Vernon ‘Vern’ H. Schinker, 77

Vernon “Vern” H. Schinker, of 7th Avenue in Grafton, passed away at his home on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. He was 77 years old.

Vern was born in Sheboygan on Feb. 12, 1936, the son of Henry and Margaret Claussen Schinker. He attended local schools and later served his country in the National Guard.

On July 23, 1955, Vern was united in marriage with Shirley Breuer at Advent Lutheran Church in Cedarburg. The couple settled in Port Washington and later moved to Grafton in 1963. Vern worked as a machinist at Kiekhaefer in Cedarburg until his retirement due to an accident. Vern was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grafton, as well as a longtime member and former president of the Saukville Gun Club. He enjoyed trap shooting and had also been a hunter safety instructor for over 40 years.

Vern is survived by his wife, Shirley; and their children, Cheryl Schinker of Townsend, Cindy (Loren) Foote of Littleton, Colo., and David Schinker of Grafton. He is further survived by his granddaughter, Angela Foote; brother, Ray Schinker of Wittenburg; two sisters, Margaret Melinski of Sedona, Ariz., and Mary Jane (Ronald) Dauss of Hubertus; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Keith Schinker; and two brothers, Roy and Matt Schinker. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1167 Washington Ave., Cedarburg. Pastor Paul Bulgerin will preside. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Ozaukee Humane Society, Grace Lutheran Church or the charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences can be left at