Karl L. Hoppe, 75, of Chilton, died at St. Luke Medical Center in Milwaukee on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

Karl was born Sept. 13, 1938 in Sheboygan, the son of the late Lester and Dorothy (Wuestenhagen) Hoppe. He attended Sheboygan Falls High School and then enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served from 1955-58.

Karl married Janice Krause on Sept. 23, 1960, in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Karl was a machinist at various companies for over 30 years.

He was a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church in Chilton and formerly a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Howards Grove.

Karl was an honorary member of the Howards Grove Athletic Association, charter member of Sheboygan County Ducks Unlimited, Smerkes Sportsman Club, secretary of numerous bowling leagues, served on the Pigeon River Clean-Up Project and was president of the Local UAW while working at Garton Toy.

Karl enjoyed bowling, golf, trap shooting, small game hunting, deer hunting with his son and grandsons, playing cards and Sudoku. Karl was an avid Green Bay Packer and UW Badger fan. Annually he enjoyed filling out his NCAA basketball tournament brackets. He looked forward to perch fishing on Lake Winnebago with Kevin and Linda, ice fishing on South Twin Lake with dear friends, Robert and James Laack, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting activities.

Karl is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janice of Chilton; one daughter, Jill (Rich) Lohr of Sheboygan Falls; one son, Kevin (friend, Linda Rabe) Hoppe of Sheboygan; three grandsons, Matthew (Kristin) Lohr, Adam Lohr and Aaron Lohr; two great-grandchildren, Hannah and Kaitlyn Lohr; five sisters, Virginia Radtke of Sheboygan Falls, JoAnn (Mike) Austreng of Cleveland, Gloria (Tom) Kanzelberger of Sheboygan Falls, Janice Krueger of Manitowoc and Susan Ebert of Florida; one brother, Ervin (Judy) Hoppe of Anchorage, Alaska; one sister-in-law, Lois Saeger of West Bend; one brother-in-law, Donald (Valeria) Krause of Sheboygan Falls; nieces and nephews.

Karl was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, James Radtke and LeRoy Saeger.

A funeral to celebrate Karl’s life was held at St. Martin Lutheran Church, located at 717 Memorial Drive, Chilton, on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 18, with the Rev. Jonathan Christensen officiating. Burial and military honors will take place at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Howards Grove.

Family and friends will gather at St. Martin Lutheran Church in Chilton on Saturday from noon until the time of the service at 3 p.m.

For online condolences and additional information, please visit www.wenigfuneralhome.com.

A memorial fund is being established in his memory for St. Martin Lutheran Church and the Howards Grove Athletic Association.

The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is serving the Hoppe family.

The Hoppe family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at St. Luke Medical Center for the loving and dedicated care given to Karl and their family.

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