Charles L. Wilke, 75
June 4, 1940 — Oct. 27, 2015
Charles L. Wilke, 75, of Campbellsport, went to his heavenly home Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at his home with his loving family gathered around him.
He was born June 4, 1940, in the town of Wayne, the son of Henry W. and Evelyn (nee Breseman) Wilke. He was baptized at Salem UCC in Wayne and confirmed at St. Lucas Church in Kewaskum. On June 7, 1958, Charles married Kathleen A. Tulowitzky at Hope Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac. Charles and Kathleen were married for 57 years and raised a loving family; Charlie’s family meant everything to him as it continued to grow. He worked at the Gehl Co. for 26 years and then at Maysteel Corp. for 22 years as a quality manager before retiring.
Chuck was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lomira; the Fond du Lac Artist Association, where he was feature artist in 2014; Plymouth Kettle Carvers; Wisconsin Muzzle Loading Association; and Empire Threshing Association. He had a passion for collecting items and a talent for creating something from nothing with his hands. His love for nature showed in his care for property with wild flowers, reforestation and raising and showing polled Herefords.
Those left behind include his loving wife of 57 years, Kathleen; his children, Steven (Mabel) Wilke of Eden, Laurie Buske of Fish Creek, Jeffery (Stephanie) Wilke of Kiel, Gregory (Julie) Wilke of Campbellsport and Jon Paul (Beth) Wilke of Fond du Lac; his grandchildren, Lee (Jennifer) and Peter (fiancée Amy Sniadajewski) Wilke, Clayton and Katelaine Buske, Alec and Austin Wilke, Gregor, Trevor, Tyler, Hope and Haley Wilke, and Ethan and Jonah Wilke; his great-grandchildren, Sophia, Evelyn and Miles Wilke; his brothers, Irvin (Ericka) Wilke and Gerald Wilke; his sister, Vernette (Dan) Casey; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son-in-law, Bryan Buske.
Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 1, from 3-6 p.m. at the Twohig Funeral Home (109 W. Main St., Campbellsport) and Monday, Nov. 2, from 11 a.m. until the time of services at St. John’s Lutheran Church (523 S. Water St., Lomira).
Funeral services will be held at noon Monday, Nov. 2, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lomira. The Rev. Matthew Kiecker will officiate and burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Memorials are appreciated to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Agnesian Hospice Hope. Online guestbook and condolences are at www.twohigfunerals.com.