THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Donald J. Bahrke
Issue Date: January 24, 2018
Donald J. Bahrke, 78, of Green Bay, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 at home with family by his side.
Born Sept. 30, 1939 in Gillett, to the late John and Arlyle (Rusch) Bahrke, he graduated from Gillett High School in 1957 and served in the United States Army from 1958 to 1961, with most of his time on the northern most border of Maine. On Sept. 7, 1963, he married Naomi Schuettpelz and they spent 54 years together.
A member of Redeemer Lutheran Church for over 50 years, he served as an elder and was on many committees. He worked at Response Graphics for over 35 years, retiring in 1996.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, attending his cousin Jeff's auctions, time at their cabin near Lakewood, their tree farm near Mountain, traveling and they loved time with friends visiting Alaska, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and many other places.
He built his own corn cooker and made the best sweet corn, was always ready to help out and treasured time with family and friends. They were Lady Phoenix fans and went to games as long as his health permitted.
He is survived by his wife, Naomi; three sisters, Marie (Dennis) Frederick and Arlene (Roger) Kratzke, both of Clintonville and Joan (Roger) Seitz of Black Creek; a sister-in-law, June (Don) Ruege of Ashwaubenon; three brothers-in-law, Alger (Althea) Schuettpelz of Saint Peters, Mo., Alvin (Ellen) Schuettpelz of De Pere and Dennis Schuettpelz of Suring; nieces and nephews, Wayne (Kelly) Seitz of Black Creek, Ellen (Chris) Baumgartner, Nancy (Lance) Mertens and Retha Kellner, all of De Pere, Kathy (Kent) Troxel of Pulaski, Dean (Debbie) Seitz of Seymour, Mark (Cindy) Seitz of Krakow, Craig Seitz and Chad (Lisa) Schuettpelz, both of Green Bay, Robin (Tim) Zellner of Appleton, Renee (Tom) Borgman of O'Fallon, Mo., Rob (Jill) Schuettpelz of Madison, Rebecca (Jeff) Halcomb of Overland, Mo. and Steve (Rose) Ruege of Columbia City, Or.
His parents preceded him in death.
Visitation was held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Green Bay on Friday, Jan. 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation continued on Saturday, Jan. 20 at the Church from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Rev. Paul Pett officiated, followed by Military Honors performed by the United States Army. Burial was in Fort Howard Memorial Park. Donations can be made to N.E.W. Lutheran High School in his name.