Wayne B. Zwart, 81, of New Holstein passed away Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton following a brief battle with cancer.
Wayne was born Dec. 2, 1938 in Milwaukee to Peter and Alice (Monteba) Zwart. Both families were early descendants of the early pioneers of Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties.
He attended schools in Milwaukee and Sheboygan. He graduated from Sheboygan Central High School with the Class of 1957. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1957 and graduated from the Air Police Academy in 1958 at San Antonio, Texas. He was stationed in Korea, Maine, Michigan, and the Azores. He was honorably discharged in 1962 as an airman first class A1C.
In 1978 he enlisted in the U. S. Army Reserves and was a member of the 2nd BTN, 274 Reg, 2nd BDE of 84th Division. He was a tank commander and Training NCO and received honorable discharge in 1988 as a Sgt. First Class E-7.
On April 24, 1965 he was united in marriage to Judith Ann Larson in Sheboygan; they divorced March 1, 2001 in Calumet County.
Wayne became a member of the New Holstein Police Department on April 24, 1967 and retired July 31, 1994. He was a member of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association, National Police Officers Association, Wisconsin Traffic Safety Officers Association, Wisconsin Chapter of International Association of Arson Investigators, and other police organizations. He also was a volunteer for the Red Cross First Aid and CPR instructor.
Wayne was a charter member of the New Holstein Lions Club, past charter member of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers of Calumet County, and served on the Board of Directors of Calumet County Salvation Army. He was past director of Emergency Services in New Holstein, a member of the New Holstein Police & Fire Commission, and belonged to the New Holstein American Legion Post 124 and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). He worked for the Census Bureau as an enumerator during the 2000 Census.
Survivors include his son, Dean (Juli) Zwart of New Holstein; his daughter, Kris Anderson of Kiel; five grandchildren, Robert Anderson, Amber Anderson, Spenser (Brittanie) Zwart, Gabrielle Zwart, and Morgan Zwart (fiancé Melissa); four great-grandchildren, Azia Zwart, Zoe Wagner, Sophie Ford-Ziegelbauer, and Ezra Zwart; his brother John “Jack” (Mari) Zwart of Sheboygan; and his fiance’, Geri Anderson of Baileys Harbor. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a grandson, Ryan Zwart; three sisters, Jeanette Dalton, Lorraine Campell, and Peg Hauch; and his brother, Donald Zwart.
Cremation will take place. Private graveside services will be held with State Military Honors providing Military Rites.
Wayne’s family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the doctors and staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital and the New Holstein First Responders for taking care of him this past week.
Sippel Funeral Home in New Holstein is assisting the family—(920) 898-4300 or www.sippelfuneralhome.net.