Howard “Howie” L. Waldinger, 97, Wausau, died Wednesday October 24, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Howard was born in Wausau on February 13, 1921 to the late John and Emma (Beilke) Waldinger. He married May Jeanette Henke on January 4, 1945 in Los Angeles, California.
Howard served his country honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII under General Douglas MacArthur in the Pacific Theater where he fought in many battles, most notably; The Liberation of the Philippines, including the Battle of Luzon. On October 4, 2010, he flew to Washington DC on the Honor Flight to visit the armed forces memorials. He was also a lifetime member of the VFW.
Howard worked at Marathon Electric as a Quality Control Inspector for 35 plus years and served as President of the Quarter Century Club. He also managed little league and pony league baseball teams in the Wausau area. He loved to hunt with his friends and family and was an avid outdoorsman. Howard also served as an usher at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church. He and his wife Jeanette volunteered at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for Mobile Meals for 20 years after they retired.
Survivors include his three children, Lon (Diane L.) Waldinger, Wausau, Diane K. Waldinger, Rothschild and Shawn (Pamela) Waldinger, Anoka, MN; three grandchildren, Brett Waldinger, Wausau, Brayden Waldinger, Anoka, MN and Jordyn Waldinger, Anoka, MN; two great-grandchildren; Brittany Waldinger and Blake Waldinger.
Howard was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred Sippl, brothers, Ray, Eugene and Russell Waldinger. Survivors include Delores Hilmerhausen (Sister) and Bernell Waldinger (Brother).
A special thank you to Tina Gajewski, (In-Home Caregiver and special friend), Kelsey Braker (RN at Rennes Health and Rehab), Connie Bishop (CNA at Rennes Health and Rehab). In addition, a special thank you to Dr. J. Michael Frangiskakis, the Cardiology and Pallative Care Units at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Private family services will take place at a later date. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park Wausau. Veteran Honors will be given by the VFW Burns Post #388 Wausau. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.