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Allen Lau 04/23/2024

Allen Lewis Lau, age 68 of New Richmond, WI, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2023 at Dove Health Care in St. Croix Falls, WI. Al was born the son of Vern and Dorothy (Iles) Lau on September 3, 1955 in Alexandria, LA. His family later moved to Murdock, NE, where he grew up on the family farm where they grew crops and raised pigs. Al graduated from Murdock High School in 1974. After graduation, he proudly joined the United States Air Force and served for four years overseas. He loved to tell his friends and family stories about all of his travels in Greece, Turkey, and Germany.

After retiring from the service he moved to New Richmond, WI in 1979 and started working splicing cable. That is where he met, and later married his former spouse, Tammy Johnson, in 1981. Together, they were blessed with two daughters, Terri and Holly, who they both loved dearly. In 1989, Al found his true passion in life when he went to school to learn to be an over the road semi driver. He started his career with Roehl, then moved to refrigerator trailers at Packerland and eventually became an owner-operator. Finally, when he started hauling oversized heavy equipment, with Midwest Specialized, he was able to land in a career he would enjoy for the rest of his life. Al’s favorite things to haul were combines with specialty trailers. He loved to brag about how much of the United States he was able to show Terri and Holly when they were able to spend a week with him on the road in the summers. Eventually, when Al’s health declined and he was no longer able to drive a semi, he became a broker in the heavy machinery industry. He really had a skill for knowing how to haul, load, and handle large equipment. He loved his job and continued to work until he reluctantly retired in 2024.

Al had many hobbies including hunting, archery, NASCAR, football, and watching MASH. However, his all time favorite hobby was riding his Harley. Al participated in many bike rallies and memory rides. He especially enjoyed his many trips to Bike Week in Daytona and Sturgis.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Vern and Dorothy Lau. Al is survived by his daughters, Terri (Brian) Mattmiller, Holly (Chris) Parker; grandchildren, Alexis Cunningham, Laura Mattmiller, Ava Mattmiller, Lindsey Mattmiller, Karly Parker, Max Parker, Olias Borowy-Parker, Evan Parker; siblings, Scott Lau, Doug (Deb) Lau, Shelly Lau; and many other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service was held on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 1 pm at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 365 W River Drive New Richmond, WI with visitation from 11 am – 1 pm at the church. Interment was in the New Richmond Cemetery.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.


  • Robin Posted April 24, 2024 10:05 pm

    My dear friend,
    Your sense of humor and sarcasm will be sorely missed. The pain is gone and you are free to tear up the Heavens on your Harley and flip off the Gold Wings!
    I will miss our weekly phone calls and the laughter.
    Rest in Paradise on the yacht💔
    Prayers to your family,
    Rockin’ Robin

  • Rod Johnson Posted April 25, 2024 10:07 pm


  • Gary&gayle Meyer Posted April 26, 2024 8:44 pm

    So Sorry to hear about Al. Gary knew him and we didn’t know that he was to this point!

  • Gary Reiners Posted April 27, 2024 6:03 pm

    Allen was in my very first class as I began my teaching career. I enjoyed the conversations we would have on many subjects. He respected me and I respected him. Rest easy now my student my friend.

  • Kim Posted April 28, 2024 10:47 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family.

  • Dick and Teri Fillmore Posted May 5, 2024 6:16 pm

    We are so sorry to hear our dear friend, Al, is gone. He fought long and hard, and he kept pretty positive til the end. Dick has been unable to reach him, and unfortunately, we found this. To his family and friends, we send sympathy and prayers.

  • Tami Jonsson Posted July 5, 2024 7:45 am

    I am so very sorry to hear about Al. I was his neighbor in New Richmond. He was the very first person to welcome us when we moved into town.
    He soon became a good friend.
    My sincere condolences to Al’s family that he loved so much.
    You don’t find many people as genuine as Al was.
    Definitely gone too soon. 🙏🏻

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