Kenneth H. Gatzke

Madison – Kenneth H. Gatzke, age 71 of Madison died on Sunday, August 29, 2010.

Kenneth was born on September 9th, 1938 in Des Plaines, IL.  His parents were Harold and Evelyn Gatzke.  Kenneth was baptized in St. John’s Luther Church, Elk Grove Village and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Berlin, WI.  Kenneth was a lifelong vegetable farmer and avid pilot.  He was extremely proud of his business and aviation accomplishments, including successfully starting many farms in Wisconsin and Florida as well as winning Reserve Grand Championship at the Oshkosh EAA.  Kenneth was a deeply involved Christian.  He dedicated himself in many ways including working in the Mission Aviation field.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Karen.  He is survived by three children, Lauri, Greg (Toni Ann) and Eric (Mary Jo) as well as five grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, September 3, 2010 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Arlington with the Rev. Marion Hendrickson officiating.  Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery in Poynette.  Visitation will be held on Friday, September 3, 2010 from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the Church. 

Kenneth was a caring grandfather who loved his children with all his heart.  His entire family will miss him greatly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711 who cared for him so well in his final days.

The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Poynette is assisting the family.







For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)