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Howard Wilke

Howard Samuel Wilke

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Obituary

Howard S. Wilke, age 89 years, passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday February 2, 2019 with his family surrounding him. He was born on May 14, 1929 in Fredonia to Emil and Louise (nee Bublitz) Wilke. On June 4, 1949, Howard married LaVerne Gruenewald at Evangelical United Brethren Church in Batavia.

Howard was a lifetime farmer, operating a dairy farm with his wife. In the early years, they worked together on fieldwork and cropping with LaVerne’s parents and later worked with his daughter and son-in-law. In later years, Howard worked as a janitor at the Random Lake School District and he also worked for Robert and Dawn on their farm. Howard was a 4-H Leader for 42 years. He and LaVerne maintained the lawn at Camp Riversite for 16 years. He was well known as the leathercraft leader for the Sherman Worker’s 4-H Club, and enjoyed stamp collecting, wood carving, building bird houses, bird watching, and planting trees and shrubs for the wildlife. He also enjoyed working with draft horses and participating in local parades. Howard had a great sense of humor.

Howard is survived by his daughters, Darla Jean Kraus of Random Lake and Dawn (Robert) Boehlke of Random Lake, his grandchildren Darci (fiancé Michael Trapp) Kraus of Random Lake, Dustin Boehlke of Oshkosh and Chelsea (Anthony Yeary) Boehlke of Milwaukee, his sister-in-law Idaleen Hildebrand. He was preceded in death by LaVerne, his wife of 66 years. He also was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Norman and Clarence, 4 sisters; Harmie Madden, Mildred Mitchell, Velma Hellish and Ilma Arndt.

A Celebration of Howard’s Life will be held on Friday February 8th at the Silver Creek Fire Hall (W6566 Hwy 144). Friends and family may come between 4:00 pm –8:00 pm with a tribute to Howard starting at 6:00 pm with sharing of memories and stories.

Howard’s family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Mary Arenberg of Plymouth Family Physicians and to the Sharon Richardson Community Hospice for their wonderful compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund will be set up in Howard’s name for 4-H Camp Riversite and the Random Lake Historical Society.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Silver Creek Fire Hall
    Address
    W6566 Hwy 144
    Silver Creek, WI
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  • Service

    Friday, February 8th, 2019 | 6:00pm
    When
    Friday, February 8th, 2019 6:00pm
    Location
    Silver Creek Fire Hall
    Address
    W6566 Hwy 144
    Silver Creek, WI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Shawn

Posted at 12:21pm
Please accept my sincerest condolence for your loved one, Howard. No matter how long our loved one may have lived, they leave a hole in our hearts. Please know that there is true comfort in the Bible's promise recorded at John 5: 28-29, that "there is going to be a resurrection". Our God, Jehovah, is certainly capable of restoring life to someone who has died. May God sustain your entire family during the difficult days ahead.
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