John Thurke, 55, of West Bend, passed away suddenly in the afternoon of Thursday, April 17, 2008 at his residence.
John was born in Racine on Nov. 14, 1952, son of Edward and Marion (Ritger) Thurke.
He attended school in the Kewaskum area, graduating from Kewaskum High School in 1971.
John worked as an installer for Tri-County Office Supply and later Emmens-Napp Co.
On June 17, 2005 he married Carol Frier at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend.
John was a member of Holy Angels Parish, the Catholic Knights, the St. Joseph’s Aid Society and the Kewaskum Historical Society.
He also enjoyed volunteering his time with the West Bend Police Department, being active in their Crime Prevention Unit, and also volunteered at Cedar Bay.
John’s other enjoyment was collecting John Deere tractor memorabilia, and also police department patches and hats.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; children, Janet (Jay) Stammer of Lakefield, Minn., Janice Godard of Aurora, Colo., Victor Godard of Waupun, Michael (Michelle) Godard of Semora, N.C. and Scott (Dawn) Johnson of Grafton.
He is further survived by 11 grandchildren; a brother, Alfred Thurke of West Bend; a sister, Laura Nigh of West Bend; other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church in West Bend, with Father Rick Wendell officiating.
Burial will take place in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.
Visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 5 p.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Crime Prevention Unit of the West Bend Police Dept.
The Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com