|Wayne O. Mentink, Sr.|
Aug. 22, 1931-Nov. 18, 2013
He was born Aug. 22, 1931 in Racine, a son of Loyal and Mildred (Klema) Mentink. He graduated from the Racine County School of Agriculture of Rochester, in 1949. Wayne joined the Navy in 1951. He served as a sonar specialist on the U.S.S. Irwin during the Korean War until 1955.
On April 2, 1955 he married Helen Kostka. They had three children: Glenn, Linda, and Wayne Mentink, Jr. Helen died April 19, 1995.
On Dec. 23, 1995, Wayne married Donna Rae (Nass) Kalkofen in Random Lake. Donna Rae survives.
Wayne worked for Bardon Rubber Co. in Union Grove while starting a saddle repair business in his home. He later opened a shop in Elkhorn with horse and riding equipment. He then worked for Hall Saddlery in Milwaukee until he retired in 1985.
Wayne was a gardener and wine and jam maker. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was Town Chairman for the Town of Mount Morris at the time of his passing. He was a school bus driver for the Wautoma and Princeton Schools, and the E.A.A. of Oshkosh. He served on the boards of directors for the Wautoma and Wild Rose Fire Departments, and the John’s Lake and Norwegian Lake Associations. Wayne was also a member of S.A.S.S.
Survivors include his wife: Donna Rae; two sons: Glenn (Sue) Mentink and Wayne, Jr., both of Neshkoro; and a daughter: Linda Mentink, Columbus, NE; his step-children: Terri (Scott) Harcourt, Brillion; Janel (Pat) Teeters, Elkhart Lake; Kevin (Jackie) Kalkofen, Hingham; his brothers: Rev. Lee (Eleanor) Mentink, Galena, IA; Dale (the late Sally) Mentink, Franksville; half brother: Darrell (the late Judy), Iola; and a step-brother, Earl (Carolyn) Klema, New Port Ritchie, FL. Wayne is also survived by three grandchildren: Shannon, Justin, and Cody; six step-grandchildren: Nick (Sherry), Josh, Andy (Lacey), Jordan, Jacob, and Brittney; three great-grandchildren, Brayden, Delilah, and Kylie; and 3 step-great-grandchildren, Alexis, Cadance Rae, and Isaiah; a brother-in-law: Dale (Lynn) Nass; and his beloved border collie: Ragid E. Ann.
Wayne was preceded in death by an infant daughter: Cindy; his wife: Helen; and his parents.
Memorial services for Wayne Oliver Mentink, Sr. were held Sunday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m. at the Ruminski Funeral Home in Redgranite. The Rev. Paul Brinkman officiated. The family received relatives and friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Ruminski Funeral Home prior to the memorial services.
Memorials will be appreciated in Wayne’s memory in place of flowers.
Ruminski Funeral Home, Redgranite, assisted the family.
Wayne’s family extends Special Thanks to Dr. Tom Klinkhammer, and the nurses at Mercy Medical Center for the kind, wonderful care they gave Wayne
and his family.