Brian L. Ciriacks, 71

Brian L. Ciriacks, 71, of West Bend, formerly of Hartford and the town of Rome, passed away peacefully Jan. 17, 2019, surrounded by family.

Brian was born June 11, 1947, in West Bend to the late Elmer and Rita (nee Klein) Ciriacks. Brian graduated from Slinger High School in 1965. He honorably served his country in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1968 with the United States Army. In 1983, Brian created the first United Vietnam Veterans Organization Post in Hartford, serving as its first commander, something he was very proud of. Brian loved riding his Harley-Davidson to Sturgis, South Dakota, every year cruising the waters on his pontoon boat, and taking care of his always pristine yard. Nothing gave “Grandpa B” more joy than rewarding his grandkids for good report cards and spoiling them with his famous root beer floats.

Those Brian leaves behind to cherish his memory include his two children, Jill (Chris) Galasinski and Matthew (Carianne) Ciriacks, and four grandchildren, Chloe, Madeline, Samuel and Emma. He is further survived by two siblings, Daniel (Lynn) Ciriacks and Mary Ellen (Kons) Sadownikow; former spouse and special friend, Mary Ciriacks; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Brian is preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Joel (Carol) Ciriacks, and son, Todd Ciriacks.

A memorial service honoring Brian’s memory will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Myrhum-Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington St., West Bend, WI 53095.

Family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, Brian asked that memorials would be given to the MACC Fund or the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

The family would like to give thanks to special friend, Bonnie, The Kathy Hospice for their love and care of Brian, and the Kraemer Cancer Center.

The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Home of West Bend has been entrusted with Brian’s arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may be found at