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Joseph D. Traynor

Joseph D. Traynor

Joseph D. Traynor age 86 of Plum City, died unexpectedly on Monday, December 24, 2018 at his home in Plum City.

Joe was born on July 19, 1932 in Olivet to Basil S. and Margaret R. (Minder) Traynor. He grew up in the Olivet and Spring Valley area and was the sixth of eight children. Joe married DelMae Wittenberg on December 2, 1950 and together they had three children. He worked for several farms in the Spring Valley area before buying a farm in Plum City in 1958. Joe transitioned from dairy farming to hauling livestock and bulk milk in the 1960s and in 1971 he purchased a farm north of Plum City. On July 1, 1978, Joe married Wanda Gibson-Larson and together they had one son. Joe and his family continued living on the farm north of Plum City for 46 years before moving to the Village of Plum City in July of 2017, where he remained the rest of his life.

Joe enjoyed playing cards, tending to his garden, listening to country western music, polka dancing, and sharing a meal with family and friends.

Joe is survived by his wife of 40 years; Wanda, children; Michael (Karen) of Sioux Falls, SD, Teresa (Kelly) Kado of Menomonie, Joe Jr. (Lynette) of Maiden Rock and Andrew (Laura) of Cedarburg, four step children; Kathy (Tom) Unser of Plum City, Mark Larson of Maiden Rock, Lonnie Larson of Ellsworth and Kari (Kevin) Weiss of Hudson, 21 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, two sisters; Darlene Croes of Ellsworth and Barbara Hoyt of Menomonie, two sisters-in-law; Verlene Traynor and Arlene Traynor, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Francis, Roy and Ronald and two sisters; LaVerle and Della.

Funeral Services will be 11:00AM Monday, December 31, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Plum City with Rev. Daniel Pfaffe officiating. Burial will be in the Town of Union Cemetery in Plum City. Visitation will be 3:00PM-6:00PM Sunday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Monday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.



  1. Michael Oldani and Family

    Dear Andy and family, very sorry to hear about your loss. We hope your family comes together and celebrates your father's full life, one that carried on the important tradition of hard working farmers in Wisconsin. You have our deepest sympathies. Michael Oldani and family.

  2. Uvidelio Castillo

    Dear Andy Traynor
    Receive my sincere condolence on the departure of your beloved Father. May our prayers guide his soul to heaven and give you and the rest of your family peace.
    Sincerely yours,
    Uvidelio Castillo and Family

  3. Tom and Jacque Evenson

    So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.

  4. Duane and Bonita Westerberg

    Our condolences to the Traynor family. Duane and Bonita Westerberg

  5. John Hilgers

    I'll always remember the kindest of Joe when we visited for Turkey hunting and playing cards. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Traynor family. --John & Carol

  6. Joanne Hewitt

    Sympathy to family and friends. Remember the good times and when he made you smile. He is happy in heaven.

  7. Pete and Jackie Unser

    Wanda and family. We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless you all.

  8. Mary Jo Bauer

    So sorry for your loss he was a great guy and always enjoyed his smile and humor. He will be missed but will hold some great memories.
    Ron and Mary Jo Bauer

  9. Christine

    I am so sorry for your loss Wanda ????

  10. Mandie Hewitt

    My sympathies to the family and friends of Joe. He has a special place in my heart. He will be greatly missed. He was a tough man! Hugs to Wanda and the family. Love you all!
    Mandie Hewitt

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