David Harold Kowalke

Aug. 29, 1944 - Nov. 11, 2006

David H. Kowalke, 62, of Big Bend, formerly of Rock Springs, died Nov. 11, 2006 at his home.

Born on Aug. 29, 1944 in Baraboo, he was the son of Harold P. and Elatha C. (nee Kreuger) Kowalke. He was baptized in St. John Lutheran Church of Rock Springs and graduated from Reedsburg Webb High School in 1962.

On June 10, 1967 he married the former Carol Ann Parrish of Rock Springs. He attended four years of school at Madison Technical College where he majored in diesel and automotive technology. He worked for Coca Cola and Bordens in Madison as a mechanic. In 1970 he went to work for United Parcel Service in Baraboo as a diesel mechanic. Also, he was involved in helping his father on the family’s Rock Springs farm. After his father passed away and the farm was sold in 1984, he transferred into management at UPS and relocated to Milwaukee, where he worked as an automotive supervisor.

In 1989 he transferred within UPS to become trailer shop manager and relocated to Chicago. David transferred for the last time in 1984, going back to Elm Grove as the extended area automotive manager for UPS Wisconsin District.

Fulfilling his desire to be closer to his family he remained with UPS in Elm Grove until his retirement in 1999 at age 55, after 29 years of service. He enjoyed retirement working in his wood working shop and camping with his wife, Carol.

Surviving are his loving wife Carol (nee Parrish) of Big Bend; daughter Cynthia (Jeffrey) Henkel of Pewaukee; sons James (Linda) Kowalke of Rubicon and Mark (Tonya) Kowalke of New Ulm, Minn.; his mother Elatha C (nee Kreuger) Kowalke of Baraboo; sister Patricia (Vern) Kingery of Baraboo; brother Bruce (Shirley) Kowalke of Worcester Mass.; and grandchildren Samantha, Brandon, Eddie, Joey and Pearl Kowalke, all of New Ulm, and Emma Rose Henkel of Pewaukee. He was further blessed with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. Tuesday until the 7 p.m. funeral service at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1052 Whiterock Ave., Waukesha, with the Rev. Lawrence Gates presiding. Services continue on Wednesday at St. John Lutheran Church, 624 East St., Baraboo, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. Memorials are appreciated to Trinity Lutheran Church or Trinity Lutheran School, 1052 Whiterock Ave. Waukesha, WI 53186.

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