Howard J. Pike

Feb. 23, 1922 - March 12, 2007

Howard Joseph Pike, 85, passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded with the love of his family, Monday, March 12, 2007, following a brief, yet courageous, struggle with leukemia.

Howard was born in Waukesha on Feb. 23, 1922, to the late Reuben and Gertrude (nee Stuettgen) Pike. A 1939 graduate of Waukesha High School, he went on to faithfully serve our country with the U.S. Army in World War II from 1942 to 1945 as a tech sergeant. Howard lived in Racine for the past 55 years.

On Aug. 15, 1942, he was united in marriage to Doris R. Trakel, who preceded him in death Oct. 15, 1980. On May 8, 1982, he was united in marriage to Muriel Mickey Betz, who preceded him in death Sept. 26, 2005.

In his more experienced years, Howard graduated from Gateway Technical College as a mechanical designer. He retired from Racine Railroad Products on Aug. 8, 1986.

A man of devout faith, Howard was a longtime member of St. Lucy Catholic Church in Racine. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 697; Fifth Street Yacht Club, serving as an officer for several years; American Legion Post 0546; and the Holiday Ramblers Camping Club. A kindhearted gentleman, Howard was a phenomenal husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed immeasurably by his family!

Surviving are his daughter, Jacqueline Koleske; grandchildren, Britney and Adam Koleske, all of Racine; sister, Marjorie Diestler of Waukesha; brothers, John (Susan) Pike of Menomonee Falls and Donald (Jenny) Pike of Waukesha; and by many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory, 4600 County Line Road, Racine. Visitation continues from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Friday, March 16, at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., Racine. Entombment with military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Racine.

In memory of Howard, memorials to St. Lucy Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society Leukemia Research have been suggested.

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family. For more information, call 552-9000 or visit online at www.draeger-langendorf.com.