Brian T. Portschy, age 42, of Plymouth, Wis., joined his father in Heaven early Sunday morning, Aug. 25, 2013, at Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee.

He was born Nov. 7, 1970 in Sheboygan, Wis., a son to Susan Strahl Portschy and the late Henry Portschy.

He graduated from Oostburg High School in 1989. He graduated with honors from Universal Technical Institute in 1990 as a Diesel Mechanic.

On March 10, 2001, he married Corrie Ellinger in Mount Charleston, Nev. The couple resided in the Oostburg area after their marriage and later purchased their log home in the country setting.

Him and his wife were owner/operator of B.P. Mobile Service since 2001 and B.P. Transportation since 2005. He owned/operated a fleet of trucks and currently is owner/operator of B.P. Mobile Service.

He is a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Random Lake.

He was a state qualifier for the Oostburg wrestling team and enjoyed trap shooting, classic cars including restoring his father’s 1965 GTO. He was a 100 percent supporter of Harley-Davidson in which he sacrificed his bike to better his family’s business. He also volunteered time on snowmobile clubs equipment and was very involved in his daughter Emily’s snowmobile racing.

Before the age of 27, Brian would not have known that his passion for life was going to be Open Wheeled Sprint Cars. He raced MSA Association for eight years, IRA Bumper to Bumper two parttime years, PDTR Racing for eight years and EWSC Racing for 15 years. You would know him as Brian “The Tornado” Portschy at the racetrack.

He had a good solid 10 years before his daughter Samantha showed interest in racing a sprint car. After finding out his daughter’s interest, he gave 100 percent of everything for her car and never knew that one of his proudest moments in life was when his daughter Samantha became “Rookie of the Year” at the age of 16 for the EWSC Racing Club.

Brian was an extremely proud family man and each of his children touched his heart in many ways: Samantha for her strength to always pull through. He said numerous times how he couldn’t believe how strong of a daughter he had for all she’s been through. Emily was his go-to child, always putting her up to be a better girl, lots of responsibility. He always thought of Emily as the star who would succeed at whatever she put her heart’s desire to. She followed his love of wrestling and picked herself up an All Girls Wisconsin State Title in wrestling. He was so proud – it may have been three years ago, but he always talked like it was yesterday. His only son, Brady, was by far his mini BP; where dad was, Brady was his shadow. So often they teamed together. Brian taught him so much in seven years all the way to being the boss of our business. Brian was the proudest father out there. When Brady was born, it was like Brian was reborn – “he had a son.” Life slowed down, things were different. They enjoyed their BP Dodge Truck rides together with their arms leaning on the window waving to all who would beep at them in the BP truck through town. When he thought his heart could not be filled with any more love, his granddaughter Elizabeth came along. Elizabeth would wait for grandpa on the porch after work to wrap her arms around his neck, and Samantha will carry on that memory for Liz.

He was a proud big brother to Pam “sis” “doc” always there to protect her, tell her how proud he was of her, and how much he loved her.

Brian was so very loved and the best son a mother could have supporting her with strength of character, being emotionally strong, and frequent phone calls of “Hi ma, how are you, you busy?”

Survivors include his wife, Corrie of Plymouth; his children: Samantha, Emily and Brady, all at home; his precious granddaughter, Elizabeth; his mother, Susan Portschy of Oostburg; one sister, Pam Portschy (husband, Chris Schnelle) of St. Paul, Minn.; relatives: Jenni Lesch and her two sons, Dakota and Kieler and daughter, Luci; one godchild, Abby Tetzlaff; and also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry and grandparents, Hildegard and John Portschy and Viola and Harold Strahl.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. The Rev. Marilyn Borchardt will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Random Lake.

Friends may call at Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth from 2 p.m. Thursday until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Brian’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.

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I want to express that Brian completes me, he made me the mother I am, a better person all around and even though it’s the end, I’m grateful I got to share being proud grandparents of our first grandchild. Love forever, your wife.

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