Charles F. Lewitzke, age 91, of Wausau passed away on Thursday, April 8, 2021.
Charlie was born on July 2, 1929 in Wausau to the late Otto and Lydia (Gernetzky) Lewitzke. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1947 and worked at the Kickbush Grocery store delivering groceries until 1950 when he went on to serve his country in the U.S. Army. He married Delores Salzsieder on May 11, 1957 and enjoyed 36 years of marriage. Together they had two children; Mark and Marcia. After Delores’ death in 1993, he married Sara O’Donnell on December 16, 1995. They were married for 22 years.
Charlie served on the Wausau Fire Department for 34 years, retiring in 1984 as Assistant Fire Chief. In his retirement he continued to work full time for L&S Electric, retiring in 2012. He continued working past his second retirement at Fred Mueller Automotive doing dealer trades. He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church and a member of the Elk’s Club. Charlie was a true outdoorsman who enjoyed deer hunting, hunting out West, fly fishing, and walleye fishing on the Rainbow Flowage. He looked forward to the Fall season, and walking in the woods followed by a tailgate picnic. He also enjoyed traveling and trips to the Casino.
Charlie is survived by his children Mark Lewitzke of Wausau and Marcia (Mike) Strandberg of Wausau; grandchildren Kaylee (Patrick) Kavanagh of Scottsdale, AZ, Molly Lewitzke and Luke Strandberg both of Wausau; siblings Frank (Connie) Lewitzke, William (JoAnne) Lewitzke, Doris Scheel; and Kenneth (Sue) Lewitzke all of Wausau; many nieces and nephews; step children Sara (Andy) Lee and Steven (Karyn) Fuchs; and step grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents, first wife Delores, second wife Sally, daughter-in-law Kathy and step daughter Tracey.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 19, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church, 701 N. 6th St., Wausau. Burial will take place at Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will take place from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday at Zion from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.
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