Paul R. Berntson

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Paul R. Berntson, 73, of Grindle Lake, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Paul was born on March 18, 1945, in Milwaukee to the late Burnett and Thelma (Fenney) Berntson. He served his country in the United States Army for three years, from 1965 to 1968. Paul married Darleen Wilson on March 18, 1967. For many years, Paul and Darleen lived in West Allis before retiring to Grindle Lake. Paul was a talented wood carver. He greatly enjoyed camping, traveling, playing dominoes and cards, spending time with his grandchildren, and watching birds. Paul was a member of Tabor Lutheran Church, the Crooked Lake-Mountain Lions Club for 15 years, and the GLALA.

Paul is survived by his wife of 51 years, Darleen; two sons, Bob Berntson and Bret (Nichole) Berntson; five grandchildren, Shea, Megan, Ciera, Ryan and Britney (Jason); two great-grandchildren, Torin and Teagan; a sister, Ann (Ken) Johnson; and an aunt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Carolyn and Kristine; and mother- and father-in-law.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain from 10 a.m. until the memorial service at noon with Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at

Special thanks to Unity Hospice and their staff for the care and compassion offered to Paul and his family during their time of need, as well as “My Guys” who were always there when he needed them.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated.