Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral Home, with locations in Wausau and Weston.

Larry Seidler

Larry E. Seidler, 67, passed away at his home under Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

He was born Aug. 21, 1951, to the late Ervin and Loretta (Johnson) Seidler in Wausau. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1970, and married Jean Miller on May 22, 1976.

Larry Seidler

Larry proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War where he was stationed in Germany. He retired from a 32-year career at American Wood Fibers.

He enjoyed halibut and salmon fishing in Alaska, deer hunting, and was an avid bowler. Larry would do anything for anyone – often changing his plans to just help others. To his family, he was Mr. Fix-It and had an incomparable sense of humor. Many memories were made while Larry and his family built their cabin together up North. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchild. His smile will be missed by many.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jean; sons Chris Seidler and Jason Skilling; daughters, Jenny (Paul) Hantz and Jason Skilling; siblings, Jim (Barb) Seidler, Sarah (Greg) Falk, and Mike (Chrissy) Seidler; as well as three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Ken and Tom Seidler.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Brainard Funeral Home – Wausau Chapel, 522 Adams St., Wausau. Rev. Wes Jedras will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery. Military Honors will be performed by American Legion Montgomery-Plant-Dudley Post 10 and the United States Army.

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Jerry Hanson

Gerald “Jerry” Hanson, 82, Weston, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at Wausau Manor under Interim Hospice & Palliative Care.

Jerry Hanson

Jerry was born July 21, 1936, to the late Edwin and Pearl (Renstrom) Hanson. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.

Jerry was a very avid Wisconsin sports fan. He loved watching the Brewers and Badgers, but took a special interest with the Green Bay Packers-making sure to make a trip to Lambeau Field for every home game as long as he could. He also loved playing softball or going bowling in his younger years.

Jerry was proud to serve not only his country, but his community. He was a Past Exalted Ruler of Wausau Elks Lodge #248 and 7th District Commander for the VFW. He was especially proud to travel on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight in 2016.

He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit and his very social personality.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. A Lodge of Sorrow will be performed by the Wausau Elks Lodge #248, as well as Military Honors by the United States Marine Corps.

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Ronald Meyer

Ronald L. Meyer, 59, of Phillips passed away on Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at the Marshfield Medical Center.

Ronald Meyer

He was born on July 29, 1959, in Joliet, Illinois, to Patricia (Taplin) and Ronald Meyer, and was married to Susan Hoffman on Sept. 15, 1984, in Phillips. He had served in the U.S. Navy.

His interests included watching the Packers and Badgers, Sunday Funday, bocce ball, playing cards, hunting and fishing, and he was an avid softball player.

Survivors include his wife, Susan; daughters, Tricia and Shannon; sons, Dustin (Amber) and Joshua (Kayla); grandchildren, Adelyn, Ashlyn, Jaylan and Karter; father, Ronald; brother, Kenneth (Lisa); and sisters, Wendy and Tammy. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia.

The family will be holding a private memorial service at a later date. Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit

Michael Long

Michael Allen Long, 53, of Wittenberg passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, at home.

Michael Long

Michael was born on Feb. 11, 1965, in Antigo, Wisconsin, the son of Dianne (Schrank) and the late James Long.

He loved his wife and family and was very proud of his three daughters. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed deer hunting with his friends and cousins. Michael graduated from Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School in 1983 and then joined the Navy. He then lived in Florida for 10 years until moving back to Wittenberg in 1995. He met his wife Michelle Racine shortly after, and they married on Oct. 26, 2002, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wittenberg. Mike was presently employed at Blount, Inc. of Wausau, where he has worked for 26 years.

Survivors include his wife,Michelle; three daughters, Onnica, Kendice, and Jordis; his mother, Dianne Long of Wittenberg, his mother and father-in-law, John (Julie) Racine of Mattoon; his sisters-in-law, Danielle (Scott) Meyer of Antigo, Ann Racine of Madison, and brother-in-law, Dustin Racine of Antigo; aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Long.

Memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg. Rev. Amy Perron will officiate. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

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