Walter F. Dudarenke, 96
May 20, 1921 — June 27, 2017
Walter F. Dudarenke, 96, of Van Dyne, passed away June 27, 2017, at the Hospice Home of Hope. He was born in Sheboygan on May 20, 1921, to the late Fred and Helen (Jung) Dudarenke.
Walter served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II. On Jan. 16, 1949, Walter married Alice M. Schnell in Fredonia.
Walter started his career in cheesemaking at Five Corners in Sheboygan County. Walter and his wife, Alice, were owner/operators of the Cheeseville Cheese Factory in Washington County and St. Killian Cheese Factory in Fond du Lac County. They retired from the cheese business in 1981.
In their retirement, they often went to Florida for the winter. Fishing was Walter’s passion.
Walter is survived by six children, Karen Kleinke of Van Dyne, Jean (Jim) Backhaus of Mount Calvary, Charles (Chris) Dudarenke of Fond du Lac, Thomas (Kim) Dudarenke of Lomira, Gerald (Pat) Dudarenke of Rockledge, Florida, and Jeffrey (Ruth) Dudarenke of Fond du Lac; and grandchildren, Jared Backhaus, Jamie Dudarenke, Justin and Nicholas Dudarenke, Nicklous and Ashley Dudarenke, and Matthew Dudarenke. Walter is further survived by one sister, Betty (Don) Klein; sisters-inlaw, Gladys Paulson, Grace (Ed) Mikalofsky, Louise Thiel, Evelyn Schnell and Patricia Schnell; brother-in-law, Jim (Margie) Schnell; and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and his faithful companion, Rockie. Walter was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, in 2014; one sister, Erna (Norman) Radtke; two brothers, Gustav Dudarenke and Erwin (Carol) Dudarenke; sisters-in-law, Helen (Otto) Kaderabek and Bernice (Steven) Zielke; and brothers-in-law, Eugene Paulson, Wallace Thiel, Joseph Schnell, John Schnell, Kenneth (Marie) Schnell and Francis Schnell.
Walter’s family will receive relatives and friends at the Zacherl Funeral Home (875 E. Division St., Fond du Lac) on Saturday, July 1, from 10-11:15 a.m.
At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 1, a Liturgy of the Word will be celebrated at the Zacherl Funeral Home. Entombment will be in the Shrine of Rest Mausoleum, Ledgeview Memorial Park.
Memorials in Walter’s name may be directed to the family.
The family wishes to thank the Hospice Home of Hope for the care given to both Walter and Alice.
Zacherl Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family: www.zacherlfuneralhome.com.