Obit: Vander Hyden, Wilferd Eugene "Junior" (1925 - 2010)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon



Surnames: Vander Hyden, Moe, Schultze, Hansen, Layman, Bieno, Lindstrom, Carlson, Apfelbeck


----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) August 11, 2010


Vander Hyden, Wilferd Eugene "Junior" (11 November 1925 - 7 August 2010) With Flag


Wilferd E. "Junior" Vander Hyden, age 84, of Thorp, passed away on Saturday, August 7, 2010 at Wissota Health & Regional Vent Center in Chippewa Falls.


Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp.  Rev. Keith Apfelbeck will officiate and burial will follow in St. Bernard’s Catholic Cemetery.


Visitation will be held at Thorp Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., with a rosary service at 8 p.m. and at church on Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.


Wilferd Eugene Vander Hyden was born on November 11, 1925 in Thorp, WI, the son of Wilferd G. and Dena (Moe) Vander Hyden.  He was raised on the family farm and received his education in Thorp, graduating from Thorp High School.  Junior entered the U. S. Navy on March 21, 1944 and served until his honorable discharge on May 23, 1946.  After his discharge, he worked in Milwaukee for a short time before moving back to Thorp and working for his dad distributing Leinenkugel’s Beer.


He was united in marriage to Audrey Schultze on September 10, 1949 at St. Bernard’s Rectory in Thorp.  He took over his dad’s business and operated it until 1989.  Junior then sold cars for Hofke’s Chevrolet, in Stanley, for two years and that at Courtesy Ford, in Thorp, for a short time.  His wife Audrey passed away on September 5, 1992.  He continued to live in Thorp until March of 2010.


Junior was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig Catholic Church, the Thorp American Legion Post #118, served on the Thorp Fire Department for many years and had served on the City of Thorp Planning & Zoning Committee.  When he was younger, Junior was a member of the Owen-Withee Bit & Spur Club with his Palomino horse named Trigger.


He had many interests, but especially enjoyed camping and traveling with his wife, Audrey; fishing, weekends at the hunting shack without a gun, snowmobiling and 4-wheeling.


Junior will be dearly missed by his three daughters: Barb (John) Hansen of Withee, Brenda (Scott) Layman of Chippewa Falls, Becky (Dan) Bieno of Chippewa Falls; five grandchildren: Christian, Gretta, Cory, Jerrad and Glenna; one brother, Richard (Sandra) Vander Hyden of Greenfield; one sister, Ann Lindstrom of Boyceville; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Audrey; three infant sons: Bruce, Mark and Brian; one infant daughter, Beverly; one brother, Murvil Vander Hyden; and two sisters: Dorothy Carlson and Maisie Vander Hyden.


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Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.



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