Duane L. Bricko, 91, Town of Ringle passed away on Monday, March 13, 2023 with Family at his side while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Cedar Creek Manor, Kronenwetter.
He was born November 8, 1931 in Elderon, son of the late Chester and Jennie (Berglund) Bricko. Duane married Ercelle Zoromski in 1953 and she passed away in 1995. He then married Pattie (Tietz) Hack in Wausau in 2001. She survives.
For more than 40 years Duane worked at 3M in Wausau. Holding many positions over the years including Quarry Supervisor in which the job required him to be a Licensed Blaster in the State of Wisconsin, Crushing and Trucking Department Head, and Coloring Department Head. Some of his favorite pastimes included fishing perch and (lots of) walleyes and hunting trips to Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Canada. Snowmobiling, taking vacation trips, gardening in his Ringle backyard and watching the Green Bay Packers. Duane also enjoyed the Sunday Polka Show on the radio, shooting trap at the Weston Hit and Miss Trap Club and held various positions with the Club. He also held various positions with the Hatley Snowmobile Club.
Duane proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War, 1952 – 1954.
Survivors include his wife, Pattie Bricko, Ringle, his children, Pamela (Mark) Dexter, Rothschild, Roderic Bricko, Ringle, Mary Mulder, Wausau, Denise Bricko, Kaukauna, Paul (Julie) Bricko, Weston, three step children, Elizabeth Hack, AZ, Annie Hack, Wausau and Susan Hack, Wausau, 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, three step grandchildren and his siblings, Annette (Toke) Klabunde, Kronenwetter and Lyle (Barb) Bricko, Wausau and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and first wife, Ercelle he was preceded in death by granddaughter, Michelle Folta and siblings, Jerry, Denny, Vince, Marcellene, Cathy and Beverly.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 17, 2023 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Weston. The Rev. Greg Bohren will preside. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau and again on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com