THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
James D. Uecke
James Douglas Uecke, 86, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20 with his family by his side after a two year struggle with cancer.
Born in Menominee, Mi. on March 15, 1927 to Fred J. and Marie (Hruska) Uecke, he attended Menominee High School Class of 1945. He joined the U.S. Navy Seabees and served in the South Pacific in World War II from 1945 to 1946. On Oct. 30, 1948, he married Mary Dufrisne and the couple recently celebrated their 65th anniversary. He was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church, Menominee.
The family was well known as tradesmen in the Bricklayers Union, with most of his brothers working alongside him on many area buildings. He enjoyed Sunday drives with his family, pointing out the buildings he built. His favorite saying was, I must be getting old, they're tearing all of the buildings down that I worked on, and I guess my 100 year warranty has expired!
He was a staunch supporter of veterans groups in the area and instrumental in getting the first DAV Transportation Van for local Veterans that needed a ride to the VA Hospital. He was Past Commander of the Menominee VFW Post 1887, District VFW Commander and Commander of the DAV Chapter 25 for 14 years. He enjoyed serving others and gave back to local Veterans. His joy in life was gardening, specifically tomatoes with many people knowing him as the Tomato King. He shared his bounty with many people, had a wicked sense of humor and could make a tough situation much easier for all, and unique phrases like CUT THE PIE!, will be our legacy.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; four daughters, Linda (Rob) Ecker, of Sheboygan, Debby (Roger) Henning, of Sharon, Carla (Joe) Wagner, of Crivitz, Kelly (Jack) Owen, of Menomonie, Wi.; three grandchildren; four sisters, Glenne Waugus, of Menasha, Jane (Wally) Garner, of Machesney Park, Ill., Jean (Harry) Ruff, of Marinette and Claryce Maedke, of Coleman; two brothers, Warden Mose (Joyce) Uecke and Jack (Nora) Uecke, both of Menominee; two sisters-in-law, Patricia (Russell) Uecke and Judy (Daniel) Uecke.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Alan, four brothers, Fred Gus Uecke, Russell Uecke, Daniel Uecke and Kenneth Uecke.
Visitation was held on Monday Nov. 25 at Anderson-Kell Funeral Home, Menominee from 4 p.m until a Veteran's Service at 6 p.m., followed by a prayer service. Pastor Scott Ehle officiated with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee.