Harold W. Sechtig, 81

Harold W. Sechtig of West Bend passed away Sunday Oct. 5, 2008, at Cedar Lake Health Center at the age of 81 years.

He was born on Jan. 8, 1927, to Henry and Frieda (Strehlow) Sechtig in the town of Wauwatosa.

Harold was raised in the Milwaukee area and attended Boys Tech High School. After high school, Harold entered the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II and Korea.

After returning from the service, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and earned a degree in education, married Marlea A. Dietrich on Aug. 8, 1953, and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, earning a masterís degree in education.

The couple then moved to the Milwaukee area to raise their family and begin his career as a public school teacher, retiring in 1984.

Haroldís passions were model trains, traveling in his motor home, playing games, enjoying time with his grandchildren, playing chess and camping.

Harold is survived by his wife, Marlea A. (Dietrich); his children, Laurie (James) Knop of Germantown, Chris (Peggy) of Portage and Kurt (Anne) of Whitefish Bay. He is further survived by seven grandchildren, Jason and Ryan Knop, Kyle and Sara Craig, Angel, Alex and Cassie Sechtig; brothers-in-law, Tom (Dorothy) Dietrich, Roger Witte; cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service for Harold will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Stony Hills Presbyterian Church, N112 W17655 Mequon Road, Germantown, with the Rev. Bruce Greenough officiating.

Visitation will be held Saturday at the church following the service. Cremation took place at Paradise Cremations with interment of remains at Highland Memorial Park Cemetery in New Berlin.

Memorials to the Alzheimerís Association or Stony Hills Presbyterian Church appreciated.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Cedar Communities for their tender care of Harold.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family, 338-2050; www.phillipfuneralhome.com.