Carl R. Konkel Jr., 52
July 26, 1965 — Dec. 9, 2017

Carl R. Konkel Jr., 52 On Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, Carl R. “Bud” Konkel Jr. was tragically taken away from us too soon, but he died doing what he loved doing, for a person he loved unconditionally, at a place that he loved deeply.

The Golden Boy was born July 26, 1965, and was the son of the late Carl Richard Konkel and Alice Mae (nee Brosowsky). He was the fun-loving and crazy brother of Kathryn (Jeff) Walczyk, Susan (Barry) Feeley, and Judith (Paul) Duwe; uncle to Massimo, John, Rebecca, Megan, and Justin; and best friend and buddy of “The Farmer” Kurt Grasse. He is further survived by family and numerous friends.

Bud was rekindling his special relationship with his beloved ex-wife, Kristin Tarantino, and was stepfather to Stefanie Fendt (Joe Carlson).

He was the devoted and loving father of Shelby Mae Konkel, whom he loved with all his heart. His world revolved around his “Angel” and he was especially proud of her upcoming graduation from college.

While attending West Milwaukee High School, he worked part time after school at Artic Refrigeration. His mentor, Harold, encouraged him to go into service work. Harold told him he’ll never be rich, but he’ll always have money. Bud followed his advice and graduated from MATC with an associate’s degree in air conditioning and refrigeration. His instructor, Harvey, was also an important person and mentor in his life. Later on, after Bud had a few years of work experience, he and his friend Gordy taught evening classes together in air conditioning and refrigeration at MATC.

After graduation, he started working at Action Heating and Cooling. Throughout the next 25-plus years, he worked as a service technician at Anderson Brothers, Thermo Dynamics and J.F. Ahern. He said it was the same BS at each company but just a different colored truck. He spent his last 5 1/2 years at Illingworth Kilgust as a service technician foreman. He was a proud union member of Local 601 for 26 years; Building Trade Refrigeration Journeyman. Bud was a hard worker and always had his customer’s best interests in mind. He always went above and beyond. He was very smart and extremely talented, so he always got the jobs that no one else could figure out, so the joke was “It’s a Bud job.” Our brother had a heart of gold. He didn’t have a pot to piss in, but he’d gladly give you the shirt off his back. All you had to do is call him and he’d be there. He was always helping someone out with whatever they needed and he never expected anything in return.

You might have to wait for him though; he was never on time. He’d joked he’ll be late for his own funeral. Bud was a friend to everyone he met. His bigheartedness continues after his death by being an organ donor. Bud enjoyed life, whether it was hunting, fishing, riding his Harley, making prize-winning wine, cooking, canning, gardening, dirt-track racing at Hales Corners Speedway, he loved working on cars, having lunch with his daughter, or just being with family and friends. He loved the river behind his house and sitting around the bonfires with his best friend, Kurt. His dream was to remodel his “Yeller House” after which he completely gutted the place.

I last saw Bud at lunchtime Saturday when he came back to our home to warm up. We were talking and joking around when he said, “You come up with these crazy ideas for wine and I make them into prize winners.” Bud was a member of the Wisconsin Vintners Association. A special thanks to Jim Remus for all your help and guidance when Bud first started making wine and along the way.

A special thank you to the Newburg Fire Department and Newburg EMTS along with West Bend Intercept, Washington County Deputy Medical Examiner Garbisch and Detective Killey for their professionalism, exceptional efforts, care and concern during this difficult time. Thank you for being our brother, father, husband and all the fun and laughs throughout the years. There was never a dull moment with you around!!! May you now rest in peace with Dortz, Dakota and Montana. Sproe, you are loved and will be missed. Love, Punk.

In lieu of flowers, to honor Bud’s memory, we are asking you to help us to make Bud’s dream come true by completing the Yeller House with either a donation of money, time, materials, or labor. Please make checks payable to Yeller House and deposit by mail or in person at any BMO Harris Bank branch location of your choice. (Check with funeral home about setting up a bank account and include that info). If you want to help out in any way, please feel free to call or text Kathy on Bud’s cell at 262-323-4545. Please do not leave a message. Visitation will be Saturday at Schaff Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 5 p.m.

There will be a memorial gathering held in late January at the Newburg Fire Department. More details to follow at a later date.