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Obituary: Henry F. “Hank” “Butch” Erdmann

Nov 12, 2015 10:47AM ● Published by Jim

Henry F. “Hank” “Butch” Erdmann

Henry F. “Hank” “Butch” Erdmann, 80, of Beaver Dam passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at his home.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam.  A visitation will also be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  The Beaver Dam American Legion will gather at 12:15 p.m. at the funeral home to pay their respects.  Interment will take place at Highland Memory Gardens, township of Trenton with military honors provided by the Beaver Dam American Legion.

Henry was born the son of Henry A. and Hazel M. (Miller) Erdmann on January 9, 1935 in Madison.  He was a graduate of Fall River High School.  In 1955, Hank enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1959.  He was involved in beer delivery in the Dodge and Columbia County areas for over 35 years; employed with Wunrow Distributing, Old Style Distributing, and Jacobson Distributing.  Afterwards, he delivered for Coca Cola and the last 11 years was employed with Walmart in Beaver Dam. 

Butch was a member of the John E. Miller American Legion Post 146 of Beaver Dam and the VFW Post 9510 of Randolph.  Butch had a passion for the outdoors in both hunting and fishing, and later in life watching wildlife.  He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends in the Northwoods. 

Hank is survived by his partner of 40 years, Sharon Lehmann of Beaver Dam; his children: Kim Erdmann of CA, Mike (Cathi) Erdmann of Columbus, Mark (Tracy) Erdmann of Columbus, Lynn (Paul) Kirchberg of DeForest, Ann (Matt) Lundeen of Fall River, David (Lori) Hackbarth of Beaver Dam, and Russell (Jodi) Firari of Juneau; his grandchildren: Amanda Erdmann, Melissa Erdmann, Brett Erdmann, Josh Erdmann, Trey Kirchberg, Mason Kirchberg, Cullen Kirchberg, Keslie (Josh Trout) Hackbarth, Kegan Hackbarth, Karson Hackbarth, Karlee Hackbarth, Ryan Firari, Emily (John Lininger) Ninmann, and Adam Firari; three sisters: Bonnie Berndt of Beaver Dam, Mabel (Arnie) Oelke of Fall River, and Judy (Duwayne) Hatzinger of Fall River; his brother, Jim (Tina) Erdmann of Beaver Dam; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters: Mildred Firary and Arlene Weinberger, and an infant brother, Russell.

Koepsell-Murray Funeral and Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is serving the family.  Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com 

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