Harlan Kamke

Kamke, Harlan

Harlan Kamke, 88, of Schofield, passed away Friday, November 02, 2012 at Hospice House.

Harlan was born October 24, 1924 to Faale and Helen (Gies) Kamke in Schofield. He served his country in World War II, in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Rothschild/Schofield V.F.W. He went on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with his daughter Holly. He married Gertrude Wallenius, October 25, 1947 at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. He started working with Harris Floor Covering before going into his own business, Harlans Floor Covering. He helped many friends and family members by laying floor tile and carpet without accepting anything in return. Harlan was Schofield's Municipal Judge for 46 years. He served Schofield and Weston when the two courts combined. He also spent 43 years on the Schofield Fire Department. As EMT/Firefighter he went out on many calls, he was always ready to serve.

Harlan was a very active member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Being a life-long member, he helped his mother by playing the organ when she went to communion, and sang in the choir for many years. He served the Lord faithfully all his life, and donated much of his time to various church projects. Harley was in many sports activities. He was one of the founders of the Kelly Athletic Club. Harlan played basketball for Egdalls and Harris Floor covering. He also played and managed fast pitch, slow pitch, and baseball. He was a die-hard fan of the Chicago Cubs, the Green Bay Packers, and the Wisconsin Badgers.

Harlan is survived by his daughter Holly, two grandchildren Heather and Tyler, two brothers Merlyn (Arletta) and James, a sister Kathleen (Rodney Huber), other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by both parents, his wife Gertrude, and two brothers Donald and Lance.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Lutheran Church. Pastor Davidson will officiate. Visitation will be Monday, November 5, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home, and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences can be expressed at jjbfh.com.


Published in the Wausau Daily Herald from Nov. 3 to Nov. 4, 2012