Louis Tackes

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WEST BEND, WIS. Former Power resident Louis Tackes, 91, died of complications from falls at home Saturday, Nov. 3, at Samaritan House in West Bend, Wis.

Services have taken place, with burial with military honors in St. Mary's Cemetery in Lake Church, Wis.

A longtime Belgium, Wis., resident, Mr. Tackes was a man who willingly served his country and his community. Mr. Tackes was a former Village of Belgium trustee and a charter member of the Belgium Lion's Club. He could always be counted on to help at the Wisconsin Lion's Camp and to open and close Camp American Legion. "He was going to try to help this year," his son William said. "He had 91 wonderful years, except for the last six months," his son said. "He died peacefully."

Mr. Tackes was born Aug. 17, 1921, in Power, the son of Joseph and Katherine Keller Tackes. He graduated from Power High School and was the last surviving member of his class. He was a pilot in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving from 1942 to 1945. He flew 25 missions. On one mission his plane was shot down behind enemy lines. He was awarded several medals, including the Distinguished Service Medal.

On June 22, 1946, he and Elaine Croatt were married at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lake Church, Wis. Mrs. Tackes died in 2007. The couple met in Port Washington, Wis., where Mr. Tackes moved when he was 18 to live with his uncle and work at the Wisconsin Chair Factory. The couple settled in Belgium, where they raised six children. Mr. Tackes was manager of manufacturing at Modern Equipment Co. in Port Washington, retiring after many years. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Lake Church and the Belgium American Legion Post. Mr. Tackes enjoyed gardening, woodworking, and spending time with his family.

Mr. Tackes is survived by six children, Daniel (Margaret Ann) of Menomonee Falls, Wis., Bruce (Linda) of Seymour, Tenn., Janet Pelkey of Elkridge, Md., Lee of Belgium, William of Cedar Grove, Wis., and Alan (Susan) of Granada Hills, Calif.; five grandchildren, Emily, JinHo, Ryan, Joshua and Paul; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his sisters, Marcella Tackes and Helen Paulson both of Great Falls and Clara Perrier of Conrad; brothers Joseph (Shirley) of Power, Jerome (Patricia) of Hilton Head, S.C., and James (Rosemary) of Stevensville; and sister-in-law Vernette Tackes of Port Washington.

Mr. Tackes was preceded in death by his brothers Mike and Clarence.

Memorials to the Belgium Lion's Club or a are suggested.

Condolences may be posted online at www.gftribune.com/obituaries.

Published in Great Falls Tribune on Nov. 14, 2012
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