Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at his home in Fond du Lac. He was born in Beaver Dam
on October 13, 1945 to Joseph and Carole (Welsch) Kurkowski. Joe was a graduate
of Beaver Dam High School. He married Debra King, the love of his life, on July
6, 1985 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fond du Lac.
Joe worked for Mercury Marine for 42 years. After
retirement, he was an Agnesian Hospice Hope volunteer and most recently a
crossing guard at Rosenow Elementary in Fond du Lac. Joe was an avid sports
fan, never missing a Brewer, Badger or Bucks game. He played on various
softball teams and bowled and golfed in several leagues for many years.
Joe’s family was most important to him. He looked forward to
and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sturgeon spearing with his son, Jordan. Joe
treasured and looked forward to all the special times he spent with his
daughters and grandchildren. He was proud of all his children and their
Survivors include his wife, Debra; his son, Jordan
Kurkowski; four daughters, Tracy Schneider, Wendy (Richard) Evans, Amee
Kurkowski (Tom Galecke) and Jodi (Tyler) Hicken; seven grandchildren, Gaelan,
Gavin, Kylee, Lexy, Seth, Holly and Emma; and his sister, Joann Kurkowski. Joe is also
survived by his mother-in-law, Nancy Kowalkowski; one sister-in-law, Patty
(Mike) Pitts; two nephews, Tyler & Jesse Knueppel; a special family friend,
Barb Rowland; aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his
Joe will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
A private family burial will take place in Calvary Cemetery
with a celebration of Joe’s life to be held at a later date.
The family would like to extend a special and heartfelt
thank you to Dr. Robert Grass and staff as well as everyone else for the
outpouring of love and support during this difficult time.
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