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Loren Cahak

Loren J Cahak

Friday, February 28th, 1930 - Friday, June 26th, 2020
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Loren Joseph Cahak, age 90, passed away on June 26, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Loren was born in Antigo, WI on February 28, 1930, to Edith Mary (King) and Emil Raymond Cahak. Loren went to 13 different schools in numerous cities while growing up, as his dad sought better job opportunities, and then graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1948. He and his best friend, Les Carlson, joined the army after graduating, where he served for 2 years then returned to Rhinelander. He began working in his dad’s grocery store and tried other sales work, selling Electrolux vacuums, Fuller brushes, and sold meat from Schwan’s trucks. He then became interested in a particular girl, Dorothy Marie Ehmann, they married in Rhinelander on July 5, 1952. After about a year, he started his own grocery store, Loren’s Food Shop, which he ran for about 21 years. With the advent of supermarkets, he looked for more opportunities and started buying duplexes and became interested in real estate, which he sold for about 8 years. He continued to look for buys on rental units and at one time had 56 units which became their livelihood and provided a comfortable retirement. Loren was a founding member of Northwoods Rental Properties, a former member of the Rhinelander Lion’s Club, and a regular blood donor. He and Dorothy were very involved in St. Mary’s church (now Nativity of Our Lord) where he ushered.

Loren and Dorothy enjoyed traveling all over the US and abroad. After retiring, they traveled the country in their RV to see their kids and stayed in TX during the winters. They moved to Port Washington to be closer to family the last few years. Loren is survived by his children Joe (Beth) of Ramona, CA, Dave (Sheila) of Bishop, CA, Cathy (Dennis) Angell of Coon Rapids, MN, Mary (Glen) Kraetsch of Harshaw, Amy (Scott) Hagen of Reno, NV, Susie McVicker of Cape Carteret, NC, Patty (Dick) Martin of Colorado Springs, CO, Peter (Lisa) of Fort Worth, TX, Barb (Russ) Steinmetz of Port Washington, Paul (Heidi) of Menasha, and Mark (Patty) of Oak Creek. He is also survived by 27 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy Marie (Ehmann) Cahak, of 67 years in March of this year, his parents, and siblings Lee, Mike, and Ollie Sonsthagen. A memorial service will be planned in the future.
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Gregg Rogers

Posted at 05:43pm
I was fortunate to be around when Loren and Dorothy visited Mom and Dad in recent years. What struck me, after all those years, Loren still had that special glint in his eye, along with a smiling face to share. Many memories of fun times up in Rhinelander. They both were fine folks. The finest.
Gregg Rogers
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Julian Rogers

Posted at 06:35pm
In loving memory of Loren. The Rogers Family
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Julian Rogers

Posted at 06:24pm
Dear Cahak Family,

Sending you our deepest sympathies and prayers. Thinking of you all and of many great memories our families share. With love,

Julian Rogers and Family
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