John A. Kwekkeboom, 79, died peacefully May 9th, 2012 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born November 23, 1932 in Sheboygan, WI, son of the late Clarence and Evelyn Kwekkeboom. He graduated from Sheboygan Central High School in 1951. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring as a Sergeant in 1955. Semper Fi.
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He married the love of his life, Hermine Schwaderer, on July 2, 1955 with whom he raised five children. John served his community as a police officer for the City of Sheboygan (1956 - 1960), and later became a union plumber, finishing his career as a Master Plumber in 1994. He was a 50+ year member of the United Association Plumbers and Fitters, and served 25 years on the LTC apprenticeship advisory committee. He was a member of the Johnsonville Firefighters.
John had a full and happy life. He enjoyed being outdoors tending his wildflowers, collecting antique gasoline engines, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
John is survived by his wife and four children, Kurt (Cynthia) Kwekkeboom of Sheboygan Falls, Karen (Brian) Lowe of Tulsa, OK, Lisa (Doug) Drews of Sheboygan Falls, and Kristine Kwekkeboom (Marc Weber) of Fitchburg, WI. In addition, he is survived by eight grandchildren, Luke, Amy, Levi, Elise, Josiah, Ashley, Elizabeth, Dylan, and one great-grandchild, Remington. He is also survived by a sister, Ruth Prien of Dallas, TX, a special nephew, Paul Kwekkeboom of Roberts, WI, and numerous close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved daughter, Lora Jetzer of Plymouth, and a dear brother, Milo Kwekkeboom of Milwaukee.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 2:30 P.M. at Zimmer Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center (Hwy 42 and JJ Howards Grove). The Reverend Kathryn Kuhn, Pastor of Saron U.C.C. will officiate. Visitation will be held Saturday, at the funeral home from 12:30 P.M. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is inviting friends to bring a photo or special memory about John to post on a memorial board.
Zimmer's Westview Funeral & Cremation Care Center is assisting the family with arrangements.
Please visit zimmerfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.
Our hearts unite with those who were waiting to welcome you on the other side.
The family would like to thank the staff of St. Nicholas Home Health and Hospice for their support and kindness in the last weeks of John's life, particularly Sam and Angie.
Published in Sheboygan Press on May 10, 2012