CRYSTAL FALLS - Norman Otto Wierschke, 75, of Crystal Falls, passed away on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012, at ManorCare Health Services in Kingsford.
He was born on Oct. 4, 1937, in Breitung Township, son of the late Otto and Emma (Brandt) Wierschke. He spent all of his young life in the Camp Five area hunting and fishing and working in the woods and on the family farm with his father.
Norman graduated from Alpha High School in 1956. He enlisted in the United States Air Force after high school and was stationed in the Lake Charles, Louisiana Air Station and in England. After his time in the service he briefly moved back to the U.P. and drove a logging truck for Glenn Corey. He then moved to Milwaukee and worked for Pfister and Vogel as a supervisor in their tanning division.
In 1961, Norman met Margaret Scherer in Polar, Wis., and they later married on July 6, 1963, in Milwaukee. Together the couple raised two children, Jeff and Brian. They lived in West Allis until 1972, and then moved back to the Camp Five area where they raised beef cattle on the family farm. Norman also worked for Lake Shore Inc. and Kingsford Broach and Tool as a machinist. Over the last 15 years, a number of winters were spent with their shelties away from the U.P. on the sunny shores of South Padre Islands, Texas.
Norman is survived by his wife Margaret; along with their two sons, Jeff (Janice) Wierschke of Deerfield, Wis., and Brian "Pugzy" (Leanne) Wierschke of Niagara, Wis.; three grandchildren, Katherina, Emma, and Jacob; a nephew, Richard Wagner of West Chicago, Ill.; and a niece, Billy Ann Wagner of Iron Mountain.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Julia (Bill) Wagner, and his brother Alan (Helen) Wierschke.
Private family services were held.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Norman O. Wierschke online at ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral home of Iron Mountain with the funeral arrangements.