Gordon Norbert Schaenzer, 84
July 13, 1930 -- Feb. 14, 2015
Gordon Schaenzer, 84, of Mequon, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. He was born on July 13, 1930, at St. Joseph Hospital, Milwaukee, the son of Norbert Nicholas Schaenzer and Anna Gladys Schaenzer (nee Rohde).
He was educated at Holy Redeemer Grade School and Boy’s Tech High School and Trade School. He entered the U.S. Army on Aug. 13, 1951, and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on July 22, 1953.
Gordon married Barbara Jane Weidman on Aug. 28, 1954, at Our Lady of Good Hope Parish in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death on May 8, 2010.
He was employed by Badger Tool and Engineering Co. in Milwaukee and Lee Loaders in Hartford as a tool and die maker. He was owner of Mequon Reloading Co. for more than 16 years.
Gordon was an avid outdoorsman and hunter, including big game, and was an accomplished speed skater in his younger days.
He fondly remembered the many hunting and camping trips with his children. As he believed travel was an important part of education, Gordon took his family on many driving vacations, experiencing the majority of the U.S. Later on, he enjoyed participating in numerous bicycle trips with Barbara, including a memorable ride across Ireland and France.
He was well known for his homemade maple syrup, which he sold at local farmer’s markets. He especially enjoyed spending time with his extended family and friends.
Survivors include his six children, David (Louise) of Minneapolis, Mark (Susan) of Minneapolis, Brian (Joan) of Omaha, Neb., LuAnn (Trey) Litton of Kenosha, Carol Smith of Mequon and Matthew (Amy) of Phoenix; a brother, Richard (Adelaide) of Clarksville, Va., and a sister, Dolores Chesser of Clarksville, Tenn. He will be fondly remembered by his 14 grandchildren, Brianna, Megan, Sara, John, Katie, Karl, Bennett, Bradley, Allie, Kelcee, Rachel, Christopher, Benjamin and Courtney.
Visitation will be Sunday, Feb. 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Schramka-Densow Funeral Home, 423 N. Main St., Thiensville, with service to follow at 4 p.m. Procession from the funeral home and military honors at Resurrection Cemetery, Mequon, will be Monday, Feb 23, at 9 a.m.
For online condolences, please go to www.schramkafuneralhome.com.