Floyd “Shutzie” Haupt passed away on Tuesday, July 19 at Cedar Creek Manor under Hospice care.
He was born on May 13, 1928, in Wausau, WI to Carl F. William and Emma Frances (Polster) Haupt. He married Alice Marie Yirkovsky on May 20, 1950, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Mosinee. She preceded him in death on March 22, 2000.
Floyd grew up on a farm until 6 years old with his 8 siblings and parents. After the untimely death of his father, they moved to many houses on the Northwest side of Wausau. He attended the Little Red School House and Grant School and graduated from Wausau High School in 1946. He then began his career working in the trucking business just as his brother’s had before him.
He started at Stefke Freight Company (1943-1958) where he met his wife, Alice and made many life-time friends. After a brief time at Foreway Express (1958-1960) he went to work at Marathon Electric (1960-1962) and went to IBM school as the computer industry started to enter companies. He worked on the first computers that were as big as a room and could type faster than the machines allowed, breaking them many times. He worked in Madison for one year but then returned to the family trucking business at Valley Express in Wausau (1962-1973). He became vice-president and helped his brother in the trucking operations. After his brother passed away, he went to work for Foreway Express (1973-1991) and told the boss he just wanted to drive truck. For the rest of his life, he said that was the best decision he ever made. He was happy with his work, knew many people delivering all over Wausau, was always working on something and enjoyed life with his family and friends.
He loved the outdoors including fishing, hunting, camping and even kayaking in his homemade boat. He always talked about his hunting trips to Montana and the New Wood, fishing trips to Canada with “the boys,” and for almost 40 years he had a seasonal trailer on Lake Muskellunge near Tomahawk where he caught many fish including one musky on an ultralight rod with 6-pound test, visited with fellow campers, watched fireworks, and enjoyed time with his wife and daughter as well as his grandchildren and other family and friends. He enjoyed woodworking and made some nice furniture too including a rocking kangaroo when his first grandchild was born. He also was an avid reader which he passed onto his daughter. He never did get over his love of computers and had his own computer and email address when the internet started. It amazed him that what had once been housed in a whole room was now in one little box sitting on his big desk.
Most important he was a faith-filled family man that taught his family about how to treat others, how to love, how to honor and respect and how to be a good person. He was immensely proud of his grandchildren and loved attending their sporting events and concerts. He was so happy and excited to share his love of hunting and fishing and camping with them and even endured playing games with them.
He was a faith filled man and belonged to Holy Name of Jesus parish for over 70 years helping count money and becoming a member of the Knights of Columbus. The biggest lesson he taught was to treat others the way you want to be treated. He was a wonderful example of this as he always treated people with kindness and respect.
He also had a funny side and could tell many funny stories that had people laughing hard. He carried on the family tradition of nick names and gave many nick names to his family members. He enjoyed making jokes and sharing a laugh and always found someone to talk and joke with no matter where he was.
Besides his wife and parents, he is preceded in death by his twin sons, John and Robert, his 8 siblings: Clarence, Carl William (Bill), Arnold, Norman, Earl, Doris Atkinson, Lorraine Lowry, and Mari Young and many other family and friends especially his FWD club members Wilbur Kohnhorst and Dale Knetter.
Survivors include one daughter Shelly (Mark) Borchardt, Mosinee, three grandchildren, Luke Borchardt, Madison, Emily Borchardt (Noah LaMaide), Stevens Point, and Jessica Borchardt, Mosinee and many very dear nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11:00 am, Monday, July 25, 2022, at Holy Name of Jesus, Wausau. The Rev. Samuel Martin will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery, Mosinee. Visitation will be Sunday, July 24, starting at 4:00 pm with a Rosary Service, then continuing until 7:00 pm at Beste Funeral Home in Mosinee. Visitation will continue Monday, from 10:00 am until time of services all at the church. Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.bestefh.com
The family would like to thank Cedar Creek Manor staff and Aspirus Hospice for wonderful care in the last year of Floyd’s life.