Poeske, Alfred Walter Emil
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April 16, 1920 -
June 13, 2013
Surrounded by his loving family, Alfred Walter Emil Poeske, entered his eternal rest with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Al was born to Fritz and Hilda (Aschbrenner) Poeske on April 16, 1920, in Wausau, WI. His early years were spent on the family's dairy farm. He graduated from Edgar High School in 1938 and moved to Washington, DC, to begin a 38 year career with the USDA. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the Philippines during WWII. He achieved the rank of Sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1945. Returning to the USDA, he was transferred to Kerrville, TX in 1947, where he was in administration. His team worked successfully on the screw worm eradication program at the entomology station there. He met the love of his life, Viola "Ola" Emma (Kott) Poeske and they were married on April 24, 1954. They were blessed with four children in the next five years. In 1963, the USDA transferred him to Fargo, ND. He enjoyed showing his young family the joy of living there by encouraging them in ice skating, tobogganing, and building snow castles. In 1967, he was transferred to Brownsville, TX. Not wanting to uproot his teenagers, his finished his career with the USDA by commuting to Hyattsville, MD. In 1986, he and Ola retired to Boerne to be close to their children and grandchildren.
Active in Zion Lutheran Church of Kerrville, TX, Trinity Lutheran Church of Brownsville, TX and most recently St. John Lutheran Church of Boerne he served in various capacities including Sunday School superintendent, president of the congregation, usher, chairman of property committee and was active in Men in Mission. Al served on the Boy Scout Committee as treasurer and was a major supporter of all scouting activities for the St. John Lutheran Boy Scout Troop 143 and Meadowlands from 1998 until his passing. One of the greatest joys of his life was cheering on his grandchildren at all their athletic events.
Al was a rock to both his family and his church family. He loved the Lord deeply and left a legacy of faith, commitment and service. His positive outlook throughout his life influenced so many and he will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
Al is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Margaret Bertha Poeske; and his brother, Wilbur Poeske. Al is survived by his sister, Dorothy (George) Rosene of Grayslake, IL; his wife of 59 years, Ola Poeske; daughters, Margaret (Carol) Poeske of Parker, CO; Bette (Clyde) Yost and Ann (Ron) Conant of Boerne; and son, David (Krys )Poeske, also of Boerne. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Mike (Tracey) Yost, Greg (Brittney) Yost, Joshua Conant, William Glaskox, Matthew Conant, Jason (Lauren) Mims, Heather Poeske and Kyle Poeske. Additionally, he is survived by his great- grandchildren, Hannah, Hailey and Aiden Yost, Tala Conant and Reese Yost.
A celebration of his life was held Tuesday, June 18, at 4 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church. Following cremation, his ashes will be interred in the Garden of Memories in Kerrville,Texas. Donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church, 315 E. Rosewood, Boerne, TX 78006; Hill Country Youth Ranch, PO Box 67, Ingram, TX 78025-9910; or, the favorite
Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on July 7, 2013