Orville “Buzz” Allen Paschke, 73, of Sturgeon Bay, was called Home to Heaven and was reunited with his wife, Sharon, Sunday afternoon, January 27, 2013, while in the comfort of his home with his loving family by his side.
He was born October 17, 1939, at his grandmother’s home in Egg Harbor, the son of Orville and Bertha Marie (Tanck) Paschke. Upon his graduation from Sevastopol High School in 1957, Buzz went on to study metals at the vocational school (now NWTC). He began his career working for DeBroux’s Autos in Valmy. Buzz then worked for Milwaukee Shoe in Sturgeon Bay for 19 years. He worked as a mason and carpenter on the side during his time at Milwaukee Shoe and while he was with the Sturgeon Bay Street Department. Buzz served the city for over 25 years beginning as a mason and carpenter, then as a foreman, and later as superintendent of the Street Department until his retirement in 2001.
He was a member of St. Peters Lutheran Church in Sturgeon Bay. Buzz was united in marriage to Sharon Kramer, his love since high school, at the church on December 28, 1957. He was a devoted husband as he cared for Sharon until her death on December 15, 2012. Buzz said they “were blessed with 55 years of marriage.”
Boating and camping were some of Buzz’s favorite activities. He enjoyed snowmobiling, working with wood, building birdhouses and squirrel feeders, and listening to all kinds of country music. Buzz was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and even made it to Lambeau Field to see the Packers defeat the Cardinals this season. He loved his first car, which was a 1948 Chevrolet convertible, a car he wished he still had even in his later years.
Buzz will be deeply missed by his three children, Mitchell (Marie) Paschke, Scott (Michelle) Paschke, Christina (Todd) Bauldry, all of Sturgeon Bay; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, Marshall (Angela) Paschke (and their children, Buzz’s two great-grandchildren, Lawson and Autumn), Gerrard (fiancé, Rebecca) Paschke, Nolan (special friend, Cady), Brody and Bryson Paschke, Matthew and Amanda Kinjerski, Kailey Bauldry; sisters and brothers, Karen Solway, Ken (Nina) Paschke, Gail (Francis) Chase, and Ron (Sue ) Paschke, all of Sturgeon Bay; sister-in-law, Corrine Paschke of Sturgeon Bay; many nieces and nephews; and other dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Sharon; daughter, Connie; infant daughter, Kelly; brother, Robert Paschke; and brother-in-law, Herb Solway.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday (February 1, 2013) at St. Peters Lutheran Church with Rev. Darrick Kolterjahn officiating. Burial will follow at Bayside Cemetery.
Friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Huehns Funeral Home, and at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 11:00 a.m. There will be a devotion Thursday evening held at the funeral home at 7:45 p.m. with Rev. Larry Zessin.
Buzz and his family wanted to thank Aurora Dialysis, the Bellin Hospital Cardiac Care Unit for their patience and understanding, Unity Hospice, and the oncology family at Ministry – Door County Medical Center for all of their care and concern. To our St. Peters family, we sincerely appreciate your support, and visits, going through this with our family and giving all of us strength through Christ!
“Thanks Dad, for all you have done for us as your children, and caring for Mom. It was incredible how you balanced Mom’s 10 year illness with Alzheimer’s, and dealt with your heart surgery, cancer battles, and dialysis. You are our role model, we will always love you”.
Online condolences and registration may be offered at http://www.huehnsfuneralhome.com/.