Elmer Peter Mages, 74, of Arbor Vitae, passed away peacefully on April 27 at Marshfield Medical Center in Minocqua.
His loving family includes his wife, Lynn of 47 years; daughters Lindsey (Jon Sosso) Mages, Lauren (Isiah Burks) Mages, brother John (Joan) Mages, sister-in-law Antoinette Mages, brother-in-law Barry (Patricia) Rabl and many nieces, nephews and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Colonel Frances X (Marian) Mages, his sister Eleanor Rozum, brother-in-law Gerald Rozum and brother Robert Mages.
He was born on November 22, 1947 in Milwaukee, and later graduated from Messmer High School in 1965 and went on to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee where he received his BA in business. He proudly enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to the Thirty-Three Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron on the USS Ranger.
Elmer had a successful career in sales and marketing with Proctor & Gamble and DCI Marketing (Milwaukee). He later moved “Up North” and co-managed the Whitetail Lodge with his wife, Lynn until his retirement. He continued to stay busy after retiring and enjoyed working part-time for VRI.
Elmer was happiest when he was in the company of family and his many friends. He will be remembered for his loving devotion to his family, his adventurous spirit, quick wit, and his “gift of gab.”
The Mages family would like to extend a sincere thank you to his medical providers, Drs. David Polomis, Demet Yasar, Calistie Kumbier PA-C and the numerous other staff members of the Marshfield Medical Center in Minocqua, Marshfield and Weston for the loving care they gave Elmer.
A celebration of life will be held at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, remembrance donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
We will forever miss the “Desperado.”
Online condolences may be shared at www.nimsgernfuneral.com. Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family.