memorials in Wayne’s honor can be made to St. Paul’s Church.
The Detjen family wishes to extend our gratitude to the wonderfully kind staff of Unity Hospice for their excellent care allowing Wayne to be at home, to Schinderle Funeral Home for assisting in arrangements, and to all the family, friends, pastors and community that offered their prayers and support.

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St. Paul's Lutheran Church

406 4th Street
Algoma, WI 54201

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11:00 AM
St. Paul's Lutheran Church

406 4th Street
Algoma, WI 54201

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St. Mary Catholic Cemetery

Church Street Algoma, WI, 54201


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