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Kewaunee County, Wisconsin
 Obituaries and Death Notices

Otto Bitzan
Sturgeon Bay, Wis., June 26. – The body of Otto Bitzan, of Kewaunee, was found in a cemetery near Bailey’s Harbor today, three hours before he was to be married to a prominent Bailey’s Harbor girl. A revolver was found near the body. No cause is known for the act. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Tuesday, 27 June 1922; tr. by MZ]

John Brown
Wrecked by a Washout.
Kewaunee, Wis., May 30 - A passenger train on the Green Bay and Western road was wrecked five miles from this city by a washout. Engineer Michael Riordan lost a leg and may not survive, and Fireman John Brown was instantly killed, a large rod piercing his body. [The Bottineau Courant. (Bottineau, Bottineau County, N.D.), 02 June 1900]

John Collins
Tucson Fireman Dies While Taking Body of Comrade to Last Rest
Chicago, Sept 1 - While escorting the body of a dead comrade to its final resting place in Kewaunee, Wis., John Collins, a city fireman of Tucson, Ariz., dropped dead, supposedly of heart disease, in the baggage room of the Union station in Chicago tonight.  [Bisbee Daily Review. (Bisbee, Ariz.), 02 Sept. 1921]

Frank Hamachek
Frank Hamachek Jr., 63, prominent Kewaunee citizen, passed away Friday. The deceased, who was president of the Hamachek Machinery Co. for 16 years and a former city alderman in Kewaunee, was the cousin of William Hamachek, 50 Lighthouse Ct. Funeral services will be held in Kewaunee Monday. [Sheboygan Press – Saturday, 2 Feb. 1952; Sub. by MZ]

Jacob Kulbanck
Jacob Kulbanck was fatally stabbed in the side with a knife by John Nemec in a drunken row at Tykolski's saloon, in the town of Franklin, Kewaunee county, Wednesday night. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Dane Co. Wis.) Tuesday, 31 Oct. 1882 - Sub. by MZ]

Campbell Lobst
Suspected Murderer Suicides
Kewaunee, Wis., July 10 - Campbell Lobst, who disappeared on the day that his wife was murdered last Friday, was found dead in the woods near this city.  Two bullet holes in his heart told the manner of his death.  [The Bemidji Daily Pioneer. (Bemidji, Minn.), 10 July 1906]

Frances Metzner
Kewaunee, Wis., Aug. 15. – Mrs. Frances Metzner died here Saturday evening. She was one of the oldest settlers of Kewaunee county and was 73 years of age. She was the mother of Mayor Charles Metzner and a grandmother of Register of Probate John C. Karel of Milwaukee. The funeral will be held here Tuesday morning from the Catholic church. [Source: Benton Advocate (Benton, Wis.) Thursday, 18 Aug. 1904; transcribed by MZ]

Elgin C. Pawlovich
Birth: Oct. 29, 1910 (Kewaunee, WI)
Parents: Victor & Gertrude Pawlovich
Death: Dec. 29, 1991 (Highmore Healthcare Center, Highmore, SD)
Age: 81 yrs 2 mos
Funeral: Dec. 31, 1991 (Ree Heights Community Church, Ree Heights, SD)
Burial: GAR Cemetery (Miller, SD)
Occupation: farm laborer, ranch laborer, Miller Sale Barn
Locations: from WI to S. of Polo (1913)
Survivors: brothers Lester (Highmore) and Elnathan (Miller); sisters Alice Lambert (Mishicot, WI) and Nina Meek (St. Lawrence). Nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by: parents; brothers Nathan, Victor Jr., Wilbert; sister Gertie Johnson.
[Source: memorial leaflet contributed by Jacque McDonnell; submitted by Karen Seeman]

Lester Edward Pawlovich
Birth: Sep. 12, 1905 (Algoma, WI)
Parents: Victor & Gertrude (Doleysh) Pawlovich
Marriage: Josephine Danter (May 29, 1930, Miller, SD). 4 children
Death: Feb. 11, 1992 (Highmore)
Age: 86 yrs 4 mos 29 ds
Funeral: February 13, 1992 (St. Mary's Catholic Church, Highmore, SD)
Burial: St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery (Highmore)
Occupation: farming; Polo Garage (1941 to 1950); garage in Stephan Mission
Locations: from Wisconsin to W. of Polo, SD (1913); to Stephan Mission 1950, retired to Highmore 1976
Preceded in death by: parents, brothers Nathan, Wilbert, Victor, Elgin; sister Gertrude Johnson; grandsons Brad Bruce and Brady Roach
[Survivor information omitted for privacy]
[Source: memorial leaflet contributed by Jacque McDonnell; submitted by Karen Seeman]

Hon. John Milton Read
On Wednesday evening, the 9th inst., John Milton Read, of Kewaunee, died in the 39th year of his age. Mr. Read was elected, last fall, a member of the Assembly, but owing to ill health he resigned the position before the session began, and went south in the hope of improvement. Finding no relief, he started for home, and reached as far as Louisville, Kentucky, of which city he was a native, born November 3, 1842, and there he breathed his last. His wife was with him doing all that a wife could do for his comfort. Mr. Read was a most excellent man, and had several warm friends in this city. He was a printer by trade, and was an employee in the STATE JOURNAL office in 1861, and from it enlisted in the 14th regiment, with which he remained till the close of the war, serving as private, sergeant major, adjutant, and assistant adjutant general of the brigade. He participated in the battle of Shiloh, Corinth, Nashville, the assault on Vicksburg, in the Red River campaign, and in the movements around Mobile; and was wounded at Vicksburg and the Spanish Fort, and taken prisoner at Corinth. He settled in Wisconsin in 1847, at Milwaukee, removing the following year to Manitowoc. After the close of the war, he went to Missouri and engaged for a short time in the publishing business, but returned to Manitowoc in 1867, and settled at Kewaunee in 1868. He has served as county superintendent two terms. During the years 1874 and 1875, he served in the State Senate, where he was esteemed as an industrious and useful member. He was ever ready to perform his duty in whatever capacity he was called to serve; and was a good citizen, whose death will be deeply deplored by his many friends in the State. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Dane Co. Wis.) 15 Mar. 1881 - Sub. by MZ]

1881 - Hon. John M. Read died at Louisville, Ky., while en route to the south for his health, March 9th , in his thirty-ninth year. He was born at Louisville, Nov. 3d, 1842, and was brought to Wisconsin in 1847. He was a printer by trade, and enlisted in the Fourteenth Wisconsin regiment, serving till the end of the war as a private, sergeant, and adjutant, participating in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Nashville, the assault on Vicksburg, on the Red River campaign, and in the movements around Mobile. He was wounded at Vicksburg and the Spanish Fort, and was taken prisoner at Corinth. After the war, he published a paper in Missouri awhile, but returned to Wisconsin in 1867, settling at Kewaunee the following year, purchasing and publishing the Kewaunee “Enterprise.” After serving two terms as county superintendent, he served a term in the State senate; and was elected to the assembly in the fall of 1880, but resigned on account of ill-health. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 479; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]

J. Shedlowsky
Kewanuee, Wis., Oct. 17. - J. Shedlowsky, a sailor aboard the Ann Arbor No. 3, and a resident of West Kewaunee, was injured yesterday while unloading cars at Frankfort, Mich. He was caught between the cars and died from the effect last night. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co. Wis.) 10 Oct. 1899 - Sub by MZ]

Jacob Stoffels
Ashland, Wis., Feb. 10. – Jacob Stoffels, who died yesterday at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Shano, was one of the oldest residents in Ashland. He was born at Kewaunee, Wis., in 1848, but for 40 years he has resided in this vicinity, either at Bayfield or Ashland. He served in the Civil war and was a member of the G.A.R. of this city. He leaves eight children, three of them, Ed, Jacob and George, who are residents of Minnesota, and the other five are daughters, Mrs. C. E. Yocky and Miss Mae Stoffels of Fremont, Neb., Mrs. Harry Horrer and Mrs. Charles Shano of Ashland and Mrs. P. E. Carvey of Saxon. The time of the funeral has not yet been decided. [Source: Duluth News Tribune (Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn.) Sunday, 11 Feb. 1912; transcribed by MZ]

From the Kewaunee Enterprise, Oct. 3. --- On Friday last, a man employed on Ritter Pier, at Sandy Bay, fell from the dam and was instantly killed. He was a native of Vermont. [Source: Weekly Wisconsin Patriot (10 Oct. 1860) - Sub by MZ]

R. L. Wing
Kewaunee, Wis., March 2. - Attorney R. L. Wing, of this city, died yesterday of Bright's disease, after an illness of about three days. The deceased was born in Oneida county, N.Y., in 1832, and came to Wisconsin in 1848. He served during the war as orderly sergeant in the twenty-first and twenty-third Wisconsin volunteer infantry, and at the time of his death was ex-senior vice commander of the Wisconsin G.A.R. He was also a prominent member of the I.O.O.F., Free Masons and Temple of Honor. While returning from the state encampment of the G.A.R. last week, he contracted a severe cold which resulted in his death. He leaves a wife and son, G. W. Wing, who is probate judge of this county. [Source: Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, Dane Co. Wis.) 8 Mar. 1889 - Sub by MZ]

William Wyman
Kewaunee - William "Bill" Wyman, 81, of Kewaunee and formerly from Cape Coral, Fla., passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2004, after a brief illness.
Friends may call at Buchanan Funeral Home, 1425 Ellis St., Kewaunee, after 9 a.m. Saturday, April 17, until time of service. A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, at Buchanan Funeral Home. He was born March 23, 1923, in Granton to the late Wayne and Edna (Brandt) Wyman. Bill graduated from Spencer High School in 1941. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army, where he proudly served his country during World War II as a member of the 496th AAA Gun Battalion. On April 12, 1947, he married his high school sweetheart, Ermine "Mickie" Cramer. He and Mickie owned and operated Bill's Red Owl in Abbotsford, Spencer and Kewaunee, and Wyman's Skogmo clothing store in Kewaunee before retiring to Cape Coral in 1984. Bill enjoyed his retirement as an active member of Abiding Love Lutheran Church in Cape Coral, where he served as president of the men's club and organizer of the church food pantry. He was also an avid gardener and loved caring for his beautiful yard and fruit trees. He took every opportunity to tell jokes and loved to make people laugh. In his younger days, he also enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing and playing bridge. Bill is survived by his five children, Wynn (Jan) Wyman of Elmhurst, Ill., Tim (Lorry) Wyman of West Chicago, Ill., Terri (Joe) Kohlbeck of Kewaunee, Jody (Steve) Gee of McHenry, Ill., and Gayle (Kurt) Ullmer of DePere; six grandchildren, Tysyn and Eric Wyman, Kendyl Wyman, Layla and Sally Gee, Rachel (Chad) Monfils, and two step-grandchildren, David Reimann and Keifer Kohlbeck, and many other relatives and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his wife Mickie, one brother, Robert Wyman Sr., and one sister, Lorrayne Naniot. The Wyman family would like to thank Dr. Greer and the other doctors and staff of Bellin Hospital Cardiac Advanced care unit and 2nd Floor medical, and Unity Hospice for all their wonderful care and kindness given to Bill and the family, as well as all relatives and friends for their prayers and support. [Source: Marshfield News-Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Thursday, 1 Apr. 2004; page A4; tr. by MZ]

Martin Zimmer
KEWAUNEE – Martin Zimmer, 42, was killed instantly Monday when the tractor he was driving on his Town of West Kewaunee property tipped over and the rear wheels crushed him, Kewaunee County Coroner Darwin Leous said. [Source: Marshfield Herald (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 2 June 1982, page 5; transcribed by MZ]


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