THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Bradley Lemke, 71, of Niagara, passed away Wednesday, July 16, after a brief battle with cancer.
Born Oct. 16, 1942 in Milwaukee, to John and Leora (Reinke) Lemke, after graduating from Central High School in West Allis, he enlisted in the United States Army. He married Pauline "Sunshine" Umlauft in West Allis on Oct. 6, 1962. A mechanic, a manager of two fueling stations and a factory worker, he found adventure of the open road, driving long haul for Smeester Bros. He was known by his fellow truckers as "Shadow and he continued his trucking experience with US Special Delivery.
As a youngster, he felt a calling to the Lord, so at the age of 52, he followed that calling and entered the Lay Ministry Program. He became a Deacon at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford, Mi., and was able to baptize his only grandson.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pauline "Sunshine"; children, Todd (Jill) Lemke, of Kingsford, Lisa (Jim) Reed, of Randville; five grandchildren; a great-granddaugher; a sister, Melodie (Stan) Wacker, of Reno, Nev.; a brother-in-law, Dennis Rozell, of Milwaukee and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister and brother-in-law, Rochelle and Herman Winkelmann and a sister-in-law, Beverly Winker.
Visitation was held from 9 a.m. until time of a Celebration of Life at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 21 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, with burial in the Niagara Cemetery. Pallbearers were Joe Haring, Gary Johnson, Karl Seaholm, Mike Lequia, Shad Brown and Bud Spencer.