Friday, April 28, 2017



ADDRESS: 321 E. Allman, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:56 PM Thursday, April 27 at his residence in the City of Medford under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, May 1 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza & Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, May 1

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 28, 1928 at Medford

EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Catholic School, Medford and was a 1946 graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: February 18, 1950 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Mary Lou Brecke and she preceded him in death August 14, 1998

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: During high school, he worked for Peter Bootzin Feed Mill. After his education, he worked as a supervisor at Rib Lake Cheese and as a cheese grader at Wagner Cheese in Weyauwega. He and Gene Gebert owned & operated Wisconsin House of Cheese, a cheese mail order business for a period of time. In 1958, he began a career in insurance, retiring in 1990 from Les Hirt American Family Insurance Agency. Les was instrumental in building Memorial Hospital of Taylor County & recruited new doctors to come work in Medford. He also was a founding board member of the former Medford National Bank. He served as a Taylor County deputy coroner for a period of years. In 1974, he received the Medford Chamber “Man of the Year Award”.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where he ushered for 65 years; 25year member of the Medford Volunteer Fire Department; Medford Catholic Knights of Columbus

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Mary Lynn (Marc) Kleist, Jeannie (Ed) Hemmer, Carol (Pat) Chariton & Dan (Randi) Hirt all of Medford & Debbie (Jim) Gutknecht of Marinette

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 10 – Marcus (Kelly) Kleist, Shawna (Mike) Rau, Sarah (Rusty) Herman, Megan (Jason) Hemmer, Nicole (Dave) Holtz, Eric Gutknecht, Chelsey (Brandon) Simon, Ashley Borman, Erin & Kelli Hirt GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 13

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Joan Ness of Medford, Rita Jakel of Barron
Sister-in-law: La Nae Werner of Medford


DECEASED FATHER: Louis Hirt DECEASED MOTHER: Clara Josephine (Gruny) Hirt

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons – Marcus Kleist & Eric Gutknecht; Great Grandsons – Josh & Jake Rau, Riley & Carson Kleist

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Hope Hospice of Medford
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