Daniel Teynor (April 30, 1955-August 21, 2023)

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Daniel Robert Teynor, age 68, of Merrill, WI, formerly of Prairie du Chien, WI, passed away August 21, 2023, surrounded by his family. 

Dan was born on April 30, 1955, in Prairie du Chien, to the late Clarence A. “Jim” Teynor and Dorothy A. (Evans) Teynor. He was raised on the family farm in Prairie du Chien alongside his seven brothers and sisters and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School. Dan married Stephanie Zierke of Elmore, MN, on April 5, 1975, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elmore. After her passing in 2000, he met Rosella (Rose) Lutz of Wausau, WI, moved to Wausau, and married her on September 28, 2002, in an intimate ceremony on their family property.  

Dan had a deep love of animals and all things outdoors, rooted in growing up on the family farm. This days-gone-by lifestyle also bestowed upon him the ability to fix most anything that was put in front of him.  He loved working with his hands, and was a dependable hard worker.  

Throughout his life, he spent time working with American Motors Company, Burlington Northern Railroad, Gencor Bituma Corporation, Agriprocessors, and, finally, many years with Linetec until his passing. He was well-known for helping others - from something as small as helping with a flat tire, to being publicly commended for assisting in saving Louie Lessard's life from a house fire. 

He was a mentor to many, from work to family. Perhaps more than anyone, he influenced his nephew Eric, with whom his name was mistakenly and lovingly interchangeable to those closest to them both. Dan loved hunting of all things. He had a keen eye for morel mushrooms, ginseng, and deer that no one else could see except for him. His happiest hunting moment was when his grandson, Owen, harvested his first deer last year. His eyes filled with tears of pride telling others what happened. Those experiences made him one of the best storytellers. 

His enjoyment of these memories brought out his signature Teynor smile and twinkle in his eyes, passed down from his father before him, which will be missed by all that know and love him. 

He is survived by his wife Rose; his children Kevin (Nicole), Kellee (Joshua) Corlett, and Kyle (Brooke); his step-children Michael Lutz and Cora Lutz (Tracey Thoren) and her son Noah Enger; his siblings Bill (Ann) Teynor, Linda (Bob) Vance, and Trudie (Gary) Adams; his grandchildren Blake, Breanna (Francis Eastman), Jack, Novalie, Hailee, Owen, Kynnick, Emma, and Mia; his great-granddaughter Georgia; nieces and nephews too numerous to count; his father-in-law Richard (Arlene) Henke, brothers-in-law Robert Lang, Oscar Dodd, Kevin Dodd, and Cory (Carla) Henke, and sister-in-law Donna Teynor. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Dorothy; wife, Stephanie (Zierke) Teynor and her parents Howard and Mae Jean Zierke; sisters Betty Lang and Jeanne Shinko; brothers Clarence “Jim” Teynor and Jason “Tony” Teynor; and brother-in-law Guy Dodd. 

A memorial service was held in Mosinee, WI on Aug. 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Beste Funeral Home.  

A memorial service will also be held in Prairie du Chien, WI on Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Gabriel’s Church of the Holy Family Parish with Msgr. Charles Stoetzel officiating, with burial in the Calvary Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home on Aug. 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10 p.m. until the time of services.

A burial will follow at the Calvary Cemetery, Prairie du Chien, WI.

In lieu of flowers, please also consider a plant, which will have a longer lasting sentiment.

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