Milton M. Laabs

Milton M. Laabs, 89, of Berry Lake, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, Dec. 30, 2023, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

Milton was born Aug. 23, 1934, in Abbotsford, a son of the late Alfred and Alvina (Awe) Laabs. He attended country schools and later served in the U.S. Army from 1961-65. Upon returning from service, he started driving semi for Super Value, then drove for Klemm Tanker Truck. Following his retirement in 1998, he continued driving gravel trucks and delivery equipment on a part-time basis.

On Dec. 10, 1972, he was united in marriage to the former Yolunda “Yogi” Thorne. Milton loved doing yardwork, keeping his animals, traveling and hunting whenever he could. His home and his yard were his pride and joy.

Survivors include his wife, “Yogi,” of Berry Lake; eight children, Lana (Mark) Dittman, of Shawano, Darwin Laabs, of Shawano, Stacey (Marty) Minnick, of Arizona, Tony (Regina) Thorne, of Alabama, Shawn (Katrina) Thorne, of Bonduel, Jenny (Jody) Bystol of Shawano, Billy (Michelle) Laabs, of Shawano, and Dan (Stephanie) Laabs, of Gresham; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Marlin (Priscilla) Laabs, of Marshfield; and several brothers- and sisters-in-law. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Milton was preceded in death by his brother, Alfred Laabs; his sisters, Jeanette Jeffrey and Joann Laabs; and two grandsons, Jacob Thorne and Jeremy Hoff.

A time to remember and celebrate the life of Milton Laabs will be held on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Mickelson Funeral Service in Shawano. AmVets Post 10 will conduct military honors at the funeral home at 1 p.m.

Mickelson Funeral and Cremation Service Inc. of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences at

The family would like to thank the staff at Aurora BayCare Medical Center and the Gillett Ambulance Service for their care and concern.