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Elmer Gustave Tanck

Elmer Gustave Tanck, 79, of Sturgeon Bay, passed away Friday, August 5, 2022 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.


He was born May 8, 1943 in Sturgeon Bay, son of the late Elmer Tanck and Viola (Marshall) Tanck. During his high school career as a wrestler, Elmer was a two-time state qualifier in the heavy weight division. He graduated from Sevastopol High School with the Class of 1961. Elmer loved baseball and played many years in Door County League for West Jacksonport.  In later years, Elmer enjoyed playing softball in the Doubleheader League for Carlsville Bar. On June 18, 1966, Elmer and Shirley Mae Kuehn were united in marriage at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy, where the couple have remained members. Elmer worked at American Motors Corporation in Kenosha before returning to Sturgeon Bay to work for Peterson Plumbing & Heating as a journeyman plumber and then as a pipefitter at Peterson Builders. Elmer's plumbing career lasted over 30 years. In 2002, Elmer and his family purchased The Farm in Sevastopol. Elmer’s daily presence at The Farm will be missed by all the visitors that have become family over the past 20 years. He enjoyed cooking for family and large gatherings. Elmer was faithful to his Lord and Savior and loved his church family at St. John.


Elmer will be missed by his loving wife of 56 years, Shirley; two sons, Jeff Tanck of Sturgeon Bay and David (Jenny) Tanck of Hartland; four grandsons, Connor, Jeremy, Noah, and Mason; brother, Allan (Ann) Tanck of Sturgeon Bay; in-laws, Margie (Lynn) Nelson of Fish Creek, Mary (Ron) Kramer of Sturgeon Bay, Cindy Kuehn of Appleton, Joy (Dave) Tomjanovich of Sturgeon Bay, Steve Kuehn of Egg Harbor, Susan (Bill) Karas of Sturgeon Bay, Robin (Dean) Delfosse of Brussels; and many, many dear nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, Elmer was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Roger Kuehn.


Elmer’s life will be honored with a funeral service on Saturday, August 13, 2022 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Valmy at 11:00 a.m. He will be laid to rest in the church cemetery.


Friends and family may call at Huehns Funeral Home on Friday, August 12, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Prayer service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Visiting will continue at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.


In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed in his name to St John Ev. Lutheran Church or Zion Lutheran School in Jacksonport.


The Tanck family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Richard Hogan and all Healthcare professionals who cared for Elmer over the last several years.


Huehns Funeral Home of Sturgeon Bay is assisting the Tanck family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Elmer may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

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