Obit: Luepke, Vilas William (1914 - 2002)

Surnames: Luepke, Rose, Foth, Peterson, Wendt-Bue, Cross, Wendt

----Source: Marshfield News Herald (Wood Co., Wis.) Jan. 2002

Luepke, Vilas William (19 July 1914 - 12 Jan. 2002)

SPENCER - Vilas William Luepke, 87, Spencer, died Jan. 12, 2002, at the House of the Dove, in Marshfield.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer. The Rev. Karl Rose will officiate. Grandchildren will be pallbearers.

Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Community Funeral Home, Spencer, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencer.

Vilas was born July 19, 1914, in the town of Brighton to William and Alvina (nee Foth) Luepke. He married Irene Peterson on June 11, 1938, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer. Vilas and Irene farmed for a number of years before moving to town.

After moving to Spencer, Vilas worked at Pathfinder and Land O'Lakes before retiring. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and served as a trustee and various other church offices.

He was the town of Brighton assessor for a number of years and was a Spencer School Board member.Vilas enjoyed fishing, traveling, playing cards, his grandchildren and later his great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife Irene of Spencer; a daughter Marjorie (Richard) Wendt-Bue of Marshfield; two sons, Bruce (Janine) Luepke and Glen (DeAnn) Luepke, both of Spencer; 10 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; 8 step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leonard and Elroy Luepke; a sister, Norma Cross and a son-in-law Armin Wendt Jr. Memorials can be made to the Lutheran Hour, Trinity Lutheran Church, or Palliative Care of St. Joseph's Hospital.



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