Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
David R. Lenz
Service: June 8, 2012
David R. Lenz
David R. Lenz, 68, of Jefferson, formerly of Watertown, passed away at his home on Monday evening, June 4, 2012, surrounded by his family who cared for him during his final earthly struggle.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, with the Rev. Brett Brauer officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery in Watertown.
The visitation will be at the Hafemeister Funeral Home on Friday, June 8th from 4 to 7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.
David Richard was born in Watertown on November 24, 1943, son of Clarence and Evelyn (Rabbach) Lenz. He was a 1962 graduate of Watertown High School. David attended Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, Rupprecht Karl University in Germany, and Milton College from 1962 to 1967. In 1967, he received a B.A. Degree from Milton College in Milton, WI, majoring in Sociology-Psychology and minors in English, History and Philosophy.
David served as Watertown’s Mayor from 1987 to 1992 and was a former alderman for 16 years. He was instrumental in starting Watertown’s Riverfest Celebration. David also worked to establish Watertown's sister city in Uhersky Brod, Czech Republic. He had an endless devotion and passion for Watertown, the city where he was born and raised.
He was a member of the Rotary International, League of Wisconsin Municipalities, Finance and Taxation Committee, State Leagues Regional Coordinator, Resolutions Committee, National League of Cities Finance and Intergovernmental Relations Policy Committee. David was also a member of the Small Cities Council Steering Committee, the Governor’s Appointee Wisconsin Retirement Board, the Senior Member Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Senior Member Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence and the Society of American Value Engineers.
On June 15, 1968, he married the former Deborah Hartwig at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.
David was a member of the Wethonkitha Club and Trinity Lutheran Church, where he served on the church council and as an advisor of the youth group.
He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed fishing, reading, fixing things, and taking drives with his loving wife.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie of Jefferson; his three children, Erika (Eric) Olson of Sun Prairie, Christian “Lenzer” Lenz of Jefferson and Katherine (Andrew Wells) Lenz of Peshtigo; his two grandchildren, Emily Olson and Ian Olson; a sister, Barbara Herried of Watertown; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
David was preceded in death by his parents.
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