Joseph Scuglik

  • "So sorry. May God bless you in theses days."
    - Terry Loendorf
  • "Joyce, my sincere sympathy, your memories of your father..."
    - Yvonne Bilak-Krause
  • "Joe is with his beloved Bernice! May you find peace in all..."
    - Barb Nyara

Joseph Scuglik

1922 - 2019

Loving Husband, Father, Servant of God and Patriot, Joseph Scuglik, 96, of Kenosha, passed away Jan. 8, 2019 at his home.

Joe was born in Kenosha on April 5, 1922, to Stefan and Pauline Scuglik. He was educated in Kenosha Schools.

From 1942-1945, Joe served in the Army Air Corps during World War II flying over 30 missions in the B17 as a Flight Engineer and Top Turret Gunner. Joe and his crew crash landed 3 times and he was presented the "Lucky Bastard Club" award. Joe earned a Purple Heart when he was injured as his plane was strafed with machinegun fire, killing the pilot, while Joe, as the top turret gunner, as well as the waist gunner were wounded.

He also was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with a four-leaf cluster, the European-African-Middle East Medal with 4 Bronze Stars, The Normandy-Northern Europe Ribbon for his D-Day Missions, The American Defense Medal, The French Cross Honorable Conflict and Victory Medal for World War II. Joe proudly was among the veterans that participated in the second honor flight of Wisconsin WWII veterans in May of 2010.

After his time in the service, Joe returned to the United States and married Bernice Burdick on July 28, 1945.

He worked his career at MacWhyte Wire Rope as Rope Mill Superintendent until his retirement.

Joseph was a dedicated lifelong member of St Anthony's Catholic Church in Kenosha and he served his parish over 50 years as a trustee and usher. Joe was also a member of the Slovak Catholic Sokol, First Catholic Slovak Union and many MacWhyte Clubs.

Joe is survived by his children, James (Betsy) Scuglik of Kenosha, Joyce (Achille) Infusino of Kenosha, and Edward (Deborah) Scuglik of Neenah and daughter-in-law, Kim Scuglik of Rhinelander. Joe is also survived by nine grandchildren, Brian (Jenifer) Scuglik, Michael (Monique) Scuglik, Kevin Scuglik, Jason Scuglik, Daniel (Sara) Infusino, Nicholas (Brooke) Infusino, Jaclyn (Christopher) Zielke, Timothy Infusino (Nicki Shadle) and Jennifer Scuglik; as well as 11 great grandchildren; sister in law, Marilyn Burdick, his brothers, Rudy (Delores), William and Tony (Gloria) and sister-in-law, Pauline.

He is preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Bernice (Burdick); his son, Richard; a granddaughter, Andrea, his sister, Wilma who died in infancy, brothers, Steve and Paul, sisters-in-law, Ann Tucker and Elsie Scuglik; and his parents, Stefan and Pauline. He is also preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Delores and brother-in-law, Herman Rotz.

Funeral Services honoring Joe's life will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, beginning with a prayer service at 9:15 a.m. at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 5100 22nd Avenue. Entombment with full military honors will follow in All Saints Mausoleum. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances be considered to either the Dr. Alfred John Capelli Hospice and Palliative Care Fund c/o Aurora Health Care Foundation, Aurora Health Care Foundation, 950 N. 12th St. Ste. A511, Milwaukee, WI 53233, St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 5100 22nd Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140 or St Joseph's Catholic Academy, 2401 69th St., Kenosha, WI 53143.

The family would also like to extend their thanks for the exceptional care provided by the late Dr. A John Capelli, Dr. Joseph Paukner, Mark Petersen, and the entire team at the Aurora 22nd Avenue Clinic in addition to D'Asia from Societies Assets, and the Aurora Palliative and Hospice care team. Also, a special thank is extemded to his grandson-in-law, Christopher Zielke, for his time and special care.

Piasecki-Althaus Funeral Home & Cremation Services

3720 39th Avenue

Kenosha, Wisconsin 53144


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