Erich Pikoske

Erich Pikoske, 95 of rural Mount Horeb died on Monday morning, March 20, 2006 at his home.

He was born one of 10 children on Dec. 13, 1910 in Alexandria, Poland to August and Maria (Lange) Pikoske.

He attended school in Poland, and then worked as a farmer and sold peat for fuel in Poland.

He was married on April 4, 1934 in Rosyzcze, Poland to Ida Maas.

Erich was drafted into the German army in July of 1942, and served on the Russian Front in World War II until he was wounded in March of 1943.

He was later taken prisoner by the American forces in March of 1945, transferred to a Russian POW camp in 1946, and was released in November of 1946 due to his injuries.

Erich emigrated to the United States with his family on April 12, 1952, and settled in Benton Harbor, Mich. in 1953.

He farmed and worked for Leco Plating for many years, retiring in 1977.

Erich and Ida moved to West Bend to be closer to their son and for Erich to farm with him.

Ida died on Feb. 12, 1986.

Erich later moved in with his son and his family. They all moved to rural Mount Horeb in 1999.

Erich was a member of St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church in Benton Harbor and the David Star Lutheran Church in Kirchhayn.

Survivors include a son, Herbert (Lois) Pikoske of rural Mount Horeb; a brother, Ewald Pikoske of Regensburg, Germany; a sister, Adele in Germany; a nephew, Heinz Maas of Benton Harbor, along with other nieces and nephews in Canada and Germany; three granddaughters, Karen (Ted) Smith of Verona, Linda Pikoske of rural Mount Horeb and Monica (Michael) Walrath of Milwaukee; and two great-granddaughters, Bailey Nicole Smith and Lillian Grace Walrath.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ida; one daughter in infancy; another daughter, Ursula, who died June 29, 1975; four brothers who died in World War II; and three sisters.

Graveside funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 23, at 11 a.m. at Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend. Rev. David Brandfass of the West Middleton Lutheran Church will officiate.

The Saether Funeral Home in Blanchardville is assisting the family, 608-523-4247.