Edward was born September 16, 1923 to Max and Margret (Wild) Sukowatey in ElPaso, (Pierce Co.) WI. At age one, after the death of his mother, he was moved to 217 Oak St. in Mayville, WI. There he was raised by his grandparents, Mike and Mary Wild. Also aiding in his rearing was Minnie Kauth, sister to Grandmother Mary. Edward attended grade school at St. Mary’s and on to Mayville High School. At age 19 Edward enlisted in the United States Marine Corps to fight in WWII. He fought in the South Pacific at: Tarawa-Gilbert Islands, Saipan, and Okinawa- Ryukyu Islands. Edward received two Purple Hearts for wounds received in Saipan and Okinawa, along with the Presidential Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged in August of 1946 with the rank of Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Edward married Rosemary Thurk of Leroy, WI on October 21, 1949 and was happily married for 61 years. They began their married life living in Waterloo, WI where their first son, James Allan was born. The young family then moved to Fond du Lac, WI where Ed worked for Service Motors. In 1953 they bought a home in South Byron WI and children, Michael John, Kathleen Mary, Carol Rose, Robert Edward and Paul Brian were added to their family. With this move Ed became an independent business owner in the gas and oil business. Edward enjoyed his family above all in a loving manner of kindness, gentleness and perfect commitment. He was a member of St John’s Catholic Church, a member of the Lomira American Legion Post 347 for over 57 years, a member of the United States Marine Corps League, member of the DAV and VFW. Edward was an avid hunter, bowler and enjoyed camping and traveling. Ed was also a motorcycle enthusiast all his life. He was a volunteer driver for the Veterans Administration and transported fellow veterans for many years. In 1996 Edward was chosen as the Senior Citizen of Fond du Lac County. Edward also scrapbooked and did photo albums of anything military for over 50 years while always paying honor to fallen veterans and soldiers even those he did not know personally. Band of Brothers was what he lived.
He is survived by his six children: James (Linda) Brownsville, Michael (Julie) Brownsville, Kathy (Jim) Dins of Clintonville, Carol Lamb of Rockton IL, Robert of Clintonville, Paul of South Byron; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and many other relatives.
Special thanks to all the family and friends who supported Edward during his stay at King Veterans Home, along with the staff and volunteers, and Heartland Hospice.
Visitation for Edward will be held at Koepsell Funeral Home in Mayville from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. There will also be a visitation on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sons of Zebedee, St John’s Catholic Church in Byron. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 1 p.m. with Father Michael Peterson presiding. Burial to follow St John’s Catholic Cemetery in Byron where graveside military rites will be conducted by the Lomira American Legion Post #347. The Koepsell Funeral Home is serving the family. To make an online condolence or for more information visit www.KoepsellFH.com.