Born Nov. 3, 1920 in Green Bay to Rudolf and Josephine (Mommaerts) Patzke, he graduated from Green Bay West High School in 1938 and was named Athlete of the Year in both track and football in 1938 with some of his sports records still standing. He served in the United States Army in World War II and attained the rank of First Sergeant. On July 20, 1942, he married Rosemary Welles, in Green Bay at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Together they enjoyed 71 years of marriage and were blessed with eight children. He was instrumental in starting the Inhalation Therapy Department at both St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, and Marinette General Hospital.
After retirement, the couple enjoyed traveling to Germany, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, and Hawaii. He loved golfing, gardening, bird watching, and spoiling his cat Bob. A devout Catholic, he was active at SS. Edward and Isidore Catholic Church where he was a lector, communion distributor, and attended daily Mass. He was also a member of the Suamico VFW Post #9409, the De Pere Mens Club and the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife, Rosemary; children and their spouses, Bill and Jane Patzke, Tom and Doreen Patzke, Steve and Lori Patzke, Theresa and Chris Guiver, Joe and Catherine Patzke; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Millie Patzke; two sisters, Leona DeCleene and LaVerne DeCleene; a son-in-law, Ralph Lovell and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three daughters, Marge, Mary Ann, and Carolyn; a grandson, Zachary; three brothers, Mike, Roy and Bob and a sister, Genevieve.
Friends called at SS. Edward and Isidore Catholic Church, Flintville on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 9:30 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Rev. David J. Hoffman officiated with burial in SS. Edward and Isidore Cemetery. Blaney Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.