In Memory of Lonnie Feuerhelm


4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sunday July 15, 2018
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011

Visitation - Day of Service

11:00 am
Monday July 16, 2018
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 pm
Monday July 16, 2018
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011


Monday July 16, 2018
Clayfield Catholic Cemetery
Cty. Rd. DD
Ellsworth WI,

Celebration of Life

2:00 pm
Monday July 16, 2018
Ellsworth Rod and Gun Club
W3930 US Hwy 72
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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Lonnie Feuerhelm, age 68 of Ellsworth WI, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Lonnie was born May 15, 1950 in Decorah IA to parents Ronald and Bernadine (Clancy) Feuerhelm. Lonnie graduated from Ellsworth High School with the Class of 1968, and went on to earn his Bachelors degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin River Falls. He would be united in marriage to Margaret Mary “Peg” Foy on June 13, 1970 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Red Wing. This union would be blessed with five children, nine grandchildren, and over forty-eight years of love and devotion.

Lonnie formed the Certified Public Accounting firm of Feuerhelm Langer Ltd in 1983. He was deeply rooted in the Ellsworth community, serving as a board member of the Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County, the Pierce Pepin Cooperative, and the Ellsworth Community School Foundation. He was a great advocate, promoter and sponsor for all things involving the Ellsworth community. Lonnie was also a member of the Ellsworth Rod & Gun Club, the Masons, and the Lions Club. He cherished time spent with his family and friends at the lake cabin, and enjoyed traveling, golfing, fishing, John Wayne movies, the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, and grilling. Lonnie was a renowned joke teller, who even donated his comedic services for a standup routine in El Paso as a fundraiser for breast cancer. Though he’ll be missed by many, Lonnie’s fun-loving side would give you a smile and want you to remember “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!”.

Lonnie is survived by his loving wife, Peg; his children, Matt (Kerry), Kit (Cindy), Shannon, Gabe (Katie), and Josh (Heidi); grandchildren, Kody (Casey), Jonah, Natalie, Erica, Nora, Lucy, June, Ruby, and Fletcher; his mother, Bernadine; his brothers, Dannie, Rickie, Jamie, and Scott, and sisters, Kathi, Nanette, Tambi, Kim, and Beth; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald; and parents-in-law, Robert and Berniece Foy.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12:00 noon on Monday, July 16, 2018 at the St Francis Catholic Church, 231 W. Woodworth St in Ellsworth, with Rev. Fr. Eric Dadson officiating. Burial will take place at the Clayfield Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to Mass, and also from 4:00-8:00pm on Sunday at the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 130 N. Grant Street, in Ellsworth. Following Mass and burial, a Celebration of Life will be held starting at 2:00pm at the Ellsworth Rod & Gun Club, 3930 Hwy 72, in rural Ellsworth. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth WI. 715-273-4421

Lonnie's Tribute Wall

Tributes (25):

  • Peggy and family- My sincere sympathy to all of you.
    I have enjoyed seeing Lonnie at Electric meetings the
    last 4 years. His support of coops and his community
    will be missed. I certainly enjoyed all his jokes and Its
    5 O’clock somewhere

  • Peggy and Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Lonnie prepared Robert and my tax papers for years. He was always so very helpful and kind. All are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care and God’s blessings.

  • Unfortunately I was unable to make the wake, but my family sends out our thoughts and prayers to your family on this loss. The Madsen’s

  • My deepest sympathy at this time of your loss. Words are inadequate at a time like this. He was taken much too soon.

    Lonnie started serving on the Pierce County Hunger Prevention Board as I was leaving, and his knowledge and experience gave me comfort, knowing that the Pierce County Food Pantry was in good hands – Lonnie’s hands. His passing is a painful loss to you, his family, and the whole community.

  • Peggy and family, I’m so sorry to hear about your tremendous loss of your loved one, I will remember all of you in my prayers

  • What a blessing Lonnie was to so many people. From doing taxes for the community, to being the best boss anyone could ask for, a friend, a mentor..Lonnie will be deeply missed. Prayers and thoughts go out to the entire family. The world lost a GREAT MAN!

  • Well this is never easy saying goodbye to a family member. Lonnie we are all going to miss you, golfing, cooking your world famous chicken, laughing with our family on Labor Day weekend, which is my favorite holiday of the year. My condolences to Peggy and my cousins, sorry I couldn’t make it up there. God bless our family, say hi to Ronny.

  • I just saw him a couple of days ago! We all lost a good friend. RIP my friend. Our condolences to the whole family.

  • Dear Feuerhelm Family,
    We are with you in thought and prayer during this difficult time.
    Truly saddened by the news.


  • You have my deepest sympathy. Hopefully, the memory of good times shared together will give you comfort during this time of loss.

  • I enjoyed working with Lonnie in the electric cooperative movement. He was always positive, upbeat and fun. He also took his duties seriously and shared his time with his community. We shared many laughs and I looked forward to our visits. My sympathy to his family in the sudden loss of this good man!

  • I am so truly sorry for your families loss. Whenever I was so lucky to run into Lonnie I loved our great chats. Such a wonderful man that I loved being around. My heart is hurting thinking of such a wonderful family having to go through this. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Lonnie’s family at this time.
    Lonnie was a giant of a man on the basketball court, business person and family leader. He will be missed by many.

    Denny Friese

  • Words cannot express how shocked and saddened I am to hear this news. You were a great man, and one of a kind. You’re already missed. Thoughts and prayers to all family and loved ones. I hope I can get the punch line right when I try to re-tell his jokes.

  • Please accept my condolences. I’ve only meet Lonnie a few times but he always was kind. Will always remember his smile.

  • We are shocked and very saddened to hearing of Lonnie’s passing. He was a very special man whom we loved spending time with at the family reunion! Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.

  • I am so glad I got to know Lonnie a little bit; what a great guy. My heart goes out to the entire Feuerhelm family. Lonnie, your generosity knew no bounds. Ellsworth lost a good man!

  • Peggy and Family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of Lonnie. I am so glad I met you and him when I ran for Miss Ellsworth. He was a great sponsor . My heart goes out to you all. Love , Your Queen Heidi

  • Oh Peggy and family John and I are just so sorry and shocked -hard to believe. Lonnie was a gem loved to laugh warm and friendly. He was so warm and friendly he will be greatly missed will pray for your heavy hearts