Wilbur E. Proeber

Wilbur E. Proeber, 91, of West Bend, passed away Friday, June 13, 2008 at Cedar Lake Health & Rehabilitation Center.

He was born on Aug. 26, 1916 in Milwaukee to the late William and Emma (nee Lein) Proe-ber, and moved with his family to West Bend at a young age.

On Aug. 17, 1940 Wilbur was united in marriage to LaVerna Abel at St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church in West Bend.

Wilbur worked as a tool and die maker at the Gehl Co. for over 42 years, until his retirement in 1982.

He had been an active member of St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the Gehl Co. Hexelbank Club and a longtime treasurer for AAL, now Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Wilbur enjoyed listening to polka music, dancing and playing sheepshead.

He is survived by two daughters, Judith Koenig of West Bend and Sharon Larson of Wayne; three grandchildren, Janet (Brad) Montgomery of Livingston, Ala., Bruce (Ronda) Koenig of West Bend, and Brad (Kelly) Koenig of Wisconsin Dells; six great-grandchildren, Brock, Jade, Jessica, Alason, Martin and Madeline; a sister, Ruth Chapa of Milwaukee; two sisters-in-law, Lois Proeber of Mc Henry, Ill. and Elvira Schawb of West Bend; a special friend, Rita Gitter of Menomonee Falls; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVerna in 1996; two brothers, Harold (Mar-garet) Proeber and Arnold Proeber; two sons-in-law, Bernie Koenig and Darrell Larson; and a brother-in-law, Steve Chapa.

Funeral services in remembrance of Wilbur will be held on Wednesday, June 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church, 809 S. Sixth Ave. The Rev. George Mumm will officiate and burial will follow in Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be Wednesday at the church only from noon until the time of service.

Memorials in Wilburís name may be given to the charity of your choice. Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Cedar Community for the loving care and concern shown to Wilbur.

Online guest book and condolences may be found www.myrhum-patten.com.