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Loren William Tell Wyss, age 92, beloved father, grandfather, uncle, and man of faith passed away Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Red Cedar Medical Center.

Loren was born on the family’s dairy farm in Stanton Township, Dunn County, to Swiss immigrant parents, Fred and Frieda Wyss on March 28, 1920.  He was baptized at the Annis Creek Congregation of the Menomonie German Lutheran Church located less than a mile from the Wyss farm.  He later confirmed his Christian faith at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

On October 15, 1948, Loren married Betty Anderson at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie and has remained a faithful member of that congregation since.  Loren worked for a time at the St. Paul Ford plant in 1948 and later as a mechanic for the Trans-Ocean Airlines in Oakland, CA before returning to Stanton Township to buy a farm and raise a family.   He was a progressive farmer, a trustee for the Tramway Cooperative Cheese Factory and served as a member of the Stanton Town Board.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty (Anderson); infant grandchildren, Julie Wyss and Taylor Weisenberger; parents, Fred and Freida (Schutz) Wyss; and siblings, Edward (Edna) Wyss, Alfred (Doris) Wyss, Harry (Angeline) Wyss, John (Marie) Wyss, Fred (Norma) Wyss, Rhinehart (Alice) Wyss, Hulda (Herb) Werner, Carl (Marian) Wyss, Adelia (Marvin) Husby and Margaret (Roy) Larson.

Loren is survived by his children, Dan (Cheryl) Wyss, Lorna (John) Pain, Tim (Patti) Wyss, Becky (Kent) Mayer and LeAnn (Steve) Weisenberger; grandchildren, John Wyss, Laura (Dan) Debee, Meg Pain, Andrea Pain, Meredith Pain, Rachel Pain, Andy (Jayme) Wyss, Kristin Wyss, Allyson Mayer, Sarah Mayer, Michael Weisenberger, Nick Weisenberger; sisters-in-law Doris Wyss and Marian Wyss and many nieces and nephews.

Loren was extremely proud of his Swiss heritage and traveled to Switzerland four times to visit family living there.  His most recent trip was in the summer of 2006.

The family expresses a special thank you to the staff at Comforts of Home in Menomonie for their loving care of Loren while he was a resident there.

Visitation was held at Olson Funeral Home, 615 Wilson Avenue, Menomonie, on Friday, November 23, from 4 – 7 p.m. and at the church one hour prior to the service on Saturday. A funeral service was held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 910 9th Street, Menomonie on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Pastor Heather Wigdahl officiating. Interment will be conducted at St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Menomonie.

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