Gordon Z. Stemper, 88, of New Holstein passed away Friday, May 28, 2021 with his family at his side.
He was born May 16, 1933 in New Holstein to Hugo and Isabel (Meier) Stemper. Gordon graduated from New Holstein High School in 1951. He attended Milwaukee School of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Gordon was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1956. His initial training started at Fort Gordon, Georgia and later at Fort Leonard Wood. He attended U.S. Army Southwestern Signal School in 1957 where he was an instructor in field radio repair. Following his discharge from the Army, he returned to his parents’ farm where he worked and eventually purchased the farm in 1967. Gordy and his wife retired in 1988 and sold the family farm in 2006.
On Oct. 3, 1961 he married Anna Mae Wendel. Gordon and Anna Mae enjoyed traveling, especially to Florida, where they spent the winters. He belonged to the bowling league at The Beacon, enjoyed playing cards, and watching the Green Bay Packers.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in New Holstein.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Mae; his two children, Alan Stemper of New Holstein and Paula Stemper of Oak Creek; his grandson, Adam (Megan) Stemper; his great-granddaughter, Serenity; his sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Arlene Schneider, Joan (Tom) Hess, Glenn Wendel, and Lois (Steve) Arenz. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.
Gordon was preceded in death by his son, Greg; his parents, Hugo and Isabel; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Edward and Martha Wendel.
A private graveside service will take place at St. Ann Catholic Cemetery in St. Anna.
The family would like to thank Rich and Sue Humke and the Glenn Schrage family for their love and support. We’d especially like to thank the staff at Willowpark Place Assisted Living, Dr. Delaria, and the nurses at Calumet Medical Center for their thoughtful and compassionate care during Gordy’s final days.
The Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein is assisting the family—(920) 898-4300 or www.sippelfuneralhome.net.