Ansel H. Heram

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Ansel H. Heram

April 19, 1925 - June 27, 2019

Ansel H. Heram Ansel H. Heram
God called Ansel, at the age of 94, home to be with Him Thursday, June 27, 2019.
He was born April 19, 1925, in Holmen, to Herman and Ella (Gilbertson) Heram. He graduated from Holmen High School in 1944. On July 24, 1948, Ansel married Illa Mae Wege at First Ev. Lutheran Church in La Crosse.
Ansel was an instructor in wood technics at Western Technical College for 30 years. His classes made several award-winning floats for the Oktoberfest parades. He was a master woodworker. In addition to teaching, he had his own shop - Heram Custom Woodworking. There he made furniture, grandfather clocks, church furnishings and kitchen cabinets, to name a few. He also made many Christmas gifts for his friends and family.
Ansel was a founding member of the Coulee Region Wood Turners Club. He enjoyed wood turning and made many unique and amazing projects. He was also very active in his church, First Ev. Lutheran Church in La Crosse.
Ansel was thankful for the care given to him by his family, many caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care and Gundersen Hospice.
Ansel is survived by his children, Dwayne (Patty) Heram of Dallas, Wis., Deanna Neubauer of La Crosse, Lynee (Greg) Larson of Austin, Minn., Kevin (Tammy) Heram of Onalaska and Luanne (John) Matuska of La Crosse; his grandchildren, Jason, Ashley (Dean), Mark, Hannah (Philip), Jon (Ludmila), Brian (Kelly), Michelle (Jason), Leah (Paul), Sarah (Dylan), Joanna, Jenny (Chris) and Chris (Holly); 22 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way; and two nieces, Linda (Ken) Melvin and Cathy (Jerry) Anderson. He was preceded in death by his wife, Illa Mae; his sister, Marion; and his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at First Ev. Lutheran Church in La Crosse. Pastor Roger Sachs will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Luther High School or First Ev. Lutheran Church. Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services of La Crosse is assisting the family. An online guest book is available at
Ansel was grateful to the Lord for richly blessing his life and family. He will be greatly missed.
Published on June 28, 2019
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Laura Horihan
Jul 04, 2019
Ansel was an excellent example of what it means to be an amazing human being! He taught me so much about life in general & woodworking in specific! I am forever grateful for his and his wonderful family's influence on my life.
I miss our excursions out to places like Linda's Bakery for coffee and donuts where he was like a celebrity because everybody seemed to know him! Lol! He loved every minute of it. He loved people!
I miss spending time with him watching his shows such as Gunsmoke & Perry Mason! I miss learning about, and looking up on the computer for him, all things wood. I even miss playing Euchre with him and his family/friends (even though I am terrible at it), playing checke and going to the library for his many woodworking books to find projects to make. I miss hearing all of his stories from his life. I miss HIM...and I will never forget him! Rest on Angels' wings, my friend. The world has lost a great man!Read more
Lynda Hegy
Jun 28, 2019
I am grateful to have met what an awesome man. I Loved spending sunday mornings with him talking about his younger years growing up, looking at woodworking pictures in books and computer, and playing checkers. All the games we played and I may have won a handful of times.

I can just picture the thought of him meeting Jesus and seeing all his loved ones.


Also I have to say what an awesome family he had too. Thanks for everything.
Terry Schaefer
Jun 28, 2019
Condolences to the family of Ansel Heram. I want to thank Ansel for being so helpful and patient when I was a rookie Wood Tech instructor at WWTI. Ansel was my mentor building a Grandfather Clock for my wife 30+ years ago. It still runs perfectly and is a prized family heirloom. Ansel, may you find the woods in heaven free of all defects. RIP my friend and colleague.
Donald Anderson
Jun 28, 2019
Ansel was my instructor at the tech school in '75-'76. He hired me to work on the First Federal float. I built a guitar towards the end of the school year and he complimented me on it and I was very pleased and encouraged by that since he was quite a perfectionist which was something that he helped to encourage in us students and it is a useful trait in woodworking.

Later in life I was selling my Norwegian art and woodworking at Syttende Mai in Wetby and he cam by and he came by and the first thing Ansel did was feel the edges with his thumb. It was something I fondly recalled from Tech Schools. Many years later I played piano in the band that played when they dedicated his and Kevin's f
...amily tree at the Tempealeau Public Library. It was such a beautifully made work but just what I would expect from them. Such a talented and fine person and it was indeed to my benefit to have been his student. Rest in peace Master woodworker, Mr. Heram.Read more
Gerald R Jensen
Jun 28, 2019
Ansel was a kind and generous man and a very patient teacher and mentor. May he rest in peace.
Tammy Lewis
Jun 28, 2019
Ansel was a great friend and teacher. He sure loved Milk Soup!. I will miss him
Jeanne Ingvalson Gade
Jun 28, 2019
My sympathy to a Great man. Ansel was my work study supervisor 40 years ago. It was a pleasure working for him.
God Bless him!
Arlan & Kathy Sloan
Jun 27, 2019
We will greatly miss our “father”, but will forever cherish our memories with him.