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  Lester L. Judnic, 85, of Merrill, formerly of Rib Lake, passed away Thursday February 15, 2018 at Ascension Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill.

  Lester was born November 26, 1932 in the Town of Greenwood to Joseph and Mary (Mauser) Judnic. He married Marilyn M. Haas on June 23, 1962 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in the Town of Greenwood. Marilyn survives.

  He is further survived by his children: Debra (Tim) Zuelsdorff of Merrill, David (Melissa) Judnic of Wisconsin Rapids, Julie (Paul) Riemer of Rochester, MN, Kathy (Tim) Anderson of Merrill, Grandchildren: Megan, Katie, Brandon, Sydnie, Maggie, Luke, Sophie, Jake and Zach, Sisters Angeline Strebig of Medford, Rosie Schilling of Chicago, IL, Sisters in Law: Marcella Judnic of Medford, Arlene Judnic of Rib Lake, Brothers in Law: Edward (Elaine) Haas of Abbotsford, Alan (Kathy) Haas of Plover, and many nieces and nephews.

  He is preceded in death by his Parents, Siblings: Joseph Judnic, Mary Nezval, Carl Judnic, Clarence Judnic, Harvey Judnic and Betty Imbach.

  Lester served his country in the United States Army from May 1954 - May 1957, as a Clerk Typist.          Following the military he then went on to work in Milwaukee for Briggs and Straton. After several years he returned to Rib Lake and bought a dairy farm. Lester and Marilyn worked hard throughout the years on the farm and were very proud of it, winning several quality awards. In 1995, Lester sold the farm and retired.
  Lester loved his family dearly, and they were most important to him. He instilled that love in his children by traveling to visit family on a weekly basis, and spending time with them whenever possible.

  He was an avid Brewers and Packers fan. Lester loved his John Deere Model 620 tractor.
  A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday February 24, 2018 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Father Otto Bucher will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Ann’s Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 AM until the time of service.
  Memorial donations in honor of Lester can be given to his family, for designation at later date.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

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