Edward ‘Eddie Pro’ D. Protasiewicz

Nov. 11, 1923 - Jan. 11, 2006

Edward "Eddie Pro" D. Protasiewicz of King, formerly of Franklin, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006, at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in King at age 82. He was born in Milwaukee on Nov. 11, 1923, the son of Joseph Protasiewicz and Rozalia Sokolowski. He was united in marriage to Ruth M. Bourch; she preceded him in death May 29, 1994.

He was employed for International Harvester before his retirement. During World War II, he served in the 493rd Bombardment Group of the U.S. Army Air Corps.

Eddie will be sadly missed by his children, Barbara "Barb" (James "Jim") Walter of Franklin, Michael "Mike" (Marie Ihn) of Waukesha and Diana (Kevin) Peil of Grand Marsh; his grandchildren, Marie (Jon) Herritz, Jeff (June) Walter, Margie (James "Butch") Prom, Jerry (Katie) Walter, Megan Protasiewicz, Bryan Protasiewicz, Stephen Protasiewicz, Tracy Orlowski, Shelly Widlacki and Garrett Orlowski; his great-grandchildren, Krystal Walter, Becki Walter, Jeffrey Walter, Brenda Prom, Kayla Prom, Kelly Prom, Taylor Prom, Jeremy Walter, Logan Walter, Joshua Peil, Kayleigh Peil, Shaye Widlacki, Valen Widlacki and Sydney Orlowski.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; two brothers, Joseph and Leo; and sister, Celia Simolon.

A memorial service for Eddie will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 14, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the funeral home.

Edward’s family extends a special thanks to the caring, loving staff from the second and third floors of Olson Hall at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home at King, who knew him as "King Eddie."

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association of Wisconsin at 2323 N. Mayfair Road, Suite 502, Wauwatosa, WI 53213; or the Alzheimer’s Association National Office at 225 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL 60601.

For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit for online obituaries, directions or condolences.