Wilfred C. Marquardt
Wilfred "Bill' Charles Marquardt, 95, of Wyoming, formerly of Coleman, passed away Saturday, March 25 at Powell Valley Healthcare LTC one day before his 56th wedding anniversary.
Born May 8, 1921 in Sheboygan, to William and Louise (Able) Marquardt, he attended Behnke School in Coleman through 8th grade. In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Sheridan, Ill. and was stationed in Africa and Italy as an antiaircraft and special vehicle operator until an honorable discharge on Nov. 27, 1945. He then attended agriculture school on the GI bill.
He married Dorothy Ellingsen in 1946 and they had a son, Dennis. She passed away from MS. He then married Marion Leffler Martin on March 26, 1961 and became a step-father to her children, Jack, Ken, Dene and Bob Martin. Together they had one son.
He worked for Unit Structure and Thompson Boats in Peshtigo and they had a dairy farm in Coleman. He made a sign for the farm, Back Acres, with a farmer bent over a cane. He helped neighbors build barns and houses and helped with field work.
A dedicated member of St. John's Evangelical Church in the Town of Grover, he attended church every Sunday, participated in 4-H, was on a baseball team, bowling team and a dartball team.
They sold their farm in 2000 and moved to their cottage, On Golden Pond, by Lake Julia, where he built a sign that read, "Here lives the world's greatest fisherman and his best catch ever.' He fished every day, enjoyed having grandchildren stay at the lake and they still talk about the rootbeer floats, chocolate milk and gallons of ice cream. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, hunting, cards and woodworking.
In 2008 they moved to Wyoming and began attending Cody United Methodist Church.
At family gatherings, he chuckled about told stories of accidents he had that the kids told.
He is survived by his wife, Marion; a son, Dennis Marquardt of Marinette; three step-sons, Jack (Diane), Ken and Bob (Cindy) Martin and a step-daughter, Dene (Jerry) Tachick, all of Cody, Wy.; a son, Rick of Long Island City, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy; a brother, Melvin and a sister, Ethel.
Cremation has taken place and services will be held at Cody United Methodist Church in Wyoming on Friday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Cards can be sent to Marion Marquardt, 2401 Cougar Ave., Apt 34, Cody, Wy. 82414.
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