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Wayne “Jim” Wenske

Feb 03, 1941 - Jul 21, 2023


Wayne “Jim” Wenske, age 82, of Sheboygan, died on Friday, July 21, 2023, at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. He was born in Chicago, IL, on February 3, 1941, the son of the late Henry and Christine Brezinski Wenske.
Wayne attended high school at St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, and graduated from Lakeland College in Sheboygan. On June 24, 1967, he was united in marriage to Judy Nenahlo.
He was employed as a chemist at Kohler Company, retiring in 2007. He then did tours for Kohler before being greeter at the Kohler Design Center. Wayne also enjoyed working at Road America for many years. He belonged to many organizations which include the Deputy Sheriffs Organization, Knights of Columbus, and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Wayne also loved to spend time at the family cottage on Lake Poygan.
Survivors include his wife, Judy; two sons, David, and Marc (Kerri) Wenske; grandchildren, Matthew, Andrew, Alyssa, and Emma. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Wayne will be held on Friday, August 11, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 1305 Humboldt Ave. Sheboygan, with Fr. Paul Fliss officiating. Family and friends may gather at the church on Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 11:00 a.m. Burial will take place at Immaculate Conception Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Wayne’s name. A heartfelt thank you is extended to the staff at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for the compassion and care given to Wayne.

Mass of Christian Burial

Date: Friday Aug 11, 2023
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church [map]


Date: Friday Aug 11, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church [map]



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David Lukaszewski

So sorry to the family for your loss. Worked close with Jim for many years at Kohler. Was truly a great caring person! You definitely left an impact on my life as you did with other people as well. Rest easy my friend.

Shirley Seefeldt

I am so sorry for your loss. I've known Jim for many years. Working at the Design Center with him was always a treat. Rest in peace my friend..

David Kohler

We are so sorry for your loss. Jim was a wonderful human being and left his mark on so many of us at Kohler Co. He was filled with pride, passion, and care for the company and his fellow associates. We will miss him dearly. David

Lori Wenske

Jim or "papa" as my kids knew him was a wonderful hardworking man, amazing grandfather who loved with his whole heart! He was a hard working man who devoted his life to his family and work. He will be missed by so many 🙏🏻❤️

Vicki Mavis

Sorry for your loss. I was honored to be his Mrs. Claus for the Kohler Children’s Christmas Party. Rest easy Winkie! ❤️

Annette L. Biggin

Jim, I will miss your bear hugs and smile when we greeted each other. Who will eat my cranberry nut bread now???? What a wonderful man you were with your welcoming presence. Judy, David and Marc - huge hugs - I'm so sorry for your loss! xoxoxo Annette

Lisa Herrmann

I can’t express how much I loved working as Wayne’s leader at the Kohler Design Center. He was a kind, caring and lovable man. God is truly saying well done my good and faithful servant. Love and prayers to the family. May God be with you all.

David J. Wehrwein

I had the privilege of knowing Wayne through the Deputy Sheriff's Association. He always seemed to have a smile on his face when he greeted you. Rest In Peace my friend .....