Alvin Liske 1929-2019

Alvin Liske

Alvin Liske, 90, a town of Browning resident, died on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Aspirus Medford Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Funeral services for Alvin will take place on Monday, June 3 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medford with Rev. Jeffrey Mahnke officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church that morning. Burial will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.
Alvin was born on Jan. 5, 1929 at the family home in the town of Browning, the son of  Emanuel and Mary (Frey) Liske. He graduated from Birchwood School and Medford High School in 1947. He also attended and completed several training courses over the years. He married Edna Alice Miller on Oct. 4, 1952 at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Medford and she preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2016. With the help of his family, they owned and operated a 560 acre dairy farm in the town of Browning from 1948 until 1991. They planted 250,000 trees and built three fish and wildlife ponds. While farming, he worked as an insurance agent for Mutual Service Insurance from 1961-1986, Little Black Mutual Insurance from 1961-2000, worked at Strebig Auto, Steel Structures and worked as the town of Browning highway superintendent from 1956-1961. He was a census bureau crew leader, clerk at Birchwood School from 1950-1958, served as chairman of the school consolidation committee, was first president of the newly formed Medford Area School Board from 1961 to 1973 and helped develop the Medford School Forest. In 1978 he received the State Wildlife Award. Alvin was a member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served on the church council and was the financial secretary. On Feb. 22, 1954, Alvin entered the neighbor’s burning home and rescued the mother and three children. He then received the Medford Chamber of Commerce award in recognition of bravery and heroism. Alvin loved the outdoors, nature, trapping, hunting and fishing.
Alvin served on the board of directors of Taylor Electric Co-op for periods of time while holding various positions during his 33 years on the board. He served as secretary/treasurer for the Taylor County Association of Cooperatives from 1955-1960, along with director of the board of Taylor Credit Union from 1962-2001.
Alvin is survived by his children, Donald (Sandy) Liske of Medford and Mark Liske of Duluth, Minn.; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Roland (Ila) Liske of New Berlin.
In addition to his wife, Alvin was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Shirley in 2010; siblings, Edmund, Raymond and Marvin Liske, Lillian Wanker, Helen Miller and Ester Billows.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church and School of Medford.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit

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