Lawrence Wayne “Larry” Buschke, age 78, of Plymouth, went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the Plymouth Care Center.

He was born in Portage, Wis., on March 7, 1934, son of the late Robert and Linda (Wachholz) Buschke. He attended grade school and graduated from North Division High School.

After school he heard the call of his country and entered into the United States Army serving in Puerto Rico from 1954-56.

On May 20, 1961, he married Kathleen “Kathy” Plischke at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.

He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth, where he served as an usher for over 20 years, bowled in the Senior Bowling League in Kohler, enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles, and was a friend of Bill W. since 1964.

During his working career, he worked for Wisconsin Bridge and Iron Co. in Milwaukee from 1956-74 and the Kohler Co. for 23 years retiring in 1997.

He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Plymouth; two children, Dana Buschke of Sheboygan and Robyn Buschke of Green Bay; three grandchildren, Jocelyn, Hunter and Garron; a brother, Gerald (Louise) Buschke; and brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law, Carolyn and Richard Hartenstein and Randall McKay. Many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends further survive him.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Luanne Buschke; and a sister-in-law, Marlene McKay.

Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth with the Rev. Thomas Burton and Rev. Dean Wachholz officiating. Entombment will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Wisconsin Memorial Park.

Friends may call at the church Friday from 3 p.m. until the time of service.

Schneider Funeral Home & Life Tributes of Plymouth has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent through

The family would like to say a special thank you to neighbors and special friends who have helped so much during Larry’s illnesses.

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