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Conrad W. Zemke, 95, passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at Rainbow Hospice in Johnson Creek, WI. He was born on January 30, 1923, in Racine, son to the late Conrad and Norma (Nee: Merkel) Zemke.
Conrad served in the United States 8th Air Force as Staff Sergeant. He was a tail gunner on a B17, flying 33 missions over Germany. Conrad married Bernice S. Mikutis on October 23, 1955, at St. Gilbert Catholic Church in Grays Lake. Bernice preceded him in death on July 1, 2010. Conrad worked at Modine Manufacturing for thirty-four years before retiring in 1988. He attended Grace Lutheran Church, as well as First Congregational United Church of Christ in Lake Mills. In his free time, Conrad enjoyed playing instruments including, the saxophone, clarinet, and flute. He taught at Johnson Music for a number of years. Conrad was very passionate about his family.
He will be dearly missed by his daughters, Deborah (Dr. James) Wishau of Ft. Atkinson, WI, Denise (Dr. Thomas) Gallagher of Naperville, IL; 3 grandchildren, Nicholas Villers, Laura and Brian Gallagher; other relatives and dear friends.
The funeral and interment will be on Thursday, December 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. and will include full military honors. It will be held at the West Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, located at 9000 Washington Avenue. Reverend Larry Treece will be officiating. Memorials to the First Congregational United Church of Christ, Lake Mills, Rainbow Hospice, or to Wounded Warriors have been suggested.
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