HARVEY H. “HARV” FASSE

Harvey H. “Harv” Fasse, age 87, of 231 Crestwood Drive, Sheboygan Falls, died at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice after a brief illness on Tuesday morning, Jan. 21, 2014,

Harvey H. Fasse was born July 22, 1926, in the town of Sheboygan Falls, the youngest of four children, to Rudolf and Emilie (Krueger) Fasse. He was baptized and confirmed at Saron UCC in the town of Sheboygan Falls. He attended Prange Elementary School and graduated from Sheboygan Falls High School in 1944.

After graduation, he immediately enlisted in the USMC during World War II and fought in the Battle of Okinawa with the First Marine Division in the Pacific Theatre. He was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. After being hospitalized for six months in various hospitals, he was honorably discharged in January of 1946.

He met Ruth H. Ponath at a dance at Crystal Lake. On May 7, 1949, they were married at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan and celebrated 64 years of marriage in 2013.

He founded Fasse Paint and Decorating Company in 1963. Along with his wife, Ruth, they expanded the original company to include an automotive, aerosol and industrial line of products. He was known throughout the county for his expertise in color matching. In his high school yearbook, his art teacher wrote that his lifetime career would involve something to do with color … how right she was.

After retirement at age 65, he continued to work in research and development of new products for Fasse Paint Co. At age 78, he developed a water and solvent base line of stain and called it Triclad, which is now being distributed throughout the United States.

He has been an active member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls since 1959, serving on the church council and various other committees.

He was a 64-year member of the American Legion Post 149 of Sheboygan Falls, a 40-year member of the Sheboygan Falls Lions Club and also a member of the DAV.

In 1975, Harvey and Ruth fulfilled a longtime dream by building a cottage in Pembine, Wis. Along with nurturing and maintaining it in prime condition, he and Ruth enjoyed entertaining their children, grandchildren, and many other family members and friends. Snowmobiling, fishing, ATV rides and campfires were some of the things they enjoyed doing. The grandchildren all looked forward to spending time up north with their grandparents.

Harvey and Ruth enjoyed traveling to many places throughout the country and world including Alaska, Germany, Italy, and their yearly winter vacation in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Harvey’s love of nature was expressed in the way he lovingly tended to his trees, plants and birds. No bird ever left his yard hungry.

In September 2010, Harvey was extremely proud and excited to have participated in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., chaperoned by his son, Jim. Harvey was the First World War II Veteran to be recognized for his service since initiating the Military Veterans program at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.

Harvey is survived by his loving wife, Ruth, of 64½ years; one son, James (Karen) Fasse of Sheboygan Falls; two daughters, Dr. Christal (Dr. James) Daehnert of Laguna Beach, Calif., and Carrie (Stuart) Lutzke of Sheboygan; five grandchildren, Patrick (Claudine) Fasse, Elburn, Ill.; Dr. Trisha Fasse-Neerhof (Greg) of Greenbush; Dr. Jessica Daehnert Denbo (Trevor) of Laguna, Calif.; Kimberly Lutzke of Boston, Mass., and Brenda Lutzke (fiancé, Joshua Bintzler) of Sheboygan; two great-granddaughters, Harper Ann Neerhof and Madeline Skye Fasse and two step great-grandchildren, Jake and Nicki. Harvey will be dearly missed by his loving family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Emilie; one brother, Willard and his wife, Emily; two sisters and their spouses, Vernita and Arthur Anger and Loraine and Harvey Sebald; and many other close relatives and friends.

A memorial service with military honors, to celebrate Harvey’s life, will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at St. Paul Lutheran Church on County Road PPP in Sheboygan Falls with Pastor Tom Gudmundson officiating.

Family and friends may call upon the family at church Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 5 p.m.

For additional information and online condolences, please visit www.wenigfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in his name will be established for St. Paul Lutheran Church and Sharon S. Richardson Hospice.

The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is serving the Fasse family.

The family of Harvey Fasse is sincerely appreciative of the compassion, concern, and support given to Harvey and his family, during his brief illness, by the staff of Sheboygan Senior Community and the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice.


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