Earl J. Kruepke

Earl J. Kruepke died peacefully at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend on March 16, 2009, after a lengthy illness.

Earl was born Sept. 7, 1926, in the Town of Polk to the late Herbert and Selma (nee Klein) Kruepke.

After graduating from West Bend High School in 1944, Earl served in the United States Army during World War II. Following his honorable discharge, he engaged in the family farming operation in the village of Jackson and also started a trucking business.

On Dec. 4, 1948, Earl married his loving wife of 60 years, Delores (nee Laverenz), at Davidís Star Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kirchhayn.

Throughout his life, Earl devoted many years to public service, serving both the village of Jackson and Washington County. In addition to many years on village committees, he served on the Village Board in Jackson, as a Board Trustee, and also served 10 years as village president. He was also a Washington County supervisor, representing District 19 for 18 years and an active member of the Washington County Farm Bureau. Additionally, Earl was a member of the S/Sgt. Henry F. Gumm American Legion Post No. 486 for 43 years and the Jackson VFW Post No. 7240.

Earl had a lifetime interest in raising and showing birds, including parakeets and cockatiels. He served as president of the Wisconsin Budgerigar Society in Milwaukee, and also as a chief steward, judging many local and state bird competitions.

Survivors include his wife, Delores, and their five children: Ron (Colleen) of Kewaskum, Dennis (Barb) of Naperville, Ill., Jerry (Sheila) of West Bend, Peggy (Race) McComb of Jackson and Mark (Jane) of West Bend. He is further survived by his 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, his sister, Donna Spaeth, sister-in-law, Annette Kruepke, his brother-in-law, Alvin (Ruth) Laverenz, all of Jackson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Earl was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen; sister, Lucille; brother, Howard, and brother-in-law, David Spaeth.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at New Hope United Church of Christ, 4360 Jackson Drive, Jackson, with the Rev. James Hill officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. There will be a walk through service by the S/Sgt Henry F. Gumm Post No. 486 American Legion and the Jackson Memorial Post No. 7240 VFW at 1 p.m. Burial will be held at Friedenís Cemetery immediately following the memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to New Hope United Church of Christ or Cedar Community Hospice are appreciated.

The family wishes to thank the 4th Floor Nursing staff at the Samaritan Health Center, The Cedar Community Hospice and Reverend James Hill of New Hope UCC Church for their compassionate care and support.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of Jackson is serving the family. www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.