Cletus Dickrell, 83, of rural Elkhart Lake (St. Anna), died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday evening, Dec. 16, 2020.
He was born April 3, 1937 at the home he lived in his entire life, son of the late Nicholas and Norma (Becker) Dickrell. Cletus attended St. Ann Catholic Grade School and Elkhart Lake High School, graduating with the class of 1955. In his younger days he was proud to have shown cattle at the State Fair.
Cletus served for six months with the National Guard. He returned home and began farming the Dickrell Homestead. On June 27, 1964 he was united in marriage to Rose Rolf at St. Mary Catholic Church, Stockbridge. Rose and Cletus raised their family and farmed in the town of Russell all their married years. Rose preceded him in death on March 22, 1993. Cletus continued to farm until his retirement in 1999. He was able to stay on the farm the remainder of his life.
He was a lifetime member of St. Ann Catholic Church, St. Anna where he served on the Parish Council, was an usher, and helped as funeral server. He was active with the Green Bay Diocese Crozier Society, giving leadership to the Diocese and its mission to help others. Cletus also was involved with the Adoration Chapel. In his free time he enjoyed deer hunting and was an avid fisherman. He followed the Jerry Schneider Band and loved to go to all the different polka events around the area. After his retirement, Cletus was able to travel extensively. He made trips to many locations including Germany, Italy, Panama, France, Alaska, and Mexico.
Survivors include his four daughters, Tammy (Eugene Jr.) Loose of Kiel; Angela Dickrell (Kellie Terry) of Sarah, Mississippi; Brenda Dickrell of Sheboygan; and Melissa Dickrell of St. Anna; his grandchildren, Brian (Elizabeth) Loose and their daughter Ellie, Carissa Loose, and Eric Loose. Cletus is further survived by three brothers, Nicholas (Mary) Dickrell, Roman (Rosella) Dickrell, and Donald (Ginny) Dickrell, a sister, Theresa Greuel; sister -in-law Marlene Dickrell; along with brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law of the Rolf family, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Rose; son Michael; three brothers, infant Clement, Clarence (Luella) Dickrell, and Leo Dickrell; eight sisters, Aurelia (Wilmer) Krebsbach, Martha (Edward) Kasprzak, Ermina (Roland) Mekka, Cyrina (Henry) Turek, Mary Ann (Ervin) Mytko, Elvira (LaVern) Minor, Imelda (Alphonse) Faust, and Sister Imelda Ann Dickrell; and brother-in-law Glenroy Greuel.
Funeral Mass for Cletus will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 at St. Ann Catholic Church, N188 School St., New Holstein (St. Anna). Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.
A time of visitation will be held on Monday, Dec. 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, 815 6th St., Kiel. Visitation will continue at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. when there will be brief family rites before Mass. Masks and distancing rules will be followed.
Online condolences may be offered at www.meiselwitzfh.com.