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Randy Wernecke

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Randy Wernecke Obituary
Wernecke, Randy

Randy Wernecke, age 58, of 9230 Carstens Lake Road, Manitowoc, died unexpectedly on Friday, January 4, 2013 at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center in Manitowoc.

Randy was born on July 13, 1954 in Manitowoc to Jeanette (Lutzke) Wernecke and the late Lloyd O. Wernecke. He was a 1972 graduate of Valders High School. Randy owned and operated Randy's Excavating, sold state certified firewood, and did snow removal for many Manitowoc businesses.

Throughout his 30 year career in excavating nine and eighteen hole golf courses, he provided essential design and on-site supervision to always ensure a successful project. He built courses that met the highest quality construction to withstand the rigors of intensive use and be enjoyed indefinitely. Often times, Randy worked 12 hour days seven days a week. He was considered a valued worker who was motivated and had a keen sense for perfection by many of his clients. Randy worked hand in hand with the former Homer Fieldhouse, president of Feldhausen Recreation and Land Development in Madison. Randy built a total of 14 golf courses including: Sherwood Golf Course, Sherwood; Seven Lakes, Whitelaw; Fox Hills Resort, Mishicot; Wandering Springs, Wayside; Lake Breeze, Winneconne; Lakewood Hills, Iowa; Cedar Rapids Country Club, Iowa; Boulder Ridge Golf Course, Illinois; Granite Ridge Golf Course, Ashland; New London Golf Club, New London; and CNC Links, Manitowoc. He also did renovations at Tuckaway Country Club, Milwaukee; Oneida Golf and Riding, Green Bay; Twin Oaks Country Club, Denmark; Meadow Links, Manitowoc; and Monroe Country Club, Monroe. Randy was renowned for his experience in operating a bulldozer and setting perfect grades as well as shaping and finish work.

In his spare time, Randy enjoyed fishing, especially ice fishing on English Lake and Carstens Lake. He was also an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He enjoyed gardening and canning his numerous quarts of tomato juice. Randy was always there for his friends and family and especially enjoyed entertaining people in his shop where his buddies came to play cards or watch TV. In his younger days, Randy played baseball, was an avid deer hunter, and snowmobiler. He also learned to play guitar, and in his teens he showed his favorite grey horse named Stormy, which earned many awards at various horseshows in the area and in Madison. He worked hard all his life and his vacation time came when he attended the Great Lakes Logging Congress conventions held in Green Bay or Escanaba, Michigan. Randy enjoyed his home tucked between the cedar and fir trees where he viewed the birds and wild life as well as fishing from his pond that he had excavated. Randy's jokes and pranks will be sadly missed as well as his home-made fish frys. He will also be missed for his folky harmonica playing.

Survivors include six children: Clayton (Sara) Wernecke, Manitowoc; Lucas Wernecke, Superior; Arnold (Karlee) Wernecke, Manitowoc; Miranda Wernecke, Green Bay; and twins Kendra and Colton Wernecke, Mishicot; three grandchildren: Carter, Emalyn and Julian Wernecke. He is further survived by his loving companion, Jeanette Antonie, who worked side by side with him building golf courses, sawing logs, and removing snow. He is also survived by his mother, Jeanette Wernecke and step-dad Eugene Springstube, Manitowoc; and his sister and brother-in-law, Cheryl and Charlie Bauer, Newton; nephew, Charles (Emily) Bauer, Dale; and niece, Carla (Jonathon) DeJardin, Manitowoc. Randy was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Wernecke and stepmother, Delores Wernecke, and his beloved German Shepherd, Bebe.

Funeral services will be held at the Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home, N. 11th and St. Clair streets, Manitowoc on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. Deacon Paul Kieffer will officiate with burial to take place at Branch Evergreen Cemetery. Family and friends may call at Harrigan Parkside Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to www.harriganparksidefuneralhome.com

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Newton EMTs and the Valders Ambulance for their help and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorials in Randy's name.

Randy, your family and friends are in total shock that you left us so soon. We knew you were suffering in pain for the last few months. May you sleep in peace free from pain. We love you and will miss you.

Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on Jan. 8, 2013
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