Arthur Edward Pommerening, II age 90 of Oshkosh, Wisconsin passed away in the serenity of his lake home on Tuesday October 19, 2021. He was born at home in Oshkosh on February 1, 1931 to Arthur E. Sr. and Madeline (Minnig) Pommerening. Art’s exceptional work ethic began at an early age with his first job at the age of 8. He graduated with the January class of 1949 from Oshkosh High School and then enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of 17. He spent the first three years of his enlistment overseas, and came back stateside for his last year and married the love of his life, Virginia Lea Jones on January 8, 1952. Art and Virginia were blessed with five children; Victoria Lynn, Arthur “Artie” Edward III, Jenifer Sue, Christopher Scott, and Elizabeth “Betsey” Jane. They lived in Dover DE, while still enlisted, then to Oshkosh, then to Plymouth, MI from 1965 to 1972. Art was a flight engineer at Basler’s, Capital Airlines, Upjohn Pharmaceutical, and lastly as the head flight engineer of the Chrysler Corporation corporate airline fleet. With the desire to move back to his hometown he was presented the opportunity to purchase the Dodge franchise in Oshkosh in 1972. He followed that in the coming years with the addition of Jeep/Eagle, Chevrolet, and Chrysler franchises, providing automotive sales and service to the community for over forty years. Art’s true business passion was acquiring real estate and developing it into commercial rental properties, often with his own sweat equity. The epitome of his hard work was his development that brought Lowes Store to Oshkosh. He was a visionary; with success earned by hard work, perseverance, and an optimistic fortitude. Art’s success in life was self-made, what he had was truly from the fruits of his labor.
Besides working, Art had also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren, often participating in a local parade with them in his Model T. He was active with the local Kiwanis Club, a supporter of the Salvation Army, a member of EAA, and in the early years, donating the use of cars to the performing pilots. Art and Virginia were fortunate to have taken many wonderful trips together, including Hawaii, Spain, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, and many US destinations. Their favorite pastime though was just sitting on their porch together with family overlooking beautiful Lake Butte Des Morts. Art always made sure his family was taken care of, with love he taught us a strong work ethic and to be self-sufficient. He will be forever in the hearts of his family; his daughter Vickie Schasny (Daniel Arnold), daughter Jeni (Kyle) Bartsch, son Chris (Pamela) Pommerening, and daughter Betsey (Robert) Talbot. His grandchildren, Eben (Mary) Johnson, Travis Pommerening, Brigette Pommerening (Jeff Leech), Alex Bartsch, Vanessa Raasch, and Calvin (Tuqce) Raasch. His great grandchildren, Abby and Emily Johnson, Vianna and Summer Raasch, and Piper Pommerening. Also by his beloved furry grandchildren who would visit him often…. His sister in laws; Barbara VonHoff, Dorothy Jones, Sally Merten, and Nancy (Luke) Roland and many other relatives and friends. Art was preceded in death by his beloved wife Virginia of 65 years, his son Artie, his sisters; Mary, Martha, Marge, Lillian, and Matilda, and his parents. Also by in laws; Douglas VonHoff, Robin Jones, James Merten, Sr., Gary Jones, Susie Steiner, and David Jones. A special thank you to his caregivers over the years who made it possible for him to fulfill his wish and remain in his home, which gave his family a peace of mind that Dad was always cared for….
A commemoration of Art’s life will be held at Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home, Lake Point Dr. in Oshkosh on Thursday October 28, 2021 from 10:00AM until the time of service at 1:00PM. Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Park Cemetery, Oshkosh, WI. Please direct all memorials in honor of Art to the Oshkosh Humane Association. Services arranged by Talbot Family Funeral Homes with the assistance of Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home. Memories maybe shared with the family at talbotfuneralhomes.com and at konrad-behlman.com