Hilbert W. Justman

Hilbert W. Justman, 77, of Kewaskum died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah.

He was born Feb. 28, 1933 in Theresa to the late Herbert and Lucille (nee Kedinger) Justman.

Hilbert was a gifted athlete during high school playing many sports. He made the decision during his senior year at Kewaskum High School to immediately enlist in the United States Marine Corps. He proudly served in Korea where he was trained as a non-commissioned officer. In 1953 he was involved in many battles, serving in the weapons company of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Division. Following his discharge he worked at Sierra Grinding Wheel, the Gehl Company and as a farmhand. Hilbert resided in numerous halfway houses and veterans hospitals over the past 50 years spending the majority of that time at the VAMC in Tomah. He received his Kewaskum High School diploma in June of 2009, along with his brothers Herbert and Harry during a special ceremony honoring those who quit high school to join the military. Hilbert enjoyed hunting, and playing the saxophone and accordion and was an avid fan of the Packers and Brewers.

Survivors include his brothers and sisters: Harold (Arlene) of West Bend, Harry (Rita) of Townsend, Howard (Judy) of West Bend, Laura Justman of Racine, Lilly Westerman of West Bend, Herbert (special friend Darlene May) of West Bend, Homer (Barbara) of West Bend and Hiram (Alleen "Butch") of West Bend, his sister-inlaw Loretta Justman of West Bend and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Hilbert is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Lucille, five brothers: Harvey, Hilary, Henry, Herman and Herbert in infancy and a brother-in-law Harold Westerman.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in West Bend with Rev. David Schoob officiating. Please meet at church for the services. Burial will be in St. Lucas Cemetery in Kewaskum with military rites being performed by the Robert G. Romaine Post 384 American Legion in Kewaskum. Visitation will be Monday, at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers memorials to the family are appreciated. Hilbertís family will be donating a portion of the memorials to the VAMC in Tomah.

Hilbertís family would like to acknowledge and extend a special Thank You to the nurses and entire staff at the VAMC in Tomah for the loving and compassionate care given to Hilbert.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com