Schulke, Orville N.
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Orville N. "Shorty" Schulke, 72, Pulaski, died Tuesday morning, March 19, 2013, at a Green Bay hospital with his family at his side, following a short illness. The son of Edward and Irene Schulke was born June 14, 1940 and grew up in the Shiocton area.
He worked at Robaidek Silo, Inc., in Angelica, where he met the girl of his dreams, Joan Robaidek. Shortly after, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and served his country from 1963 - 1965. On April 8, 1967, he married Joan. "Shorty" continued working at Robaidek Silo and, in 1975, the couple purchased a farm in the Town of Angelica, where they farmed and raised their family. Orville was also a dealer for Clay Equipment. He was the recipient of the 2008 Cowbell Award, presented by the Shawano County Holstein Association.
His great loves in life were family, farming, Friday night fish fries, and 'checking up on the neighbors.' GOD MUST HAVE NEEDED A FARMER; ORVILLE WENT HOME ON NATIONAL AGRICULTURE DAY.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Joan; five daughters, Connie (Wayne) Nischke, Pulaski, Lorie (Greg) Salentine, New Franken, Linda Gabor (special friend, Dr. Rod Smith), Menomonee Falls, Susan (Kurt) Ferfecki, Pulaski, Jill (Jason) Bergner, Krakow; eight grandchildren, Ashley and Kayla Nischke, Clare and John Salentine, Nathan, Whitney, and Kaylee Ferfecki, and Caleb Bergner; one sister, Carol Maas, Appleton; one brother, Gary (Ellen) Schulke, Shiocton; one sister-in-law, LaVonne Schulke, Cecil; Joan's family, Ron (Janice) Robaidek, Carol Van Lannen, Jane Robaidek, Jean Robaidek, and Don (Donna) Robaidek, all of Pulaski, and Mary (Dan) Woehrer, Wauwatosa; his godchildren, Debbie Maas and Mary Fischer; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Roger and Ray Schulke; Joan's parents, Julius and Virgilla Robaidek; two brothers-in-law, Richard Maas and Roger Van Lannen.
Friends may call at Marnocha Funeral Home, Pulaski from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, with the Closing Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. The visitation continues at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Assumption B.V.M. Church, 124 E. Pulaski St., Pulaski. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the church, Fr. Finian Zaucha, O.F.M. presiding, followed by full military honors by the Pulaski Area Veterans. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.
The family would like to thank Dr. Gallion, Dr. Lee, and Dr. Danowit for their compassionate care and concern.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.marnochafuneralhome.com
Marnocha Funeral Home
186 E. Pulaski Street Pulaski, WI 54162
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Mar. 21, 2013