Brian Michael Paetzke

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Brian  Michael

  • Visitation 
    • Friday, November 4th at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME, 4800 S. 84th St., Greenfield, from 4pm – 7pm
  • Time of Remembrance
    • Friday, November 4th at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME, 4800 S. 84th St., Greenfield, at 6:30pm
  • Additional Visitation
    • Saturday, November 5th at ST. JACOBI EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 8605 W. Forest Home Ave, Greenfield, from 9-10am.
  • Funeral Service
    • Saturday, November 5th at ST. JACOBI EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 8605 W. Forest Home Ave, Greenfield, at 10am.


Brian Michael Paetzke

Loving son of Bill and Sue, brother and best friend of Bill (Natalie), and proud uncle of Neo–passed away on October 19, 2022 at the age of 35. Brian was a Milwaukee native, Vegas transplant, Aaron Rodgers doppelgänger, and wearer of many hats. He was the warm and friendly DMV clerk that you wanted to handle your paperwork, the casino lobby greeter, and a renowned ladies man. He was outdoors often as the cabana pool busboy, the parking enforcer, and the Grand Canyon Airlines parts clerk. He loved to longboard around campus, kayak the Colorado River, and fish anywhere—even the Nevada desert and the East River, NYC. On overnight camping trips, his biggest concern was encountering aliens. Brian was a joy to be around. He leaves behind many friends and family all over the country and will be truly missed. Brian is at peace now in eternal rest.

Visitation will be held at HERITAGE FUNERAL HOME, 4800 S. 84th St, Greenfield, on Friday, November 4th from 4-7pm, with a time of remembrance at 6:30PM.  Additional visitation will take place on Saturday, November 5th at ST. JACOBI EV. LUTHERAN CHURCH, 8605 W. Forest Home Ave, Greenfield, from 9-10AM, with a funeral service at 10AM.  Interment Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family appreciated:


  1. Audra Boyle October 28, 2022 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Brian would light up a room. Everyone he met here in New York remembers him as such a personable and fun loving guy. We had such a blast with him at our family Christmas parties and we were so excited he got to come back for Natalie and Bills wedding because everyone loved him. He will truly be missed.


    Audra & Eddie Boyle

  2. Karen & Pete Rizzo October 28, 2022 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    We were so excited to meet Brian when he came to attend Bill & Natalie’s wedding.. We all enjoyed his company so much that we told him to come back for Christmas.
    What wonderful memories spending Christmas with Brian! We were thrilled that he was also able to share in our December 26th “cousin’s celebration “. He fit right in and was included in our Family picture. Brian will not be forgotten.

  3. Rick Paetzke October 29, 2022 at 11:59 am - Reply

    You will be miss Brian we all love you I pray that Jesus will comfort all you family and love ones .if you or anyone needs something call me.

  4. Sally October 29, 2022 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I met Brian briefly working an event in Vegas. We hit it off instantly with his exuberating personality, kindness and compassion. Such a warm soul he is. We lost connection soon after the event, as like most, we had other things going on. We stayed connected on facebook but he didn’t post often. It saddens me to hear of such a youthful heart passing. He is greatness in so many lives. Bless him with my condolences to his Family.

  5. Jan Lasagna October 29, 2022 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    Brian was a great guy. Prayers to his family. He will be missed.

  6. Oscar Haurat October 29, 2022 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    Brian was an amazing spirited individual who always lit up the room when he was present. Great coworker and devout Green Bay Fan. Lol. He will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in paradise bro ✝️❤️

  7. Andrew Harlan October 29, 2022 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Brian was a true friend to me. In dark times, and happy, he was there to cry or laugh with me as needed. He taught me so much about being an active force in the lives of the people you love. I’m going to miss you, buddy. My life is better having been able to call you my brother.

  8. Sabrina Pedroza October 29, 2022 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Brian was one of the most selfless people i’ve ever met. I’m going to miss hearing him cheer at the tv for the green pay packers, being able to eat his AMAZING chili, watch him play with his fur baby koda, helping him master a puzzle, and so many more precious memories that come to my mind. Brian, you are going to be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family always. 🤍

  9. Debby Voorneveld October 30, 2022 at 11:45 am - Reply

    My family had the honor of meeting Brian for our Christmas celebration and also at Bill & Natalie’s wedding. He truly was a bright soul and we will forever hold the memory’s we have of him close to our hearts. Prayers for the family as they go through this very difficult time.

  10. Aunti Gayle October 30, 2022 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Rest in peace,, my young nephew . Gone too soon and now with the Angels 🌹🙏

  11. Ariel Barrett October 31, 2022 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Brian had such a kind and generous heart and was such a calming presence. He was an incredibly hard worker, the best dog dad to Koda and plant dad to his babies around the house. He taught me so many things about myself and lessons about life that I’ll carry with me forever. Hoping he’s in a special place surrounded by love. You’ll be forever remembered and missed Brian. Sending love to all your family and friends during this time.

  12. Teryn Childs October 31, 2022 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Brian , I’ll never forget that time we were fishing at lake Meade and you had a fish on the line pulling drag… once you got it to shore, it was this little cat fish. I said, why don’t you tighten your drag up ? And you replied… little fish want to fight like big fish! That made me laugh so hard !! Lol … I will never forget it…. I am blessed our paths crossed when they did, we talked so much about so many things. You are the reason I catch bass at Wayne kirch . RIP brother, fish forever.

  13. Dianne Goodwin October 31, 2022 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I was lucky enough to meet and spend time with Brian, when is brother Bill married my cousin Natalie. We liked him do much, we invited him back to experience the crazy cousins Christmas. He actually came and we were thrilled! He was kind, and funny and you just felt like he was family. My prayers go out to his Parents, his brother Bill and Natalie, and all of his friends and family. They are and will be shattered for a life time. Rest in peace Brian and please watch over your family and Neo.

  14. Carol Church November 1, 2022 at 8:51 am - Reply

    I know words mean so little after a loss like this. Your sons generous compassionate soul created so many meaningful memories,
    Plus every bit of my heart goes out to you and your family during this time.
    Please accept my family’s Sympathy.
    Love Carol and Bob and family 💙🙏🏼🙏🏼

  15. George l Irizarry November 1, 2022 at 10:08 am - Reply

    My sincere condolences to William Sr. and Susan Paetzke on the recent loss of your son Brian Michael.
    I also extend my condolences to little Billy and his family. Time has gone by so fast for all of us that worked together for many years and now that our children have grown up so fast so have we.
    I know that you moved out to Nevada for quite some time and learned this when I saw a news cast featuring your DJ skills. I know it has been many years since we last spoke since your retirement but you and your family were never forgotten.
    Bill Sr. take care of yourself and your family (Susan & Lil Billy) during the next few weeks as you watch over each other during this time of sorrow.
    May god bless your son Brian and remember the good times you all had with him in the past.
    Bill Sr, Susan and little Billy remember that Brian is on his own journey now and someday you guys will join him and continue the journey.
    R. I.P.
    Brian Michael Paetzke.
    G.L. Irizarry

  16. Aunt Pat November 2, 2022 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Brian, Your family loves you so dearly. They have spoken of you in the most sincerest and loving way. You’ve lived such a full life of adventure and excitement. My love pours out to you, my sister Sue and Bill, and all of your family. May our Lord watch over you now and forever. Love.

  17. Michael Paetzke November 3, 2022 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    After reading all of the comments from family and friends, I was deeply touched by the impact Brian had on their lives. What an awesome testimony of the way he lived his life in the short time Brian was with us! It is also a testimony to how he was raised with Christian values by Bill and Sue who gave him so much love & support.
    I will never forget Brian’s infectious smile, laugh, and outgoing personality as he was growing up. I will always regret not reaching out to him more and getting to know him better as he grew into the wonderful young man he became. My hope and prayer is that I will be able to go fishing with him in Heaven when the Good Lord calls me home. If you are reading this and you’re not sure you are going to Heaven someday, please reach out to me to talk about it.
    No one should ever have to see their own child leave this earth before them. I can only imagine the incredible pain Bill, Sue, and Bill Jr. must feel. Please remember to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. Also, please remember to reach out to them in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead even if it’s just to be a good listener to them. I believe that all things happen for a reason, even if we never find out what that reason is.
    “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me: your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
    Rosemarie and I will greatly miss you my dearest Godchild and nephew, Brian.

    Love always,
    Uncle Mike and Aunt Rose

  18. Adam Missakian November 6, 2022 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Hey Bud,

    fellow Packers fan here! I was born in Milwaukee but all my family still lives there. When I first met Brian at the DMV, we hit it off as if we were brothers.

    I could always get his help with anything and everything. A lot of things I didn’t know, I’d ask Brian and he was always without hesitation to help me. Especially, when we were done with work, we’d chit chat and just talk about our lives.

    Brian, I know you are in a better place and you will definitely be missed brother! You were like a brother to me for the year we worked together. Until we meet again! RIP! 🙏

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