Paul "Butch" R. Cwikla, Sr., age 72, of Lublin, went to be with the Lord on December 10, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin. Father Madanu Sleeva Raju will officiate. Burial will be held in the church cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 until time of services Saturday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is serving the family.
He was born on November 6, 1941, the son of Chester and Mary Cwikla in Milwaukee. Butch left the farm at age 17 to go to Chicago for several years. He met and married his wife, Jill on May 10, 1963.
They returned to Lublin/Owen are in 1967.
Butch loved fishing, deer hunting and watching Owen-Withee High School Football. His children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter were his great love. His little beagle, Opi, brought great pleasure to him. He could be seen going for walks several times every day.
Butch is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jill; daughter, Robin (Carl) Thomsen and son, Paul "Bubby" (Vanessa) Cwikla, Jr.; his grandchildren: Angela Thomsen, Amy Thomsen, Kaitlyn, Jesse, Erin Gretchen, Ransom and Avalon Cwikla; one great-granddaughter, Kamiya Anne Carter. He is further survived by two brothers: Donald (Barb) Cwikla and Richard (Faye) Cwikla; two sisters: Judy (Mike) Kawa and Shirley (Dell) Jordan and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Daniel; sister, Marjorie Haynes; nephew, Troy Cwikla and niece, Missy Kawa.