Jack A. (Jacob) Strapko

May 20, 1917 – Jan. 18, 2011

Jack A. (Jacob) Strapko, 93, of East Troy, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011. He was formerly of Milwaukee, but lived most of this life on Pretty Lake in Dousman. He was born in Wisconsin on May 20, 1917, the son of the late Jacob Strapko and Katherine Busso.

He was preceded in death by his wife Jean (Genevieve), and his son, Jim.

Jack worked as a patternmaker for the Falk Company and Duetsch and Sons. He was also a business owner of Do-Cast Industries until he retired at age 65. Jack was a member of St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the Moose Club and Pompeii Men’s Social Club for many years.
Jack was an avid bowler, holding a 200 average when he retired from bowling due to a leg injury. Jack bowled in many out-of-state tournaments plus the Peterson Classic in Chicago. He traveled across the U.S. in a motor home with his wife, Jean, and sometimes the entire family.

He attended many softball and basketball games to watch his family participate. He did not always agree with the umpire or referee. He liked to listen to WTKM – especially the polka music – but he was not a dancer. He was elected prom king at East Troy Manor Nursing Home, and he loved to play bingo and complete word search and crossword puzzles. Jack always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone, but he sure loved to tease. He will be sadly missed by his family and all those that knew him. He will always be in our hearts as he watches over us from above. We will remember his strength and guidance, which reminds us to rise above all storms with hope and love; only then will we be able to soar on eagle’s wings. Rest in God’s love, Dad, from your family.

Jack is survived by his four children, Kathy (Dave) Herman, Kris (Cary) Larson, Ken Strapko and Greg (Sandy) Strapko; grandchildren, Jodie (Jeff) Pease, Shannon Herman and Kristine, Robin (Elizabeth) Larson, Jessy Larson and Jake Strapko; step-grandchildren, Chad and Tracy; great-grandchildren, Marissa and Jack Pease; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be made in Jack’s name to the Lad Lake Scholarship Fund.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service Friday, Jan. 21, at St. Bruno Parish, 226 W. Ottawa Ave., Dousman. Burial will be in the St. Bruno Parish Cemetery.

Mealy’s Funeral Home of Eagle, 594-2442, is assisting the family. For the online guest registry, please go to hdlfuneralhomes.com.