Warren A. Grenier passed away on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Sauk County Health Care Center in Reedsburg, Wis., one week before his 96th birthday. He was born on Aug. 10, 1923, in Marinette, Wis., son of William and Ella (Kraus) Grenier.
   After graduating from Marinette High School in 1941, he attended U.S. Maritime School, Fort Trumbull, in New London, Conn. He became a Lieutenant, licensed as a Marine Engineer of both steam and diesel vessels for any waters, any tonnage by the U.S. Coast Guard. He spent two years on Great Lakes ore carriers for Pittsburg Steamship Co. and then sailed on ocean going vessels to ports in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Most memorable for him was the invasion of France in June of 1944 and shuttle runs during that summer to the beach heads of Normandy, Utah, and Omaha, carrying troops and supplies across the English Channel from South Hampton, England. After World War II, he received a discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard for his service during the war. He remained on ocean-going vessels until May of 1947, traveling to many ports in Europe, North Africa and South America. He then returned to Marinette and was employed at Ansul Co. for 38 years, retiring in 1985 as Chief Tool Engineer. In April of 1949, he married Frances Gajewski in Peshtigo, Wis. During their retirement, they spent 20 winters in Weslaco, Texas. They were married for 60 years until her death in October of 2009. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and their cabin in Silver Cliff, and hobbies working with wood and metal. He remained physically active, bike riding well into his 90s.
    Warren is survived by his children: Wayne Grenier, Deborah Grenier (Mr. Jan Pearce), Jeff (Katie) Grenier, Michelle (Jim) Conlin, and Janet (Dan) Groleau; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Irene Gajewski; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Warren was preceded in death by his wife, parents, brothers: Roland (Marcella) Grenier and William Jr. (Catherine) Grenier; sisters: Doris (Victor) Neshek, Joyce (Edward) May, and Carole (Dale) Dobbins; parents-in-law; and a brother-in-law, Ted Gajewski.  
    Visitation will be held at Thielen Funeral Home on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m., with a vigil service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, Aug. 9, at Holy Family Parish – St. Joseph Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. A Funeral Mass to celebrate Warren’s life will be held at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Bergstadt officiating.  
    Entombment will be in Forest Home Mausoleum.