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1957 Franklin 2021

Franklin "Butch" Lewitzke, Jr.

October 16, 1957 — May 26, 2021


Our beloved Son, Brother, Uncle, and your friend, Frank “Butch” O. Lewitzke, Jr., 63, crossed over to join his heavenly family on May 26, 2021.

Butch, a giving man, dedicated brother, and lovingly gruff old soul, was born October 16, 1957, son of Franklin O. Lewitzke, Sr. and the late Patricia Ritz Lewitzke, who passed away August 14, 1983.

He was a lifelong resident of Wausau. While attending Wausau East High School, he worked part-time at Fanny Farmer Candy Store and played on the Wausau East football team. He graduated in June of 1976 and went on to work at Marathon Electric, then on to Kraft Cheese.

In May 1981, he joined the United States Marine Corps. Following basic training at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (San Diego) he served his country in the military as a Marine MP. After completing his service in May 1985 he returned to Wausau and Kraft Cheese. After several years he moved on to work at Lemke Cheese & Packaging, which then became Great Lakes Cheese Company, from where he retired in January 2018.

Over the years he spent time enjoying softball, golf, fishing, fox and rabbit hunting as well as whitetailed deer hunting. He also spent time mentoring and volunteering as a volunteer football coach at his alma mater, Wausau East.

Butch is survived by his father Franklin (Connie) Lewitzke, Sr. and siblings John Lewitzke (Minneapolis), Tim (Angela) Bratz, David (Emilia) Bratz, and Cheryl (Mike) Wogernese; niece and nephews Ellie, Evan, Parker, and Preston. Butch loved being an uncle and especially a Godfather to Preston, with whom he had many lively debates and conversations. He was preceded in death by his Mother Patricia, paternal grandparents Otto and Lydia (Gernetzke) Lewitzke, and maternal grandparents Robert and Lauretta (Rajek) Ritz.

A small private family gathering is planned at the Restlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, on Friday June 4th, immediately followed by burial in the Restlawn Memorial Park. Face coverings are strongly requested.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Frank’s name to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 630 Adams Street, Wausau, WI 54403.

Brainard Funeral Home-Wausau Chapel is coordinating services for the family.

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