Obit: Zubke, Harvey E. (1928 - 2018)

Transcriber: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Ewan, Franson, Halverson, Schwalenberg, Zettler, Zubke

----Source: The Record - Review (Abbotsford, WI) 7/16/2018

Zubke, Harvey E. (31 OCT 1928 - 13 JUL 2018)

Harvey E. Zubke, 89, passed peacefully to his eternal home on Friday, July 13, 2018, at Athenian Living, Athens, under the care of staff and Ministry Hospice.

He was born Oct. 31, 1928, in the town of Johnson to the late Herman and Dora (Ewan) Zubke. As a young man, he fell in love with Marjean Halverson, Medford, who he married on Aug. 6, 1955, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, town of Holway.

Harvey was a devoted husband who loved spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A quiet and gentle man, he continued to work on the family farm for over 30 years. Harvey was also a skilled carpenter, founding Athens Builders with his cousin, Jack, and working there until his retirement. Harvey was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and school, holding various church and school board positions. He was a member of the church choir and especially enjoyed playing the saxophone as part of the Old Timers Band, Trinity’s Polka Band and “The Relatives” Band, which was made up of various family members. Harvey also enjoyed bowling, playing cards, hunting, fishing and, along with his wife, Marjean, was an avid Packers, Badgers and Brewers fan. In the past few months, you could often find him snoozing in his recliner while a Brewers game aired on TV.

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Marjean Zubke; children, Kevin (Karen) Zubke, Cheryl (Ken) Zettler, both of Athens, and Beth (Jim) Franson, Pittsville; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one brother, Lester (Bonnie) Zubke of Wausau.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, with Rev. Mark Schwalenberg presiding. Visitation was on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service, all at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens. Burial will be in the Athens Lutheran Cemetery.

Harvey’s big smile brightened the day of everyone he met and showed us that “it can take a moment to meet someone, an hour to like them, a day to love them and a lifetime to forget them.” The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff of Athenian Living for their excellent care and support this past year, as well as Ministry Hospice for their care these last few weeks.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given to Trinity Lutheran Choir and Altar Guild.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be expressed at

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