Cattanach, Lewis Walter (1878 - 1961)


Scott M. Dorn





----Source: Owen Enterprise, December 14, 1961



Death slipped into the peaceful sleep of L. W. Cattanach early Thursday evening with its beckoning call taking the spirit of one of Owens pioneer citizens into its heavenly realm. He would have observed his 83rd birthday anniversary Christmas Day. For the most part these many years have been blessed with a full healthy life of happiness and varried activity. His health began to fail noticeably several months ago.

Funeral services were conducted from St. Katherine's Episcopal Church, Owen, of which he was a charter and active member, at 1:30 pm Tuesday. Father John English officiated with burial being made at Riverside Cemetary, Withee. Pallbearers were Pete Madsen, L. E. Bulgrin, Harold Wendt, Harvey Weddig, Roll Haire, and Gordon Thorson. Honorary Pallbearers were EC Olds, Dr. MV Nason, Ben Bruchert, Walter Fritz, Henry Anderson, W. J. Mahoney Sr., Carl Halverson, William Mattson, Henry Wollum and W. P. Hilt.

Lewis Walter Cattanach was born December 25, 1878, at Nasonville, Wood County. On December 30, 1913, he was united in marriage to Nina Cornwell at Neillsville, Clark County. In 1916 the couple and family moved to Owen with Mr. Cattanach headquartering out of the Owen terminal while serving as a mail clerk on the railway. He held this position for 19 years until his appointment as postmaster in the city of Owen. He served the community in this capacity for 13 years until his retirement in 1934. Since that time he was engaged in the insurance business and for several years was associated with E. W. Kidd Wood Specialties.

Always an active civil leader he served for years on the county board as First Ward Supervisor, was a member of the World War II draft board, a charter memeber of the Owen Kiwanis Club, Meadowview Country Club, and the Owen Masonic Lodge. In addition he was also a member of the Consistory of Eau Claire and a member of the Zor Shrine, Madison.

Monday evening Masonic Rites were held at the Hoeper and Kraut Funeral Home with fellow brethren from the Owen, Thorp, Neillsville, Colby, Abbotsford, and Madison lodges paying their respects. Tuesday morning a requiem Mass was held at St. Katherine's Church.

Mourning his passing are his wife five sons, Bert of Owen, Robert of Thorp, James of Beaver Dam, Lewis of Kimberly and John of Wausau one daughter, Mrs. Hubert (Jean) Glenzer of Rhode Island one sister, Mrs. Lila Dunlap of Hopkins, IA 21 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.



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