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Wayne Evan Borseth

DE PERE, Wis. - Wayne Evan "Waino" "Hush" Borseth, a long time resident of Bessemer and Bergland, Michigan, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in DePere. He passed away with his family by his side after celebrating his 95th birthday on Monday.

Wayne was born in Bergland, on Oct. 12, 1925, to Ralph and Cecil Borseth. He graduated from Bergland High School in 1943 in the Top 10 of his class. He served his country as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.

He was married to Mary Lulich in 1947, and celebrated 72 years of marriage before Mary's passing in July 2019. Wayne was an active member of our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bessemer and Trinity Lutheran Church in Bergland, as well as the Bergland American Legion Post 562.

Wayne worked at the White Pine mine and Weidmann and Edward Hines Lumber before running his own businesses in Ironwood, Michigan. Some of those businesses he owned or was part owner of were Ironwood Lumber, Bighorn Lumber in Laramie, Wyoming, VE Ahonen Lumber in Marquette, Michigan, Land O' Lakes Lumber, Sugar Camp Lumber, Superior American Homes, Three Lakes Distributing and NEY Inc., which built the existing Antonio's restaurant in Bergland. He also built a development north of Bergland on Mary Lane named after his wife.

Wayne enjoyed his cottage at Lake Gogebic, a central gathering point for family and friends, where lots of laughs and memories were made. Whether it was roasting a pig, playing cribbage, enjoying a cold beer with tomato juice or drinking a "brandy Man," Waino was always up for a good time. He always followed his children and grandchildren's sporting events and was the No. 2 fan of his son Kevin's women's basketball teams.

Waino enjoyed reading and was considered by his family as a walking encyclopedia, a human calculator and a historical wizard. Whether it was history from the civil war or the Bergland area, Waino was on top of it. He enjoyed talking on the phone and his famous "Hello now" greeting will be forever missed.

He dedicated his life to his family and took pride in caring for his wife Mary, children and grandchildren.

Wayne is survived by his four children, Joy (Bob) Young of Croswell, Michigan, Mark (Lisa) of Wausau, Kevin (Connie) of De Pere, and Becky of Woodstock, Georgia; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, one grand dog, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Ralph and Kale; and his wife, Mary.

Wayne's family would like to thank the staff at Allouez Parkside Village for their compassionate care.

Memorial services will be held Friday, Oct. 23, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bergland at 11 a.m. EDT, with the burial to follow at the Bergland Cemetery alongside Mary. Due to COVID, no luncheon will be served.

Condolences may be sent to: Borseth, 1144 Palomino Court, De Pere, WI 54115.