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Erwin R. Krukowski

Issue Date: February 27, 2020

Erwin (Erv) R. Krukowski, 95, of Wausaukee, passed away in the early hours of Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 at Rennes Health Care Center-East in Peshtigo with his wife Joan and granddaughter Candie Wontor at his side.

Born July 22, 1924 in Milwaukee, to the late Walter Krukowski and Estelle Wypjewski, he only went through the eighth grade. He served in the Army Air Corps and then the United States Army during World War ll in 1942 and was honorably discharged in 1945. He was stationed in Belgium, England, France and Germany and was one of the first to meet the Russians at the Rhine River.

He bought a concertina and played in France and England at bars and orphanages. He married Joan M. (Willey) on Sept. 14, 1946 and they lived in Milwaukee, West Allis and Franklin before moving to the Town of Wagner in 1968, where they lived until going to Rennes East.

He worked at the Barrel Company in Carols Ville, then in Milwaukee at Harley Davidson, a Floor Covering Company and Wisconsin Telephone Company. After moving up north, he worked at Lauermans Department Store in Marinette in the carpet department, Marinette County Parks and retired from Marinette County Forestry.

A charter member of the Wagner Volunteer Fire Department, he also was a life member of the DAV, VFW, 40 & 8 and the American Legion. Between the Willey Herda American Legion Post of Franklin and the Polomis-Tahlier Post #150 of Wausaukee he served the veterans for 75 years. He was the Post #150 commander for over 20 years, was a Marinette County Council commander, VA Hospital Service Officer, Associate Representative for the State of Wisconsin at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Mi. and a volunteer at the VA Medical Center every Tuesday for 29 years.

As a volunteer he played Santa every Christmas, dressed up for every holiday, helped veterans play bingo, put on a carnival every summer, took down flags and played his concertina in the CLC. He marched in many parades with the American Legion and at the State Legion Conventions and held Memorial Day Services at the cemeteries. He was a woodworking leader for Golden Opportunity 4-H Club for many years and was an active member of St. James Catholic Church in Franklin, St. Edward Church of Wagner and the SS. Joseph and Edward Church of Walsh. He sang in the choir, played his concertina at Church events, taverns in and around Marinette County, Nursing Homes, Senior Centers, YMCA, Legion activities and State Legion Conventions. He went to the YMCA water exercise classes three times a week for six years before going to Rennes.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Joan; a son, Patrick (Janice) of Racine; a daughter, Mary (Will) Labunski Sr. and son Neal (Rhonda), both of Wagner; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Caroline Anderson; three sisters-in-law, Donna Miller, Lillian Willey and Millie Willey and two brothers-in-law, Tim Willey and Earl Roberts.

Visitation will be held at the SS. Joseph and Edward Catholic Church in Porterfield on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass at noon with Fr. Jess Berdol presiding, followed by Military Services by the 20 Year Club. The Council of Catholic Women will serve a luncheon in the Church hall after the service. Burial will be in Spring at St. Edward Cemetery in Wagner. Thielen Funeral Home of Marinette is assisting the family with arrangements. Donations can be made to the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center of Iron Mountain, Mi., marked CLC, Bill Sporrer or to Camp American Legion in Tomahawk. 


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