Lance Owen Hewuse went home to be with the Lord after a brief illness being surrounded by his family on December 22, 2021. He entered his heavenly home and met Jesus face to face at the age of 77.
He graduated from Pittsville High School and went on to study Biblical Ministries at Briercrest Bible Institute in Caronport, Saskatchewan. He went on to a career at the Port Edwards Paper Mill as a pipefitter on the mill’s maintenance team for 30-plus years. He was a member of the SteamFitters Union Local 434. After holding several different positions within the company, he retired from the Domtar paper mill as a planner in 2007.
Lance enjoyed fishing, hunting, building projects, home maintenance, remodeling projects, kayaking, snowshoeing, and boating. He was an active member at Christian Life Fellowship Church (Port Edwards, WI) for over 30 years. He was involved in leading Royal Rangers and served as an Elder of the church. Lance went on several project mission trips, helping to build churches in Jamaica, Columbia, Aruba, and Argentina. He opened his home as a foster parent for several children in Wood County for nearly a decade.
Later in life on November 14, 2008, Lance married Theda, “his precious stone” as he called her. They enjoyed doing so many things together and just a year ago they found their special cabin up north where they enjoyed time together on the water fishing, kayaking and just enjoying the beauty of God’s creation in the Northwoods.
Lance was an active member at Christ Community Church in Schofield for a number of years teaching Bible Studies with the young men of his church. He was always that friendly face who greeted everyone with a smile and made them feel welcomed.
During his retirement years, Lance served 7+ years as a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity of Wausau. He was an incredibly important part of their team and a close friend to many. He dedicated countless hours to supporting Habitat and always did it with a smile on his face and a donut (or two) in his hand. He was truly one of the really good guys who made life so much easier because they all knew they could rely on him and trust that he would put Habitat’s best intentions at the forefront. Lance was a store team lead and served on their Store Committee, he was one of the forklift and box truck drivers, a salvage lead, a donation pricing lead, handled countless building repairs and improvements, and knew more about the store than anyone else. He will be missed tremendously, not just for what he did for Habitat…but for who he was.
Lance was a follower of Jesus Christ and lived his life loving and helping others. If there was ever something that needed to be fixed—just call Lance. He did everything to perfection because he always paid attention to detail in such a good and particular way.
While Lance did so many things in life, his greatest impact was made on people’s hearts through his kindness, his positive attitude, his love for his wife, children, grandchildren, and most importantly to God.
Lance is survived by his wife Theda of Mosinee and his children, Natasha (Hewuse) Leahigh of Hanover, IN, Chad Hewuse of Wisconsin Rapids, Travis (Heidi) Hewuse of Lexington, KY, Whitney (Alex) Anderson of Tripoli and Kera Hewuse of Wisconsin Rapids, Eric (Anna) Neubauer of Lacey, Washington, and Nicole (Justin) Gaiche of Mosinee. He is survived by his grandchildren Josiah, Judah, Ava, Brezden, Greyson, Paige, Chase, Eli and Jackson. He is also survived by brothers Vance (Carol) Hewuse of Colorado Springs, CO and Tod Hewuse of Spencer, as well as sisters Dale (Jim) Rothberg of Colorado Springs, CO, Dallis Hewuse of Hillsboro, OR and Jeri Ashbeck of Wisconsin Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edith & Gerald Hewuse and brothers Mark Hewuse and Monte Hewuse.
A celebration of Lance’s life will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at Christ Community Church, 8100 Alderson St, Schofield, WI at 4:00 pm. Visitation will take place prior from 1:00 pm until the time of service.