Doepke, Herbert V.
Herbert Victor (Tubba) Doepke, 95, Rothschild, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at Lili Assisted Living, Rothschild. He was the last survivor of a family of four boys.
Herbert was born October 17, 1918 in Rothschild, WI, to the late August and Emma (Scheel) Doepke. He attended and graduated from Wausau High school in 1936.
Herbert met the love of his life, Mabel, through his sister-in-law and brother-in-law. They had their first date on New Year's Eve at the Rothschild Pavilion. On June 28, 1947 he married Mabel R. (Miller) Doepke, at St. Therese Catholic Church in Rothschild. They had 63 years together. She preceded him in death on November 6, 2010.
Herbie was a WWII Army veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater until his honorable discharge in 1945.
Herbert worked for Salvo Chemical and then Zimpro, Inc. until his retirement. He was a member of the Rothschild Fire Department for a period of time and also served as Rothschild Village Trustee. Herb enjoyed woodworking and visiting with family and friends. As he settled into retirement, he enjoyed running errands and chatting with employees of the local business establishments. He had a great sense of humor and was a long time Packer and Brewer fan. Herb and Mabel spent some of their retirement wintering in Leesburg, FL. Herb and Mabel also enjoyed the occasional trip to the casino and playing bingo.
Herb is survived by his children; Donald (Sandy), Larry (Marie) and Garry (Patty), all of Weston. He is further survived by his grandchildren; Shelley (Brad) Rowe, Mosinee, Tanya (Tim) Boock, Minneapolis, Daniel (Jennifer) Doepke, Highland Park, IL, Melanie Gburek, Mosinee, Jason (Maria) Doepke, Ringle, John Doepke, Winona, MN, and Lauri Doepke, Weston; great grandchildren Dylan Rowe, Elizabeth Quick, Gage and Paris Boock, Miles Doepke, Sophia Gburek, Bennett Engstrom, Alivia, Magdalene and Zackary Doepke and Michael Marie and Geneva Doepke.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers Arnold, Milton and Leslie Doepke.
A funeral mass will be held at 12:00 pm, on Monday, January 6, 2014 at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 602 Military Road, Rothschild, WI. The Very Rev. Allan Slowiak will officiate. Entombment will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Wausau. Visitation will take place from 10:00 am until the time of services at the church.
Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences can be given at www.brainardfuneral.com
The family would like to thank the staff at Lili Assisted Living for their help and care during this time.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center
5712 Memorial Court Weston, WI 54476
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Jan. 3 to Jan. 10, 2014