Kenneth “Duke” Weber, age 83 of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin died Sunday, August 11, 2013, at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Wisconsin.
A memorial gathering will be held Friday, August 16, 2013, at the Picha Funeral Home in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, from 2 to 7 p.m.
Duke was born June 24, 1930, in Wisconsin Dells, the son of Roy and Sarah (Streiff) Weber. He grew up on the east side of Wisconsin Dells (which eventually became the Oak Lawn Subdivision) and attended schools there. In April of 1951 he married Bonnie Nickel in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. In June of 1951 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, was stationed in the Philippines, and honorably discharged at the rank of corporal in June of 1953. In July of 1953, Duke began a 35-year career working for the city of Wisconsin Dells, becoming the director of public works in 1967 and eventually retiring in April of 1988. He stayed busy on his 106-acre hobby farm raising horses and beef cattle. Duke also enjoyed auctions, and visiting coffee shops in Oxford and sharing the camaraderie with fellow farmers. As many people also know, he shared his words of wisdom and insight as a guest columnist of the Dells Events newspaper.
Duke is survived by Bonnie Weber of Wisconsin Dells; sons, Ken (Joan) Weber of Wisconsin Dells, Mike (Candy) Weber of Green Bay, Wisconsin and Dan (Sandy) Weber of Lyndon Station, Wisconsin; daughters, Belinda (John) Jordan and Sally McDowell both of Wisconsin Dells; a brother, Harry (Jocille) Weber of Dubuque, Iowa; sisters, Bernice Mola of Highland, Indiana and Dorothy (Robert) Wick of Wisconsin Dells; 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; a sister in law, Lucille Weber of Lake Delton and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Madeline Weber and brothers, Chester, Roland, John and James Weber.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the National Shingles Foundation. The family sincerely offers special thanks to the staffs of St. Clare Hospital and the Sauk County Health Care Center in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, where he had been a resident.