Vernon Panske, 83, Oconto, lost his courageous 7 year battle with cancer on March 28, 2013. He was born June 11, 1929 in Marinette to the late Wilbert and Emily (Todzy) Panske.
He attended schools in Porterfield and Marinette. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. On August 23, 1958, Vernon married Arlyss Sulk at St. Anthony's Church, Marinette. Vern was the owner and operated Panske Forest Products until retiring in 1994. During his retirement he enjoyed gardening and selling his vegetables. Vernon was a Boy Scout leader, Little League coach, he also sponsored a Little League team for several years. He was a member of the AMVETS Post #63, Oconto, serving as Commander for several years. He was also belonged to D.A.V. of Oconto County, the Knights of Columbus and was a member of Holy Trinity Parish, Oconto.
Vernon is survived by his wife of 54 years Arlyss; seven children: Dean of Maribel, Lynne (Richard) McFadden, of Oconto, Kevin and special friend Teri, of Porterfield, Gene (Julie) Bonduel, Leon and special friend Carrie, of Oconto Falls, Todd (Michelle) of Oconto, Randy (Tina) Pulaski; 14 grandchildren: Travis (Jennifer), Robin, Brandon, Ryan, Matthew, Mitchell (Kaylee), Chad (Andie), Chantelle, Bradley, Carime (Luke), Justin, Marissa, Dalton, Brooklyn; six great-grandchildren: Christian, Abigail, Kaitlyn, Cashton, Millie and Talon; four sisters: Lorraine (Virgil) Thomson of Coleman, Jane (Ray) Walters of Green Bay, Judy (Ken) Beyer of Marinette, and Marlene (Larry) Roetzer of Marinette; one sister-in-law, Eleanor Panske of Peshtigo. He was preceded in death by one infant brother, Michael; one brother Harold; one sister, Rosann Kolberg.
Friends may call at Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Oconto, from 9 a.m., Tuesday, until the Funeral Cortege leaves for church. Mass of Christian Burial 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday April 2, 2013, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto, with Father Joel Sember officiating. The Shawano AMVETS Post #10 in combination with the Oconto Post #63 will conduct Military Rites after Mass.
Interment will be at a later date in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Marinette.
Please visit www.rhodescharapata.com to express online condolences.