Dayton Pekarek,, age 82 of Casco died Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Bellin Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Kewaunee on January 11, 1931 to the late Joseph and Irene (Sager) Pekarek.
He married Irene Chalupsky on November 12, 1955 at Sacred Heart Church in Two Rivers.
He farmed in Carlton and later in Casco all of his life. He also worked at Mirro Aluminum and Hamilton Industries as well as hauling canned milk. He was a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Casco. He enjoyed listening to polka music, dancing and anything to do with farming. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Irene of fifty-eight years; six sons and five daughters-in-law: Duane and Veronica Pekarek, Kewaunee; Dean and Clare Pekarek, Mishicot; Darrell Pekarek, Casco; Darwin and Nancy Pekarek, Kewaunee; Darin and Margo Pekarek, Stevens Point; Delmar and Christine Pekarek, Kewaunee; three daughters and two sons-in-law: Debra and James Niemojuski, Kewaunee; Darlene and Timothy Mumper, Kewaunee; Dotsie Pekarek, Kewaunee; twenty-three grandchildren: Jeremy, Andrew, Jason, Michael, Leon, Krissy, Kathryn, Joseph, Adam, Jesse, Amber, Amanda, Sarah, Luke, Brian, Evan, Casey, Courtney, Chelsey, Bo, Paige, Austin, Bethany six great grandchildren and one expected: Logan, Landen, Jarek, Arianna, Kyler, Addison; one brother and sister-in-law: Dale and Corrine Pekarek, Kewaunee; a sister-in-law: Marie (Anton) Kalcik, Kewaunee; numerous nieces and nephews and a special puppy friend, Daisey. He was preceded in death by a grandson: Jonathan; a brother: Donald (Joanne) Pekarek and a daughter-in-law: Corinne Pekarek; a special nephew, Donnie Pekarek.
Friends may call after 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 17 at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee. A parish wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues at Holy Trinity Church, Casco from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday by Fr. Milton Suess. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Norman
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Chruch for the repair of the steeple.
The family would like to thank Dr. Amy James; Luxemburg Rescue Squad, the fourth floor nurses and staff of Bellin Hospital and the staff of Unity Hospice for the wonderful care that they gave Dayton during his illness.