Clifford C. Patzke

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Clifford C.

Patzke, Clifford C.
Of New Berlin passed away peacefully at home on Friday, September 6th, 2013. Age 88 years. Beloved husband of Valerie (nee Duenow) for over 66 years. Loving father of the late Lori Chodara and the late John Patzke. Father-in-law of Mary Patzke. Proud grandfather of Lauren (Geoff) Trenkle and Ian Patzke. Brother of Sandy (Tom) Kawczynski. Brother-in-law of June(John) Fox and the late Ruth Kaentje. Preceded in death by 2 sisters and 3 brothers. Also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Clifford was proud to have served in the U.S. Navy being a P.O.W. in WWII. Cliff retired after 34 years working at Milwaukee Forge. He was a member of the Shrine Club, The Whitnall Park Shrine Club, and The Provost Unit.

Cliff was also an avid sportsman who enjoyed boating, fishing, and golf.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 at JACKSON PARK LUTHERAN CHURCH, 4535 W. Oklahoma Ave, from 2 PM until the time of service at 4 PM. The Rev. Fred Thomas-Breitfeld officiating. A private interment will take place at Arlington Park Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the loving staff of Compassion Care Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Jackson Park Lutheran Church or to the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital greatly appreciated.

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Dan Shillinglaw


I am so sorry for your loss.

Cliff was meticulous: calm, cool and always in control over his professional career as an executive with the Milwaukee Forge Company. When I think of Cliff I always recall how he was buried in financial statements and so many other issues but that he seemed to manage them all with such ease.

Now he is teamed-up with Gordon Byrnes, Jim Curtis and Jim Diffley all over again. Not bad company!

Val, I wish the very best for you as you are one of the sweetest Ladies I have ever known.


Dan Shillinglaw
Former Purchasing Manager – Milwaukee Forge

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