Brunke, Allen Robert "Albert"
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Allen Robert "Albert" Brunke of Sheboygan, WI died Monday, October 8, 2012, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI at age 51.
Allen was born July 9, 1961, in Milwaukee to Robert and Rose Brunke. He grew up in Milwaukee and attended Custer High School. He was a talented athlete, and his true passion has always been baseball and softball. After high school, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska for four years. During this time Allen was married to Judith Bascom.
Upon completion of his service and finalization of his divorce in 1984, Allen moved to Sheboygan where he was a deejay, a radio announcer under the name Al Roberts in Plymouth, and a play by play announcer for high school basketball games with Mike Martin. A proud moment for Allen was announcing a game at Helfaer Field in Milwaukee for the Diamonds Baseball team and singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" like Harry Caray. He also worked at Kohler Company and Ella's Dela. In the summers, he loved umpiring softball games at Wildwood Softball Complex, having just completed his 20th year.
Allen was also a great coach. He was very proud of starting "The Sandlotters," the youngest softball team at Wildwood. In addition, he enjoyed cheering on and helping coach his son, Alex in wrestling and football. Unfortunately Allen was afraid of water, so needless to say, he never helped coach his daughter, Jessica's swim team.
Allen loved the Bears, the Celtics, the Red Socks, Kentucky Derby Racing and Sheboygan South High School Wrestling. He was a caring and fun loving individual who was always there for his friends and family when they needed him.
Allen is survived by his daughter, Jessica Greenlee, and his son, Alex Riegel, as well as his significant other of 12 years, Linda Olsen, her son, Jeffrey Olsen (whom he thought of as a son), his many friends from the ball field, and his cat, Sadie Mae.
"Go the distance" was Allen's favorite quote when trying to encourage a team of youngsters he was coaching, his children, his peers, or even himself. It implies that he never measured success by perfection; instead Allen measured success by effort, determination, and will. Let us all strive to "go the distance" in every area of our life and be doing this we will honor his memory.
There will be a memorial and dedication ceremony at Wildwood Park in the Spring of 2013. A fund has been established at Wells Fargo Bank in the name of Allen R. Brunke Wildwood Memorial. Blaney Funeral Home, Green Bay, is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.
His family would like to thank the staffs of Marsho Clinic, St. Nicholas Hospital, and St. Vincent Hospital for the outstanding care they provided.
Published in Sheboygan Press on Oct. 16, 2012