Adolph R. Derge, 92


Adolph R. Derge, 92, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Harmony Assisted Living Home in Stevens Point under the care of Ministry Hospice. His daughter was at his side.

Adolph was born on May 17, 1920, in the family farmhouse in the town of Herman, Dodge County. Adolph attended the neighborhood one-room elementary school. He recounted how he learned English as a second language there at Cloverlawn School and how the teacher was strict about not allowing any German to be spoken, even at recess. Adolph purchased the family farm from his parents.

He married Anita A. Westphal on Aug. 27, 1947, at Peace Lutheran Church in Hartford. Together they partnered in working the family dairy farm in rural Hartford until they retired and moved to West Bend in 1982.

After retiring, Anita and he enjoyed traveling and playing cards with friends. Adolph will be dearly missed by all those that knew and loved him.

Adolph is survived by his daughter, Annette (Dale) Schuh. He is further survived by his grandsons, Owen (Candace Jensen) Schuh of San Francisco and Neil Schuh of Los Angeles; and many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Adolph is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lena Derge; wife, Anita (nee Westphal); nine brothers: Hervardt, Leander, Arnold, Alvin, Edward, Reinhardt, Berthold, Gerhard and Walter, and two sisters: Blandina Wellhoefer and Adela Neunfeldt.

A funeral service for Adolph will take place on Friday, March 22, 2013, at 1 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (777 S. Indiana Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) with the Revs. Robert Hein and Richard Lauersdorf presiding. Visitation will be at the church only on Friday, March 22 from 11 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Washington County Memorial Park.

Memorials are appreciated to Ministry Hospice Services of Stevens Point, Kathy Hospice of West Bend or to a charity of your choice.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family; (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.