Lauren J. Nashlund

Lauren J. Nashlund, age 81, formerly of Chetek, Wis., died Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, at Barron Care and Rehab.

He was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1940 and moved to Chetek’s Silver Birch Resort with his parents, Julius and Edna Nashlund, and his sister, Anita.

Lauren graduated from Chetek High School and then from the University of Wisconsin-Superior with a music major. He became a band and choir director but art and decorating were his true loves. Lauren became an associate of Ethan Allen Galleries in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Kentucky.

Returning to the Twin Ports, he crafted many displays for Duluth’s marine museums, including the Edmund Fitzgerald that is still on display. Retiring to Chetek, he became curator of the Chetek Area Museum where his many displays are still exhibited.

Lauren lived in nursing homes his last 15 years, having suffered a devastating stroke in July of 2005. His friends will remember him for his intelligence, wit and love of animals.

Please contact family at Memorials may be sent to the Chetek Area Historical Society, PO Box 317, Chetek, WI 54728.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

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