Walter Rosentreter (2005 – 2005)

If you?re reading this, you know I?m dead. I put up the good fight, but finally lost the battle to pancreatic cancer on February 18, 2006 at the age of 66. I was born on January 23, 1940 in Chicago IL.

I leave behind my wife Debbie, Lake Geneva WI., and stepchildren Ashley Bauer and Sgt. James Bauer, United States Marine Corps; my sister Betty Ann Ratchek and her family, Twin Lakes WI; my cousin Roland Krumm, Oceanside CA; my children and their spouses Robin (Dave) Wetherbee, Milwaukee WI, Kricket (Doug) Jackson, Woodstock IL, Kelly (John) Berg, Fishkill N.Y., and Paul (Pam) Rosentreter, Spring Grove IL; and my grandchildren Anna and Katherine Wetherbee, Devon, Dustin and Dane Jackson, Kassie and Hunter Berg, and Halle Rosentreter.

I leave behind some damn good friends, including Stan, John, Mike & Sandy, Duane, Mark, Dorothy, the Humphreys, Jack & Marilyn, my breakfast group the list goes on you know if you?re on it.

I leave behind all that came with my 25-year career as a Great Lakes Naval Base firefighter, from which I retired as Captain, grateful for the camaraderie of all the firefighters who?ve kept in touch with me since. I leave behind 8 years as a Wheatland School bus driver; thousands of trees I planted and the pleasure of hunting on God?s green earth since my boyhood.

It was a short road, filled with some tough bumps and unkind turns, but it led me to all of you who loved me, especially you Debbie. There was no other road I?d have taken.

My funeral services will be at Peace Lutheran Church (349 Wegge Ct., Burlington, WI) on Wednesday February 22, 2006 at 7:00pm. Visitation with my family will be on Wednesday at the church from 4:00PM until the time of services.

I like flowers well enough, but save your money. If you insist, leave a little something for the church or the Lyons Volunteer Fire Department, Lyons WI.

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