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Obituary: Jacob Sterk

Jun 05, 2015 12:19PM ● Published by Jim

Jacob Sterk, age 96, died Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Eagle’s Wings in Beaver Dam.

There will be no services.

Jacob was born on June 19, 1918 in Friesland, Wisconsin to the late Samuel and Della (Haima) Sterk.  On January 24, 1939, he was united in marriage with Jeanette Vander Velde in Friesland, Wisconsin.  He served in the United States Army during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart while fighting in the European Theater.  Jacob worked for the Department of Corrections and retired in 1974 as Captain at the State Reformatory in Green Bay; he was retired 40 years longer than he worked.  He was a gentle, family loving, Christian man who will really be missed.  He often worked more than one job to provide for his family, such as driving a school bus for many years.  Jacob loved to read, especially westerns by Louis L’Amour.  He had a deep bass voice and loved those low notes.  He acted in several community plays and traveled all over the world.

Survivors include two children, Phyllis (Don) Elsing of Beaver Dam and Kevin (Dawn) Sterk of Los Lunas, NM; four grandchildren, Erica (Jeff) Stevens, Julie Winkelbauer, Nicholas Sterk, and Eric Sterk; four great grandchildren, Cheveney & Landry Koski and Mara & Logan Stevens; his sister, Sara Sommers of Randolph; his brother, Courtney (Florence) Sterk of Colorado Springs, CO; other relatives and friends.  Jacob was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sons, Duane and Dean Sterk; a daughter, Dawn Van Hoosen; and several brothers and sisters.

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. To leave online condolences, or for directions and other information, please visit our website at www.KoepsellFH.com

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