Arnold Alfred ‘Arnie’ Lemke
June 14, 1930 – December 22, 2021
God called Arnold Alfred “Arnie” Lemke to his home peacefully on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at the age of 91, at Peggy and Arnie’s house in Oconomowoc.
Arnie was born on June 14, 1930, in Oconto Falls, to the late Arnold Andrew (Steve) Lemke and Rosa Edna (Fredrick) Lemke. Arnie married Margaret Loudell “Peggy” Meyer on August 25, 1951 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Lannon. They were fortunate to have five children, 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Arnie is survived by his loving wife, Peggy; son Kim (Vickie) Lemke of Menomonee Falls, grandson Jason (Jamie) Lemke of Sussex, great grandchildren, Peyton Gruelke, Cade and Taylor; granddaughter Brooke (Adam) Hansen of Maple Grove, Minn .; daughter Jill (James) Dean of Hobart, grandson Joshua (Jena) Dean of Hobart, great grandsons Odell and Porter; grandson Kyle (Tina) Dean of Green Bay, great-great-great-daughters Sofie and Stella; granddaughter Shannon (Bryan) Schwebke of Suamico, great grandchildren Isla, Olivia and Hudson; son Mark (Chris) Lemke of Okauchee, grandson Matthew Lemke of Shorewood; granddaughter Sarah Lemke and fiance Cory Gasper of Sussex, great grandson Braydon; great-granddaughters Adison and Harper Sebero; daughter Lynn (Kevin) Schroeder of Wausau, granddaughter Samantha (Bryan) Beckvall of Big Lake, Minn., great grandsons Mason and Jack, grandson Jonathon Schroeder of Falls Church, Virginia; daughter Jane (Michael) Janse of Appleton, grandson Cayden (Brooke) Janse of Appleton, grandson Chandler Janse of Appleton, granddaughter Mikayla Janse of Appleton. Also survived by two sisters-in-law, Evelyn (Meyer) Cooper of Brookfield and June Lemke of Lannon, a niece and four nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, his beloved brother Vernon, his stepfather Walter Meyer and his stepmother Myrtle (Meyer) McCarthy.
Arnie grew up in Lannon, attending Lannon schools until grade 10. He and Peggy both graduated from Menomonee Falls High School in 1948. Hard work being the backbone of his life, Arnie with his brother at a young age roamed the turf of local quarries and made hauled the sod in their dump truck that Arnie started driving when he was 14.
At the age of 24, Arnie began working in other stone quarries in Lannon. In 1962, after breaking his left leg during a baseball game, Arnie decided to go into business. In 1963, with a dump truck and an eighteen pound mass, Arnie Lemke Stone was born. He split field stone along farmer fences and in gravel pits across Wisconsin. After a few years, a second truck found Peggy driving, following her through Illinois and Indiana until a hired helper took over. Sons Kim and Mark joined their dad while in high school, summers and then after graduation took up the stone business as a way of life. In the 1970s and 1980s two stone quarries were purchased on Good Hope Road in Lannon. Lemke Stone, Inc. was formed and Arnie’s sons Kim and Mark took over in 1994. Arnie continued to work and retired at age 70. His grandson Jason and his wife Jamie are now the third generation owners.
Outside of work, Arnie was an avid athlete excelling in many sporting events, throwing baseball and playing basketball in elementary and high school. He was named captain of his Menomonee Falls basketball team in his senior year. He played both sports at Land O ‘Rivers and Land O’ Lakes with Lannon and later with Sussex, suffering from a broken leg that ended his active game. In 1962, his final year of play, he beat 407 and was voted the Land O’Lakes Eastern Division’s MVP. Bowling and golf were other passions in his life.
Over the past century, Arnie and his family have created an endless supply of memories, experiences and fun traditions to cherish forever. Family fun was important to Arnie, Sundays at the stadium with the whole family followed by family team picnics and Friday evenings teaching the children to dance to the music of Lawrence Welk in their living room. Arnie and Peggy have spent many evenings dancing to waltzes and polkas at home, at VFW, and at Cotton Patch.
After 19 years living just outside of Lannon, the family moved to Moshawquit Lake near Shawano in 1972. Summers were spent pontooning and fishing. Winters were spent snowmobiling and ice fishing with family and friends.
They built their home on Lake Minocqua, moving in at Christmas 2000, spending 13 years boating, fishing and golfing.
The house then became Oconomowoc overlooking a reserve that housed deer, coyotes, wolves, wild turkeys, otters, raccoons and squirrels. He was busy working the lawn and feeding many species of birds that visited his feeders year round.
Their lives have been forever guided and blessed by God through the Lutheran churches they attended: St. Johns-Lannon, Grace Lutheran-Menomonee Falls, St. James-Shawano, Forest Oaks-Spring Hill, Florida, Rock of Ages -Minocqua, St. Pauls and St. Matthews of Oconomowoc, and Crown of Life-Hubertus.
Upon retirement, Arnie devoted his time to landscaping and maintaining his beautiful lawns. He became a chef, cooking for his family and friends and especially his Peggy. But his greatest loves were his devoted wife, five adoring children and their spouses, 12 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and his companion dogs Schatzie, Muffin and Angel.
We would like to thank all of the caregivers involved in Arnie’s care. Your kindness and compassion will always be remembered and appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, memorials at the Crown of Life Lutheran Church in Hubertus and HAWS would be appreciated.
Visitations will be on Tuesday, December 28 at the Crown of Life Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1292 Tally Ho Trail, Hubertus from 12 p.m. service time to 2 p.m. Private burial in Sunnyside Cemetery.
Schmidt & Bartelt-AA Schmidt & Sons funeral and cremation services in Menomonee Falls are at the service of the family. For more information call 262-251-3630 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.