Obit: Schlising, Roger (1923 - 1947)

Poster: Jenni Lewerenz



Surnames: Schlising, Lewerenz

---Source: The Tomahawk Leader (Tomahawk, Lincoln Co., Wis.) Thursday, March 6, 1947

Funeral Services Held For Airplane Victims

Double funeral services for plane accident victims Roger Schlising and Ellis Lewerenz were conducted at the Congregational church at 2 p. m. last Monday, Mar. 3, by the Rev. W. A. Smith. Wurl Post No. 2687, Veterans of Foreign Wars, provided a Guard of Honor for the veterans of World War II, from 12 o’clock Monday until the hour of service. Orl Polege, VFW commander, conducted the ritual at each grave in Greenwood cemetery. He was assisted by Oscar Olson, acting as post chaplain, and Ed. Comeau, Officer of the Day. Members of the Wurl Post Auxiliary Unit sang “Sleep, Soldier Boy, Sleep”, and volleys fired by a Squad of Honor was followed by taps blown by Wurl Post Bugler, Howard Wurl.

Roger Schlising

Roger Schlising was born in Livingston, Wis., on September 10, 1923, and came to Tomahawk with his family while still a small child. He attended Hiawatha school and was graduated from the Tomahawk high school with the class of 1941. Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities he entered the U. S. Army and served overseas in the European Theater of Operations with the famous Eighth Air Force as an Engineer-Gunner on a B 17. He was stationed in England at Kettering Field and from that base made 32 missions against the enemy. For service against the Axis he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He also wore the Good Conduct Medal and European Theater Ribbon. After his return to the United States he was stationed at Amarillo, Texas where he joined the Air Force Command and was than sent to Hamilton Field, Cal., where he remained for eight months before being honorably discharged from the service Nov. 1, 1945 with the reank of Technical Sergeant. Roger is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schlising, a brother, Kenneth, of Tomahawk, and a grandmother, Mrs. Marie Schlising, of Chicago. The pallbearers were Roy Shores, Frank Schmidtbauer, Alex Liberty Jr., Clarence Taylor, Richard Olson and Robert Zeitelhack.

Ellis Lewerenz

Ellis Lewerenz was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy B. Lewerenz. He was born Jan. 5, 1927 in this city and attended Tomahawk public schools. He was graduated from the Tomahawk high school with the class of 1944, and entered the U. S. Army in Marsh, 1945.

After receiving training in the United States he was sent to overseas duty in the Philippines and later served in the Hawaiian Islands. Ellis served in the U. S. Army Air Corps, and received his honorable discharge from that branch of service in October 1946.

He entered the University of Wisconsin Extension Division at Merrill during the second semester which began only a few weeks ago. Ellis is survived by his parents, a brother, Harold, all of Tomahawk, and two sisters, Mrs. A. E. (Vida) Schlising, Tomahawk, and Clarice Lewerenz who is attending the American University in Washington, D. C. The pallbearers were Albert Kuehling, Irvin Rutter, Keith Randall, Ed Perkins, Norman Stiff and Gordon Mitchell. Mourners from out of the city who attended the double funeral service included Miss Clarice Lewerenz, Washington, D. C., Miss Maeta Lewerenz, Whitewater, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. Carl Lewerenz and daughter, Velda, and Mrs. Otto Lewerenz, all of Neillsville; Mr. and Mrs. Carlin Stevens, Merrill; Mrs. Marie Schlising, Chicago; Faith Rosche, Skokie, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Priewe, Milwaukee; and Mrs. Joseph Anderson, Lester Anderson, Carl Anderson and Carl Miller, all of Weyauwega, Wis. A large number of students from the Merrill Extension Division attended the funerals in a body.


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