Mr. Howard (Howie) John Hatzinger passed away at his home on Saturday, April 26, 2008 after a long and courageous battle with bone cancer and heart disease. Howard was 88 years old.
Howard was born Catholic on April 12, 1920, in Columbus, Wisconsin to Frank and Luella (Sadowski) Hatzinger.
Mr. Hatzinger served in the U.S. 54th Army Infantry, 9th Division, in WWII from 1941 to 1945 as a Platoon Sergeant. Howard was stationed in Africa (stating that Morocco was beautiful), Algeria, Central Europe, Northern France, Germany, Normandy, Rhineland, Sicily and Tunisian. He was Honorably discharged on September 10, 1945 receiving; Combat Infantry Badge, American Defense Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, 1 Silver Battle Star, 3 Bronze Battle Stars, 1 Bronze Arrowhead, 5 Overseas Bars, a Service Stripe, Lapel Button, and a Purple Heart.
Howard married Dorothy Gertrude Reinert on November 27, 1945 in Columbus. They had met before Howard left for WWII and Dorothy waited for him to return. Howard and Dorothy had four wonderful sons, John of Carson City, NV, Marc (Donna), Paul, and Hugh (Brenda), all of Beaver Dam, They had six amazing grandchildren, Twila (Jon) Hankes, Megan (Jake) Leick, Amanda, Kara, Matthew, and Kelsey Rae Anne. Also, one great grandson, Henry Edward Hankes. He had one nephew, Thomas (Lisa) Hatzinger, great nieces, Teresa (Chris) Janusz, Jessica, and Kristin, and great-great nieces, Calista and Breanna Janusz. Howard and Dorothy loved their children so much and were very proud of all of them. They especially enjoyed the grandchildren and spent a lot of time with them. Howard was especially touched by becoming a great grandfather to Henry Edward Hankes.
Howard worked as a carpenter for 22 years. He then worked for the State of Wisconsin in the Engineering Department at Mendota State Hospital for 13 years, retiring in 1983. Howard spent his retirement helping his sons build their homes, doing carpentry work, go-kart riding, having many meals at The Crystal Creek Dairy House, and fishing.
Howard Hatzinger was a wonderful, intelligent, independent, spirited man whose life has touched us all. His laugh was contagious and his heart was as big as they come.
Howard was proceeded in death by his loving wife Dorothy, brother, Urban Hatzinger, sisters-in-law, Crystal Hatzinger, and Eleanor Ihrke, his parents, Frank and Luella Hatzinger, grandparents and other relatives.
Howard will be deeply missed by family, friends, neighbors, and anyone he has met. Special thanks to his neighbors who checked on him daily and took him his newspaper. Also to the family from “The Cheese House” who enjoyed his frequent visits and made sure he was alright when he wasn”t there.
Visitation for Howard will be on Thursday, May 1, 2008 at the Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM. The John E. Miller American Legion Post #146 is invited to pay their respects at 6:00 PM. There will also be a visitation on Friday, May 2, 2008 at St. Katharine Drexel Church, 127 W. Maple Ave. from 11:00 AM until 12:00 noon. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Friday at the church with Fr. Carlos Florez officiating. Burial will take place at St. Peter”s Cemetery, Town of Beaver Dam, Dodge County, Wisconsin.
The Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is caring for the family. Online condolences may be made on our website at www.MurrayFH.com.
Friday, May 2nd, 2008, 12:00pm, St. Katharine Drexel Maple Ave. Church-Beaver Dam
St. Peter’s Cemetery-Beaver Dam