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Milton Vanasse, 82

Milton Robert Vanasse died peacefully at his Somerset home on Monday, Oct. 6, 2008. He was 82.

Milton, born on Feb. 24, 1926, was a lifelong resident of Somerset, Wis. and parishioner of St. Anne's Parish.

He is survived by Margaret (Kellaher) Vanasse whom he married in 1949 and five of their six children and their families: James of Naples, Fla. (Ruth Ann); Nicole and Austin Youngblood and their children, Keegan and Connor; Jason (Jennifer) and their children, Austin and Parker; Jon (Courtney); Mark (Agnes Ring) of Houlton, Wis., and their children Phillip and Thomas; (Jeanne, wife of the late Bryan Vanasse) of Somerset, and their families, Anthony (Tony) and Katie; Ryan and Erin and their son, Bryant; Steve and Elizabeth; Mary Wallace (Craig) of Woodbury, Minn. and their children Matthew, Michael and Megan; Carolyn of Elyria, Ohio and her children Sean and Breandan Yeats; Michelle Germain (Michael) of Hudson and their children Gavin, Brittany and Nicole.

Milton is also survived by sister Joanne Leverty and brother Andre Vanasse (Nancy), both of Somerset, sister-in-law Geneva of Bemidji, Minn., and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andre and Eleanore; sisters Ella and Dolores; brothers James and Noel; and son Bryan.

Milton joined the Army at age 18, serving 29 months in the 97th Division in a peace-keeping mission in Japan, where he served as a driver for the Army Corps of Engineers.

An avid fisherman and hunter, he enjoyed fishing excursions to Canada. He also enjoyed playing cards and attending the sports, school and arts events of his grandchildren. He and his wife Peg spent several winters in Florida.

A longstanding business owner and partner, his business affiliations included Milt's City Service Gas Station, Milt's Bus Service, Somerset Bottling, Apple River Campground and Countryside Apartments. He was instrumental in the acquisition and development of Veterans Memorial Park in Somerset.

Mass of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Somerset. Visitation Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service, all at the church.

The family prefers memorials donated to the Somerset Scholarship Fund.

Cullen Crea Funeral Home, 715-246-2667, handled the arrangements.