Sept. 20, 1944 — March 13, 2017
Walter J. "Wally" Kieckbusch, 72, of West Bend, entered eternal life Monday, March 13, 2017.
Wally was born Sept. 20, 1944, in Milwaukee, the son of the late Walter and Esther (nee Keller) Kieckbusch. On Oct. 11, 1969, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Gillich at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Hartford.
Wally was a sports enthusiast and excelled in bowling, including two "300" games. He had a passion for a variety of music genres, especially classic country western. Driving students for Bellin Transport wasn’t just a job, but an opportunity for Wally to make a positive impact on these students. Highlights of his summer included road trips to North Carolina and time in Port Washington near the lake. Annual Brewer tailgating parties were enthusiastically planned by him. Most importantly, Wally enjoyed spending time with his family. He loved seeing his grandchildren succeed and took great pride in whatever they were involved in. Wally will be deeply missed and loved by all who knew him.
Those Wally left behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 47 years, Elizabeth; four children, Paul (Fletcher) Kieckbusch of Pittsboro, North Carolina, Anne (Tim) Kaufmann of Sheboygan, Jane (Brian) Menster of Bettendorf, Iowa, and Matthew (Marie) Kieckbusch of Brookfield; 10 grandchildren, Covington and LillieMaie Kieckbusch, Spencer, AJ and Elizabeth Kaufmann, Luke, Maggie and Lauren Menster, and Stuart and Wilson Kieckbusch; a sister, Patricia (Joseph) Kohl; three sisters-in-law, Marie Pinzl, Carolyn Muehleck and Barbara (Richard) Gerbitz; a brother-in-law, John Gillich; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, Wally was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, John Pinzl and Gerald Muehleck, and his parents-in-law.
A Memorial Mass for Wally will be held at noon Saturday, April 1, at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church (1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend) with the Rev. Tom DeVries officiating.
The Kieckbusch family will greet relatives and friends Saturday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Heart Association and ALS Association are appreciated.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Wally’s arrangements. Additional information and online guestbook may be found atwww.myrhum-patten.com.