Hafemeister Funeral Home And Cremation Service
Arthur J. Ritschke “Butch”
Service: December 14, 2012
Arthur J. Ritschke “Butch”
Arthur J. Ritschke “Butch”, 71, of Watertown, passed away Monday, December 10, 2012, at the home of his daughter.
A Memorial Service will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Michael Jensen officiating. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the church on Friday from noon until the time of the service. Memorials, if desired, would be appreciated to the family.
Arthur Joseph was born in Milwaukee on March 29, 1941, son of George and Mary (Sadler) Malkowski. He served in the United States Navy for 3 ½ years. On October 3, 1964, he married Dennita Oleniczak in Milwaukee. She preceded him in death on May 23, 2000.
Butch had been employed as a cook at County General in Milwaukee and at Skilled Care Nursing Home, which is now called Golden Living Center, in Watertown. He managed the A to Z Farm Center in Watertown and Helenville. Butch also worked at St. Joseph’s Home in Watertown and Glenn’s Market in Watertown.
He will be served by St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Wisconsin Rapids American Legion Post #442. Butch loved spending time with his grandkids. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, woodworking and the great outdoors.
Survivors include his three children, Dawn (Richard) Nelson of Franklin; Denise (Tony) Rothschadl of Watertown; A.J. (Rhonda) Ritschke of Watertown; his grandchildren, Elliott & Nicholas Nelson, Angela Rothschadl, Samantha and Colin Ritschke; his sister, Carol (Gary) Gresch of Nekoosa, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Robert (Sonya) Ritschke.
The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
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