Loving father, car enthusiast, and world’s greatest grandpa, Ambrose Francis La Fleur, Jr. of La Crosse, Wisconsin, passed away on April 7, 2021, at the age of 73. All who knew Am remember him as a kind and generous man, who would do anything to help a friend. After a lifetime of giving and receiving love, it was his big heart that finally failed.
Ambrose was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on January 18th, 1948, to Ambrose Francis La Fleur, Sr. and Kathryn (Knutson) La Fleur as the oldest of eight children. On July 5, 1969, Am married Diane (Sidie) La Fleur. Ambrose worked at La Crosse Footwear for thirty-three years. After the plant closed, he was hired by the Holmen School District where he worked as a custodian. Am enjoyed working with the students and the staff at Viking Elementary School until he retired. Am loved talking cars, driving cars, and looking at cars. He loved spending time with friends and family, especially his grandchildren in his later years.
Ambrose was preceded in death by his wife of forty-seven years Diane (Sidie) La Fleur, brother Jim La Fleur, his parents Ambrose Francis La Fleur, Sr. and Kathryn (Knutson) La Fleur, and his mother and father in law, Bertha and Harold Sidie.
Ambrose is survived by daughters Stacey (Craig) Sheffield, Sarah (John) Purvis, Amy (Brad) Olson, grandchildren Adrianna, Adalynn, Ruth, Caden, and Amber Rose, brothers Dave (Debi) La Fleur, Mike (Jean) La Fleur, Bill La Fleur, Tom (Donna) La Fleur, Mark La Fleur, sister Sandy (Bill) Kriebich, sister in law Patti La Fleur, special friend Maryann Johnson, and many other loving family members and friends.
A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, April 13th, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1031 Main St. Onalaska, Wisconsin. Friends and family may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the mass. Msgr. Steven Kachel will officiate, with burial to be held at Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse, Wisconsin, at a later date. Family and friends are invited to join us for a luncheon following the funeral service.