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Kenneth “Rusty” Kaiser

Jul 15, 1946 - Dec 02, 2020


Kenneth “Rusty” Kaiser, age 74, of Sheboygan Falls, passed away peacefully surrounded by his children, on December 2, 2020 at Froedtert Hospital of Milwaukee. He was born on July 15, 1946 to John and Beatrice (Renzelmann) Kaiser in Sheboygan. He attended Trinity Lutheran School, and later graduated from South High School, Class of 1964. Upon graduation, he entered the workforce having positions at R-Way, Watertown Table Slides, and later retired from Georgia Pacific. During his retirement, he had worked as a parking lot attendant at Boston Store, and served as a crossing guard for Longfellow Elementary School until his passing. He delighted in the connections he made with those students. He was joined in marriage to Jonice Pavell on November 25, 1972. They were blessed with three children: Christopher, Kevin, and Nicole. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, his children, Christopher (Michele) Kaiser, of Sheboygan, Kevin (April) Kaiser of Mission Viejo, CA, and Nicole (Timothy) Punke of Sheboygan; grandchildren Courtney Kaiser, Gavin, Anna, and Mollie Kaiser, Kennedy and Isaac Punke, and two step-grandchildren, Andrea and Eric Schoerner; his sister, Lois Faas of Plymouth, WI; his nephew, Warren (Maryann) Faas of Sheboygan Falls. Rusty was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, John, a sister, Janet, brother-in-law, Eugene Faas, and nephew, Dennis Faas. Rusty had a passion for cars and racing, especially hot rods, including his 1964 Buick Wildcat, 1967 GTO, and replica 1923 Model A Roadster. He was also an avid bowler, who won city singles titles, and a state UAW/CIO All-Events tournament title. He was a member of the North Bowl Hall of Fame. He also bowled in national events. He was a self-proclaimed above-average softball player, known as “Cleats” Kaiser. He also coached his sons’ softball teams to numerous league and tournament titles. During retirement, Rusty also took great pride in keeping his Harley in pristine condition and going for long rides along the lake. He was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and instilled the importance of faith in his children and grandchildren. Rusty’s family wishes to thank Dr. Elizabeth Zurich for her compassion and care, as well as the staff at Froedtert Hospital who provided him with comfort and support. Special thanks to Pastor Mech for his home visits with the Lord’s Supper. Due to the pandemic, a private family service will be held. The family regrets that an open service and receiving line can’t be held for those who knew Rusty. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in Rusty’s name.
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Rich Behnke

Terrie and I are both so sorry to hears about Rusty. He was a wonderful person and always fun to be around. You and your family are in our prayers.

Daryl Maertz

Even though I haven't seen you since the mid 60s, I many, many times thought of you, and the fun times we had in those innocent days long passed. God bless you in your next life. I will miss you.

Clare Kovacich

Kevin, April and Family, May God comfort you and your Whole Family and give you peace in this time of grieving. Love, Aunt Clare

Rose and Curt Ellinger

The children at Longfellow are thankful for the love and help Rusty gave them. They will just look up and see Rusty safely guiding them as he has for the past years. We will all miss his many stories about his children, grandchildren and dogs. Thank you Rusty for the many memories!

Kathleen Kirst

I am so sorry to hear this news. God grant you His comfort and peace, as you mourn Ken’s death, and as you celebrate his life. My late husband, Neil, and I (Kathy Krenke), graduated with Ken, from South High School, in 1964.

Rachel nytes

He was a the greatest fan! He was at every basketball game for his granddaughter and her friends! He was always so friendly and kind. Prayers of peace.

Mike & Carol Gahagan

Known Rusty since 1964 and later at Georgia Pacific. Always enjoyed his companionship. Thoughts and prayers for Rusty and his family!

Jeff & Cheri Gahagan

We were sorry to read about Rusty's passing. Our sympathies to all of you. We have many memories that we will cherish.

Tom and Pat Strigel

Kevin, April and all your family, We send our sympathy to you on your loss. We know you have many good memories to rely on in the future. Love, uncle Tom and aunt Pat

Sherry Stegemeyer

I'm sorry to hear about the passing of Rusty, he always had a smile & interest in people.