Loran Jay Fassbender, 95, longtime Barron County resident, passed from this life to his eternal life on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. At the time of his death, Jay was a resident of Dove Healthcare – West in Eau Claire, Wis.
Jay was born in Patch Grove, Wis., on July 4, 1924. He was the third of seven children born to James and Neva (Rockwell) Fassbender. He attended Mount Hope High School and graduated in 1942. While in high school, he met his future wife, Frances (Frankie) Gorton, and they were married on June 3, 1942, and relocated to Bloomer, Wis.
Jay served in the Army Air Corps in Europe from May 1943 until July 1945. Upon his discharge, he returned to Wisconsin to resume civilian life.
Jay and Frankie farmed in Sioux Creek Township, Wis., for several years before Jay took a job as fieldman for the Ridgeland Coop Creamery. This job led to a career in agriculture service, and in 1964, Jay accepted a job as milk inspector with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, a job he held for 25 years, retiring in 1989. Jay was an avid gardener who enjoyed hunting and fishing, raising registered shorthorn beef cattle and honeybees, and traveling throughout the U.S. and Canada. He was a fan of both the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers.
Jay is survived by two sons, Ron (Tere), of Kewaunee, Wis., and Bob (Sharon), of De Pere, Wis.; five grandchildren, Tom (Samantha) Fassbender, of Los Angeles, Calif., Mark Fassbender, of London, England, Carla (Scott) Kazura, of Cleveland, N.C., Laura (Mike) Curran, of Cross Plains, Wis., and Jennifer Fassbender, of New York, N.Y.; and four great-grandchildren, Francesca and Jacqueline Fassbender, of Los Angeles, and Ella and Anna Curran, of Cross Plains. Jay is also survived by brothers Delbert Fassbender, of Janesville, Wis., and John (Sharon) Fassbender, of Middleton, Wis.; and sister Janet Quale, of Jefferson, Wis.; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Jay was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Frankie; two brothers, Richard and Charles; and one sister, Janice.
Jay has requested a private graveside service. Interment will be at Otterholt Cemetery in Prairie Lake Township, Wis.
The Burnham-Ours-Kolstad Family Funeral Home of Chetek, Wis., has been entrusted with arrangements.