Wayne D. Lemke, 73 |
March 4, 1944 — Oct. 25, 2017
Wayne D. “Whipper” Lemke, 73, of North Wisconsin Street, Port Washington, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton after a courageous battle against prostate cancer.
He was born March 4, 1944, in Port Washington, the son of Edmund and Rose Schroeder Lemke. Wayne grew up in Grafton. He served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1967 as an ordinance supply specialist mainly stationed in Germany.
He was known for his humor and booming laugh that could be heard across a crowded room. He had a reputation for being a rebel and a mischief-maker, but those who knew him, knew what a kind man he was.
He married Dorothy Dempsey on July 10, 1976, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton. They had two daughters and Wayne enjoyed staying home to take care of his girls at every opportunity.
Over the years, Wayne worked in numerous factories in the area, driving forklift in shipping and receiving. Among them were Grafton Foundry, Modern Equipment, Molded Dimensions, Bolens, Simplicity and Kleen Test.
He was an avid bowler in leagues at the former Shannon’s in Grafton and Bley’s in Port Washington, getting the nickname “Whipper.” He enjoyed watching sports, including NASCAR, Little League, golf and college sports. He liked to go deer hunting with his brothers — although he was more likely to pick up his binoculars than his gun and enjoy the nature around him.
Wayne had been a member of the Belgium Memorial American Legion Post 412 and the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82, Port Washington, as well as the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1430. He was an original member of the Ozaukee Guzzlers motorcycle club. This past summer, he proudly celebrated 50 years as a flagman for the Ozaukee County Fair Demolition Derby.
He is survived by his daughters, Elizabeth (Paul Nemchek) Lemke of Port Washington and Catherine (Abe Alcantar) Lemke of St. Paul, Minnesota; grandchildren, Graciela Alcantar and Paul Nemchek Jr.; his sisters, Marilyn (the late Ladimer) Zidek of West Bend; his brothers, Allan (Carol Ann) Lemke of Green Bay, Henry (Bernice) Lemke of Neshkoro and Warren (the late Norma) Lemke of West Bend; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents; godson, Joel Widmer; great-nephews, Shane Lemke and David Lemke; and nephew, Paul Melsheimer.
A celebration of Wayne’s life will take place Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Landt-Theil American Legion, 601 W. Dekora St., Saukville. Military honors at 1 p.m., followed by music, memories and beer! DJ from 2-6 p.m. by Dan of Party Rocker Entertainment. All are welcome to attend.
Poole Funeral Home/Crematory of Port Washington is assisting the family. Information and condolences are available at www.poolefh.com or 262-284-4431.