Obit: Urbanek, Edward Duane Jr. (1941– 2008)
Contact: Dolores

Surnames: Urbanek, Springer, Handby, Schlim, Lewis, Johnson, Gerke, Blackhawk, Olson

----Source: Banner Journal (Black River Falls, Jackson Co., WI.) January 7, 2009

Urbanek, Edward Duane Jr. (25 June 1941 – 30 December 2008)

Edward D. “Eddie” Urbanek Jr., 67, of Black River Falls and formerly of Viroqua died Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, in his home under the care of Black River Hospice.

Edward Duane Urbanek Jr. was born June 25, 1941, in Viroqua to Edward D, Sr. and Helen Springer Urbanek. He was raised in the Viroqua area and married Faye J. Handby June 20, 1981, at Viroqua.

Eddie was a truck driver for 45 years. He started by driving cattle and cheese trucks at Viroqua. He later drove for the Jackson Box Factory and Superior Blacktop, both of Black River Falls, Janesville Auto Transport, and Waste Management. His last employment was with Wiza Trucking of Hixton.

He and his wife, Faye, were also foster parents for 13 years.

Eddie enjoyed working on motor vehicles of all types.

Survivors include his wife, Faye of Black River Falls; a daughter, Tanya Urbanek of Black River Falls; two grandsons, Steven Edward Urbanek and Justin Dale Schlim Jr.; a sister, Carol (Harold) Lewis of Black River Falls; a sister-in-law, Shirley (Robert) Johnson of Black River Falls; a brother-in-law, Calvin (Jeannine Gerke) Handby of Tomah; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wilbur Urbanek.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at the Andrew Blackhawk American Legion Post #129, rural Black River Falls. Myron Olson officiated.

Family and friends were invited for visitation on Friday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Andrew Blackhawk American Legion Post #129.

Memorials to the family are preferred.

The Buswell Funeral Home, Black River Falls, assisted the family with arrangements.

Online condolences are available at



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