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From Sheboygan (Wisconsin) Press, 1967.

Oscar Baalke


Oscar (Sarge) Baalke, 82, who spent more than 30 years in military service during two world wars prior to retirement in 1945, died at 5:45 p.m. Monday at Bethany Manor Nursing Home.

Assigned to food details in both World Wars I and II, the Sheboygan native had enlisted in the U.S. Army in December, 1914, serving in the European theater of operations.

In 1922 he joined the Marine Corps, serving eight years at U. S. bases in China, two years on Guam and was stationed at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese attacked the island in December, 1941.

He continued as a mess sergeant at Marine bases in the Pacific for the duration of World War II until his discharge in October, 1945.

Returning to Shebogyan, he had lived with his daughter, Mrs. Melvin Meyer, 419 Washington Ct., until moving to Bethany Manor in 1960.

Mr. Baalke was born here, Aug. 25, 1884, a son of the late John and Mary Baalke. He attended Sheridan School and was confirmed in the former German Methodist Church.

His wife, the former Miss Senta Schirmer of Sheboygan, whom he married here in 1909, died in 1912.

Surviving, in addition to the daughter, Mrs. Meyer (Virginia) are three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Anna Kleist, Shebogyan, and Mrs. Lulu Rethermel, Milwaukee.

Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Ballhorn Funeral Chapels, with the Rev. Dr. T. Parry Jones, pastor of First Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Sunrise Memorial Gardens.

Friends may call at the funeral chapels after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

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