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Written by Ozaukee Press   
Tuesday, 21 November 2017 19:05

Wayne D. Lemke of Port Washington, who was known by his nickname Whipper, enjoyed being a grandfather.
    “He got to be there for his grandchildren during the last year of his life. He really enjoyed getting that chance,” his daughter Elizabeth Lemke said. “He was always there for my sister and I, and we really miss him.”
    Mr. Lemke, 73, died Wednesday, Oct. 25 at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton from prostate cancer.
    He was born in Port Washington on March 4, 1944, to Edmund and Rose Schroeder Lemke.  
    Mr. Lemke grew up in Grafton and served in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1967 as an ordinance supply specialist mainly stationed in Germany.  
    On July 10, 1976, he married Dorothy Dempsey at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Grafton.
    Mr. Lemke was known for his humor and a booming laugh that could be heard across a crowded room, his family said, adding he had a reputation as a rebel and mischief maker.
    Mr. Lemke worked as a forklift driver for the Grafton Foundry, Modern Equipment, Molded Dimensions, Bolens, Simplicity and Kleen Test.
    His family said he was an avid bowler in leagues at the former Shannon’s in Grafton and Bley’s Bowling in Port Washington, getting the nickname “Whipper.”  He enjoyed watching sports, including NASCAR, Little League, and golf.  He also liked to go deer hunting with his brothers, although his family said he preferred using binoculars in the woods to shooting his gun.
    Mr. Lemke was a member of the Belgium Memorial American Legion Post 412 and the Van Ells-Schanen American Legion Post 82 in Port Washington, as well as the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 1430.
    He was also an original member of the Ozaukee Guzzlers motorcycle club. This past summer, he celebrated 50 years as a flagman for the Ozaukee County Fair Demolition Derby.  
    Mr. Lemke is survived by his daughters Elizabeth (Paul Nemchek) Lemke of Port Washington and Catherine (Abe Alcantar) Lemke of St. Paul, Minn.; grandchildren Graciela Alcantar and Paul Nemchek Jr.; sisters Marilyn Zidek of Morton Grove, Ill., Carole (Arthur) Koepp of Grafton and Donna Widmer of West Bend; and brothers Allan (Carol Ann) of Green Bay, Henry (Bernice) of Neshkoro and Warren of West Bend.
    He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Ladimer Zidek, and sister-in-law Norma Lemke.
    A celebration of Mr. Lemke’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, at the Landt-Thiel American Legion Hall in Saukville with military honors. A reception will be held from 2 to 6 p.m.
    Poole Funeral Home, Port Washington, is handling the arrangements.

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