HOLMEN — Art G. Mahlum, 83, of Holmen passed away peacefully Friday, June 2, 2017, at his home surrounded by family.
He was born in La Crosse County Sept. 16, 1933, to Arthur and Julia (Anderson) Mahlum. After graduating from Holmen High School he worked on a farm for one year. He then worked at Northern Engraving for six months, before starting at the Trane Co., in 1953. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954, and spent most of his time stationed in Germany. After his discharge, he returned to Trane Co., and attended two years at La Crosse Vocational School for woodworking. He retired from Trane in 1994, after 40½ years of service.
After returning home from military service, he married his high school sweetheart, Beverly Belling, Nov. 24, 1956. Together, they celebrated 60 years of marriage Nov. 24, 2016. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lewis Valley Lutheran Church. Upon marriage, he joined St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Onalaska and was a faithful member until the present.
Art is survived by his loving wife, Beverly; three daughters, Roxanne Becker of Madison, Wis., Renee (Norm Clark) Mahlum and Rhonda (Jeffrey) Hesselberg both of Holmen; a son, Rob (Sonya) Mahlum of Holmen; nine grandchildren, Matt (Carlie) Gullickson, Travis Gullickson, Claire Becker, Brian (fiance, Jenny) Becker, and Christy Becker, Taylor and Haley Hesselberg, and Marcus and Brett Mahlum; and three great-grandchildren, Trenton, Celia and Elaina Gullickson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant daughter; son-in-law, Todd Becker; sister, Alda Jordson; brother, Walter Mahlum; half-brother, Clinton Baker; brother-in-law, Robert Belling; and sister-in-law, Jeanette Belling.
With Art, family came first whether that was in the loving home that he built, at the land where his loved ones came to gather, or over a home cooked meal. He preferred small gatherings in order to have quality time with the ones he enjoyed. He filled his life with many interests, faith and church, attending activities to support his children and grandchildren, boating, attending many professional ball games, traveling with friends, monthly card games, camping, fishing and hunting. He enjoyed going to auctions and collecting, The Sons of Norway and spent many hours restoring his Ford tractor. His favorite place was “The Land,” which was 40 acres near the Black River. He was a very proud and humble man, thus he stayed out of the limelight, but was always our light and leader.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1201 Main St., Onalaska. Pastor Norris Baumann will officiate and burial with military honors will be in Greenmound Cemetery, rural Holmen. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until time of service Tuesday.
The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Onalaska or Gundersen Medical Foundation for Cancer Research. The family would like to thank the Gundersen Health System and the pastors of St. Paul’s.