Allen Arthur "Biese" Biesenthal, age 87, entered eternal life peacefully at home on Thursday, September 7, 2017. Biese was born July 15, 1930, in the Township of Mackford to William and Edna (Ruenger) Biesenthal. He was baptized and confirmed at County Line Lutheran Church and attended school in Markesan, graduating from Markesan High. He was united in marriage on June 6, 1954 to June Gloria Haima at Grace Lutheran Church in Dalton. They made their home on South Willow Court in Markesan, in the house they built, where he spent many hours maintaining a meticulous lawn and cleaning his cars. Following June’s death in 2004, he married Edith Hohenstern on April 25, 2009 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Manchester.
During his career Biese worked at Schraeder Motor Company, owned and operated Biese’s Friendly Service in Markesan, worked at Lueck Oil Company, Mathweg Chevrolet Buick, Precision Metalsmiths Inc., and finally became a petroleum delivery driver for Grand River Cooperative. During his fuel hauling days, he became known as “The Candyman” and loved playing with everyone’s dogs on his route. He retired from fulltime employment in 1995, becoming a parts delivery driver for Ballweg Implement; following that he became the security officer at Markesan High School. Over the years, he was a member of the Grand River Fire District Volunteer Fire Department, a charter member and past president of the Markesan Lions Club, who awarded him the State of Wisconsin Lions Birch Sturm Fellowship award for his years of dedicated service to the club. He also belonged to Green Lake County Crime Stoppers and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Markesan, where he served as an usher, sang in the choir, and played in the dartball league. Biese played baseball for many years, in the position of windmill pitcher; he loved watching wrestling, playing cards, and having a nightly bowl of ice cream. He participated in several bowling leagues and enjoyed going to polka dances all over the area. He and June, and later Edie could often be seen around the area convertible riding in his 1962 yellow Chevy Impala.
He is survived by his second wife Edith; three children, Brent (Sharon) Biesenthal, of Stafford, VA, Brenda (Terry) Dolderer, of Ripon and Billy Biesenthal (fiancée, Kristine Wiegman), Berlin; two step-sons, Gary Hohenstern and Keith (Diane) Hohenstern; eight grandchildren, Nicholas and Shannon Biesenthal, Alexee, Chandler, Willow and Spencer Nitzke, Jenny (Justin) Laper, and Tracy Biesenthal (fiancé Mitch Plautz); nine great-grandchildren, Maya Biesenthal, Anthony Nighbor, Arianna Reyna, Halley Laper, Gavin Biesenthal, Bowyn, Joonie, and Ivynn Laper, and Croix Plautz, six step-grandchildren, Jessica, Alex and Allison Hohenstern, Justin, Jared and Jayna Hohenstern; two step-great-grandchildren, Camdon and Raylon Hohenstern. Also surviving him are his former son and daughters-in-law, who Biese still considered part of the family, Valerie Biesenthal, Diane Bednarek-Biesenthal, Kim Nowacki, Jeff Nitzke and Angele Dolgner. He is further survived by sisters-in-law, Naomi Hilger, Hope (Ralph) Plagenz, Shirley Affeldt; and many nieces, nephews and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife June; two great-grandchildren, Archer and Jentry Biesenthal; his brother Orville (Patricia) Biesenthal; brothers-in-law, Wilton Hilger and Wayne “Butch" (Patsy) Haima.
With a big smile on his face, Biese always had a joke to play or someone to tease. He never liked to say good-bye; it was too final for him. So, “Toodle-Lou Biese!!!"
Visitation for Biese will take place on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 181 S. Main St., Markesan from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Visitation will also be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 65 Catherine St., Markesan from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with Revs. Jason Jobs and Michael Plagenz officiating. Burial will take place at Markesan Memorial Cemetery.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Markesan is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com.