Obit: Trunkel, Edward W. (1918 – 2016)


Surnames: Trunkel, Stalzer, Ackley, Susa, Luder, Trepczyk, Snedic

----Source: Tribune/Record/Gleaner (Abbotsford, Wis.) 04 May 2016

Trunkel, Edward W. (14 JAN 1918 – 30 APR 2016)

Edward W. "Zaba” Trunkel, 98, Willard, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 30, 2016, at the Clark County Rehab & Living Center, Owen. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., on Thursday, May 5, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Greenwood. Rev. Brian Campbell will officiate. Burial will follow in the Greenwood City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cole Susa, Kurt Trunkel, Jillan Trepczyk, Jerry Ackley, Bill Snedic and Jerry Lamovec. Military rites will be conducted by the Greenwood American Legion Post #238. Visitation will be held at the church, on Thursday, from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Edward William Trunkel was born on Jan. 14, 1918, in Willard, to Anton and Anna (nee Stalzer) Trunkel, original settlers of Willard. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at the Willard State Graded School and Greenwood High School. As a young man, Ed worked in the harvest fields out west before being inducted into the U.S. Army on May 17, 1945. He served his country until his honorable discharge on Sept. 17, 1946. Ed married Darlene Severson on March 7, 1945, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Greenwood. He and his wife farmed and raised their family in Willard, and he also spent many years hauling milk, the heavy cans. They later moved to Greenwood, where he worked at Greenwood Homes until retiring. Ed was a proud 60-year member of the Greenwood American Legion. He was a fisherman, hunter and avid baseball player and fan. In his later years, Ed enjoyed a daily drive, but had to get home in time to watch his favorite team, the Braves.

He is survived by his two sons: Dennis (Judith) Trunkel of Milwaukee, and DuWayne "Butch" (Sheryl) Trunkel of Willard; one daughter: Janice (Jerry) Ackley of Sheridan, Wyo.; seven grandchildren: Tammy (Dan) Susa, Denyse Trunkel, Darcie Trunkel, Lori (Ryan) Luder, Jillan (Matthew) Trepczyk, Kurt (Kristi) Trunkel, and Justin (Jessica) Ackley; eight great-grandchildren: Cole and Jesse Susa, Garrett and Gauge Ackley, Ryan and Riley Trepczyk, and Maya and Jaxson Trunkel; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darlene, on Oct. 5, 1977; one daughter, Donna Trunkel; two brothers: John Trunkel and Tony Trunkel; and one sister: Ann Snedic.
The family wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks to the staff at Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center for their kind care of Dad.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.




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