Lawrence E. Buhrandt

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Lawrence Edward Buhrandt, 86, of Suring, passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, July 20, 2017. He was born on Nov. 1, 1930, in the town of How to the late Ernst and Lydia (Pfieffer) Buhrandt.

Lawrence attended Hayes Brook School and St. John Lutheran School before graduating from Suring High School in 1948.

On Oct. 27, 1951, Lawrence married Darlene Gardebrecht at St. John Lutheran Church in Hayes. The couple lived in the Suring and Hayes areas for all 65 years of their marriage. Following their marriage, he worked at Manthei’s Cheese Factory, Ford Garage and Suring Co-op prior to purchasing three farms in the town of How. Lawrence enjoyed farming when he wasn’t hunting, fishing or cooking maple syrup.

Lawrence served on the Town of How Board and as chairperson for many years, as well as town fire warden for 50 years. In addition, he was an Oconto County Board supervisor for 13 years and served on the Suring Mercantile Board for many years.

Lawrence was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church in Hayes.

Lawrence is survived by his wife, Darlene; five children, Steve (Judy), Ruth (Steve) Giese, Linda (Steve) Druckrey, Larry and Jason (Tammy); nine grandchildren, Jeremy, Kelly Jo, Vanessa, Benjamin, Brittany (Matt), Brennan, Hope, Faith and Nicholas; eight great-grandchildren, Connor, Garret, Elliot, Madelaine, Carson, Indie, Owen and Creed; and nine brothers and sisters. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Visitation was held on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at St. John Lutheran Church, Hayes, from 1 p.m. until the funeral service at 4:30 p.m. with Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating. Lawrence was interred in St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.