Earl G. ‘Duke’ Wegner

Aug. 8, 1926 - March 29, 2008

Earl G. "Duke" Wegner of Mukwonago passed away peacefully at Waukesha Memorial Hospital on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at age 81. He was born in Franklin on Aug. 8, 1926, the youngest child of Wilhelm Julius Wegner Sr. and Lillian Frank.

Duke was a member of the Class of 1945 at Waukesha High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served his country during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his return after the war, he went to work for Federal Refrigeration. In 1961, Duke and two co-workers from Federal Refrigeration founded Zero Zone Ref. Man. Co. Inc. He served as its president until retirement in 1986.

He was preceded in death by his devoted wife of 53 years, Dolores J. Wegner, on Jan. 11, 2008.

He will be sadly missed by his loving daughters, Lisa Dolores and Kirby Ann. He is further survived by the remaining two of his 11 siblings, Virginia Schwertfeger and LeRoy Wenger. He will also be missed by his brothers and sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Duke was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Waukesha and was presently a member of Southminster Presbyterian Church, also of Waukesha. He enjoyed reading, telling and hearing good jokes, attending Marine Corps League meetings, gardening, discussing current events, cooking, pinochle, and most importantly, he thrived on the loving company of his family.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 6 p.m. funeral service Thursday, April 10, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. Family and friends are welcome to gather and enjoy coffee and cake immediately after the service. A private (immediate family only) entombment will be held the following day.

In lieu of flowers or plants, Duke would prefer donations made in his name to the American Diabetes Association.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Preplanning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit