Patrick "Puck" Brotz
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Patrick "Puck" Brotz, 41, of Eugene, OR, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, November 30, 2011, of a heart condition in Oregon.

He was born August 21, 1970 in Sheboygan to the late Rodney and Patricia (Gedig) Brotz. Puck's two sisters Caroline and Katherine were older and took great care of their brother while growing up. He acquired the nickname "Puck" because his sister Katherine couldn't say Patrick.

Being larger than life is how Puck lived. You always knew he was around. He had an excellent sense of humor, was fun loving, always up for an adventure, and always strived to be great at all he did. He was an expert water skier, excelled in winter sports, and was an avid basketball and football player. Puck was also a member of the Marquette University track team. Besides playing sports he was an enthusiastic fan of all the teams he loved. For several years, beginning in 1998, Puck served Elkton High school as the head track coach. He inspired young athletes to strive for greatness and to never lose sight of the fact that sports are supposed to be fun.

Puck loved sports and life, but most of all he loved his family and friends. As a friend he would go out of his way to help whoever he could. Puck had friends, not acquaintances. His greatest accomplishments in life were to care for his family, raise his two beautiful girls, and be a loving husband.

Survivors include his wife Melissa and his daughters Elsa and Hattie Brotz, all of Eugene, OR. He is also survived by his sister Caroline (George) Brotz-Twohig of Elkhart Lake and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Katherine.

A memorial service for Puck will be held Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 3:30 P.M., at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Elkhart Lake. The Reverend Dennis VanBeek will officiate. Friends may visit with family at church on Tuesday from 1:30 P.M. until the time of service. A private burial will take place at St. George Cemetery.

Hattie and Elsa Brotz request, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made towards providing clean water for the Mother and Child Health Center being built in Shinshicho, Ethiopia. Contributions can be made via the website www.holtinternational.org/shinshicho or by calling Larry Carter at 503-430-1869. *Please comment for Patrick or Puck Brotz.*

Zimmer's Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center is assisting the family with local arrangements. Please visit zimmerfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences

Puck's death leaves a void that will never be filled, but his spirit of life will live on with us forever. The best we can do, to remember and honor his life, is to live our lives as he did…. to the fullest.


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Published in Sheboygan Press on Dec. 9, 2011.
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December 15, 2011
M,Elsa and Hattie, it was an honor to have known Puck. Just thinking about his big smile makes me smile inside. I love you and am so sorry for this horrible tragedy. You are all in my thoughts daily.xoxoxo
Stephanie Logan
December 14, 2011
When I first met Puck he frightened me a little just because he was such a big guy..but after holding the flashlight for him on several occasions while fixing fence and out door jobs, I learned to love him as a good friend and great all around guy. I miss that smile and his in put to my problems. God Bless you and your family and know I will always have a place in my heart for you.
Geri Olson
December 13, 2011
Jody, Donna & Mac and Amy & Brian Smith And Hiatt
December 12, 2011
I hesitated on writing anything about Puck, because I didn't want to trivialize my feelings about our friendship. But, the truth is that Puck made every one of his friends feel special. Puck was a rare person...kind, compassionate, funny, generous, and non-judgmental. He was generous with friends and strangers alike. He never judged anyone by where the came from or where they were going in life. And, nearly anyone who had ever met him had a handful of funny stories about him. His life WAS the adventure! I was proud that as his life took some serious turns, he turned to me to share these thoughts, as well. I was looking forward to many more great adventures with Puck, and with our families. There is so much I wish I could say to him. I will miss him always. My sympathies to Caroline, Melissa, and those sweet little girls. To Puck, "I'll have a blue Christmas without you."
Jeff Gahagan
December 9, 2011
Melissa, Hattie, Elsa and Caroline,
Words can not express how we feel at the loss of Patrick. He was truly a spark in all of our lives. His gentle voice, his love of his family and friends we will cherish. Our hearts and love are with you. Paula and Jimmy Benson
December 9, 2011
My dear friend Puck will be missed in a palpable way. The knowledge that this great man and true friend no longer walks among us is deeply saddening. I knew Puck for a decade. We shared some amazing times together. The one guy you want with you when times were hard and the one guy you want with you during the happiest moments in life. Puck made my world a better place for knowing him. I would get calls in the middle of the night and hear this soft voice say "Do you ever think about making cheese?" or "This kid I know (a 45 yr old man....but every one was kid to Puck)" and then the story unfolds as I wake up and realize it is 2:30 am and Puck is not waiting for me to even say "who is this?"...He is on the story and I am going to have to listen to it. But, it was never a burden. It was just Puck being himself.
I was at the funeral and burial in Oregon with Puck's family and friends. I got to meet the people who knew him the best from his childhood (which never really ended!) and know more about the man than ever. I will just have to keep those great memories and moments safe in my heart until we meet again.
I will remember you forever my brother!
This Rose Bowl would have been great to see with you there!
mark rankin
December 9, 2011
I hadn't seen Patrick in years but he was always mentioned with getting together with other friends. He made an impact on peoples lives and his smile and humor were always present. Hugs to Caroline. Dave "Z-man" Zeleznikar
December 9, 2011
Sincere condolences to Patrick's friends and family. I met him while working at Barefoot Bay during the summer of 1997, and I have remembered him since as one of the warmest and most genuine people I have known. His presence will be greatly missed, but his inspiration will continue to be with us.
Ashley Grable
December 9, 2011
We were deeply saddened to hear the news of this tragedy. We only knew Puck, Melissa, Elsa & Hattie through the 6 times a year we enjoyed sitting behind them at the U of O Duck's football games. He made them all fun, he had such enthusiasm! He will be greatly missed by all of us who sat around him those few times a year. I can only imagine the great loss of those who knew him better...
Tammy Ikola
December 9, 2011
To Family and Friends of Patrick,
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. (Rodney and Pat were good friends of my parents/Don and Lois Wehmeyer). I pray for you all, comfort, faith and strength. I thank God for good times, good memories and the promise of Eternal life. We will all be together again!
Lots of love.
BIG, tight, longggggg hugs,
Julie Wentz
Julie Wentz
December 9, 2011
My sympathy goes out to Pat's family. Pat truly was a great person, always smiling and making people laugh (There are lots of great Pat Brotz stories.). I am honored to have known him,he will be greatly missed.
Brian Henschel
December 9, 2011
My deepest sympathy to Puck's entire family and his great circle of friends. I was lucky enough to know him through one of his best friends and he truly will be missed. God Bless
Toni Albert
December 9, 2011
Caroline, I am so sorry for your loss. I never met Patrick, but Sheri said what a wonderful person he was. May God be with you & his family.
Diane Siemers
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