Stanley Tackes

Stanley C. Tackes of Grafton died Thursday, July 4, at Lawlis Family Hospice in Mequon. He was 92.

He was born in the Town of Belgium on Dec. 24, 1926, to John and Eleanor Bichler Tackes. He grew up in the area and attended local schools. 

Mr. Tackes served in the U.S. Navy and Army during World War II in Korea and Japan.

On June 9, 1956, he married Angela Federmeyer of the Town of Port Washington at St. Florian Catholic Church in Milwaukee. 

The couple lived in the same home in Grafton for 63 years. 

Mr. Tackes was truck driver for Tractor Transport in Milwaukee before joining the Grafton Public Works Department. He retired as a foreman after 31 years in 1992. 

He was a member of the International Molders and Foundry Workers Local 185, the International Brotherhood of Teamster Local 200 and the Rose-Harms American Legion Post in Grafton.

His family said Mr. Tackes enjoyed working with his hands outside. It didn’t matter if it was operating large machinery such as backhoes and bulldozers or working in his garage on birdhouses. 

Mr. Tackes also enjoyed getting behind the wheel to sightsee and camp across the country. He was always there to help anyone in need, whether it was snow blowing a sidewalk, mowing a lawn or climbing a ladder to clean a gutter, his family said.

Mr. Tackes volunteered with his wife at the St. Ben’s Meal Program in Milwaukee and was a member of the Catholic Knights and the Holy Name Society at St. Nicholas Church in Dacada.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton for decades and then at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg where his grandchildren sang in the choir. He served as an usher at both churches for more than 50 years.

Mr. Tackes is survived by his wife Angie of Grafton; children Elizabeth (Timothy) Ryan of Cedarburg, Nancy (Dave Mauer) Neylon of the Town of Saukville and Janice (Jeff) Kuenstler of Grafton. 

He is further survived by grandchildren Zachary Neylon, Angela Ryan, Tyler Ryan, Jon (Katie) Kuenstler and Allen (Krissy) Kuenstler; five great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law Lucille Sutter and Myrt Tackes. 

Mr. Tackes was preceded in death by his son Timothy and siblings Ralph, Quentin, Mary Bobboni, John and James.

A Mass of Christian burial was held Tuesday, July 9, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg. Father Patrick Burns officiated. 

Poole Funeral Home and Crematory in Port Washington handled the arrangements. 




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