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Obituary: Arthur Frank Lautenbach

June 22, 1935 – May 8, 202

Arthur “Art” Frank Lautenbach, age 88, of the Town of Jacksonport, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at his home.

Art was born into the embrace of rural life on June 22, 1935, to Ethel (Paschke) and Frank Lautenbach. Art attended Sunny Point School and Sevastopol High School. He cultivated a passion for dairy farming at a young age when he left Sevastopol High School in the 10th grade to operate his family’s farm when his father became ill.

On Oct. 27, 1956, he married Patricia “Pat” Johnson at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He worked for the Door County Highway Department before they bought their farm in 1961, which is still being farmed by his family today. Over the years, they added to the farm by purchasing neighboring farms while raising nine children.  

Life on the farm was marked by the gentle rhythm of teamwork, with the task of tending to the land and its creatures. Every member of the family knew their role and place in the daily operation of the farm. There was always work to do, from milking cows, feeding calves, picking stones, planting, harvesting crops, and baling hay. Which was probably the hardest work ever done on hot summer days, but it was also the most fun. At the end of the day, we all felt a sense of accomplishment. Art and Pat taught valuable life skills and created lasting memories.

Art was a visionary, always at the forefront of adopting progressive techniques and sustainable practices. He pursued a dream of raising bison for many years. His farm was a testament of progressive innovation, commitment, and dedication. In addition to managing a large dairy operation, he did custom harvesting of grain and hay, having one of the first large square balers in the county. He baled hay for farmers from Sister Bay to Little Sturgeon.

His impact extended beyond his own pastures, he was a mentor to countless aspiring young farmers, generously sharing his knowledge and experience to nurture the next generation of farmers.  

One of his greatest joys in life was the bond he shared with his grandkids Lloyd, Paul, Lindsay, and Megan. Their days were filled with laughter, stories, and shared adventures on the farm. As they worked side by side, he taught them not only the skills of farming, but also the values of hard work, integrity, and compassion. He was very proud of the young adults and what they have become.

Art’s spirit will live on in the lush fields that he tended and the lives that he influenced.

He is survived by his wife, Pat; children, Cindy (Lloyd) Parsly, Art Lautenbach, Laureen Lautenbach, Mike (Lois) Lautenbach, Jeff (Tina Ostrand) Lautenbach, Gloria (Mark Hasenjager) Lautenbach, Tim (Lisa) Lautenbach, and Tom (Jill) Lautenbach; son-in-law, Stephen Fletcher; grandchildren, Lloyd, Katie, Kaiela, Timothy, Paul, Lindsay, and Megan; great grandchildren, Devan, Nate, Michael, Zoey, Jaxson, Benjamin, Oliver, Milo, and Lucille; sister, Delores Schuyler; brothers, Wayne (Diane) Lautenbach and Leslie (Jeannette) Lautenbach; and sister-in-law, Kathy Johnson. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Art was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Anne (Lautenbach) Fletcher (2023); sister and brother-in-law Mary Jane and George Klein; brother-in-law, Chan Schuyler; parents-in-law, Viola and Hans Johnson; brothers- in-law and their wives, Al and Clara Johnson, Irvin and Betty Johnson, Raymond Johnson, Roger and Bonnie Johnson, and Kenneth Johnson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Art, on Friday, May 17, 2024, at 11 am at Stella Maris – Jacksonport Site, 6236 WI-57, with Fr. Thomas Farrell officiating. Burial will in St. John the Baptist Cemetery in Egg Harbor following mass. Visitation will be at church on Friday from 9:30 am until the time of service.

Huehns Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Lautenbach family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Art may be shared with his family through his tribute page at huehnsfuneralhome.com.