Louis 'Louie' Cherney
Louis W. “Louie” Cherney, 81, Spencer, passed away on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center, while surrounded by his loving family. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m., on Monday, Jan. 21, at Christ The King Catholic Church in Spencer, with Rev. Samuel Martin officiating. Following the services, Louis was laid to rest in West Spencer Cemetery in the town of Sherman with military honors provided by the American Legion Post 54 of Marshfield. The honor of pallbearer belonged to Norbert Konrardy, Tom Fuller, Kenneth Breit, Mark Harrell, Henry Skrenes, Brian Hopperdietzel, Bryan Harrell and Harold Reader. Honorary pallbearers were his nephews: Richard Schmidt, Clay Reno, Craig Cherney, Cal Reno, and Nicholas Catura.
Louis was born on May 13, 1937, in Marshfield, the son of Louis and Mary (nee Willman) Cherney. He married Marlene Reno on Oct. 3, 1959, at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Marshfield. Louis faithfully served his country in the Army National Guard beginning in 1957 until his honorable discharge in 1964, while attaining the rank of staff sergeant. Louis started working early in life at Bluhm Brothers Box Company and Casa Loma Supper Club. He later worked for Rollohome as a carpet layer and Pathfinder in Spencer. In 1972, Louis and Marlene began farming in the town of Spencer and continued until retirement. He was a longtime member of Christ The King Catholic Church in Spencer, a lifetime member of American Legion Post 54 of Marshfield, and supervisor for the town of Spencer. Louie was always available to help everyone, helping neighbors with repairs to machinery or pulling them out of a muddy field with the tractor. He enjoyed spending time in the tractor, working the fields and milking his cows — greeting each one by name. His hobbies included woodworking and “tinkering” on just about anything. He loved his 10-20 McCormick Deering tractor, John Deere and International Harvester tractors, and was a “jack of all trades”. Probably though, his greatest love was going dancing with his dance partner, Marlene. Together they went to area dance halls dancing the polka and waltz as often as they could. He loved their time together. He enjoyed spending time with grandchildren, family and friends. Louie will be remembered most for his kindness and great sense of humor.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene, of Spencer; his daughters: Dorothy (Mark) Harrell, Phyllis (Henry) Skrenes, Kathy Cherney, and Michele (Brian) Hopperdietzel, all of Marshfield; his grandchildren: Angela (fiancé Harold Reader), Bryan (Rose) Harrell, Sara and Emily Hopperdietzel, and Alison Skrenes; a sister, Darlene (Allan) Schmidt of Marshfield; a brother, Charles (Ruth) Cherney of Marshfield; his brothers- and sisters-in law: James (Darlene Reno), Robert “Bob” Reno, and Anita (Brad) Catura; and many other relatives and friends, as well as his canine companion, “Lenny”.
Louis was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael; a granddaughter, Theresa Skrenes; his in-laws, Milton and Angeline Reno; his nephew, Charles Reno Jr.; and his brother-in-law, Charles Reno Sr.
Memorials in Louis’ name are being accepted by his family for a charity to be determined.
The family wants to extend its heartfelt appreciation to the Spencer Ambulance Service and to the physicians and staff at Marshfield Medical Center, in particular the emergency department and palliative care unit, for the care provided to Louie.
His arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer. Visit www.lifetributesfuneralhome.com to share condolences.