Darwin F. Juech, 85
April 16, 1930 -- June 20, 2015

Darwin Forest JuechDarwin Forest Juech was embraced in the Lord’s loving arms on June 20, 2015, at the age of 85. He was born April 16, 1930, in West Bend, the son of Reginald and Florence (nee Fellenz) Juech. He was a strong man of faith and his kindness always brought out the best in everyone around him.

Darwin attended West Bend High School and graduated in 1948. He enjoyed his high school years, where he was a multi-sport athlete, prom king and class president. After high school, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, where he played on the college football team before joining the Navy. He was assigned as a medical corpsman for a survey ship plying the Newfoundland coast.

Upon returning to civilian life, Darwin married Pearl Miller on May 10, 1952. He then started with the West Bend Co. where he established his lifelong career as a purchasing agent. In this capacity, he traveled both nationally and internationally securing and negotiating prices for metals and raw materials. Darwin enjoyed this role for the company and was known as a man of great integrity and fairness. He not only loved his professional career, but the valued friends and relationships he established over the 45 years of life work for them.

Darwin lived a life of service and had a keen interest in community affairs. He participated as a Cub Scout master, served as president of the West Bend Jaycees and served as chairman on the board of directors of the Glacier Hills Credit Union. Besides being a lifelong Green Bay Packers season ticket holder, Darwin’s other wonderful joy was his deep involvement with the West Bend Dance Club for 35 years. The good friends he and Pearl cultivated at these monthly dances with big band music and formal dinners are priceless.

His deep Catholic faith was evident throughout his life’s involvement with the Holy Angels parish community. He lovingly led his family by example with compassion and honesty standing by his mantra of “family first.” He embraced his role as husband for more than 63 years to Pearl, with whom he danced, laughed and shared life’s journey in a true and equal partnership. She survives him with vivid memories of the life they shared together. One of his many characteristics was his marvelous ability to enter a room of strangers, and with his gregarious personality exit with newfound friends.

The Juech family sponsored an AFS student from Honduras in 1972-73. Roxana Portillo Aguilar Young immediately became part of the family. This wonderful start led to a lifetime of memories for both families. In their later years, he and Pearl were active in the West Bend Mayoral Cultural Exchange Program. This consisted of reciprocal visits with our sister cities, Aisho, Japan, and Heppenheim, Germany. Darwin and Pearl traveled extensively, circumventing the globe throughout their lives and enjoyed spending their winters in Marco Island, Florida.

Darwin is survived by the love of his life, Pearl (nee Miller); their children, Jeff (Holly) and Gayle (Rob) Ritter; his grandchildren, Hans Juech, Jahna (Dave) Haug, Jahra Juech and William Ritter; great-grandchildren Jude Juech and Anya and Halo Haug; and their Honduran family Roxana and Tony Young, Alejandro, Marcela, Phillipe, Santiago, Adriana and Sofia. Further survived by his loving sisters, Cordell (Jerry) Enright and Norene Johnson; brother-in-law, Carl Groth; sisters-in-law, Lillian Miller and Edith Koerble; nieces, nephews and precious friends. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Sheldon and Melroy.

Darwin was sensitive and warm with an energizing smile. He entered his senior years with purpose and dignity; his gentle spirit is the legacy he leaves his family.

A celebration of his life will take place on Saturday, June 27, at Holy Angels Parish (138 N. Eighth Ave., West Bend) with visitation commencing from 8:30-11:15 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. The burial service will be private for the immediate family.

The family would like to thank his steadfast and loving caretakers.

If desired, memorials would be appreciated to Holy Angels Parish, MEDICO (an organization that serves the medical needs of Honduran people) or any charity of your choice.

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