Palmer P. Orlikowski
Palmer Paul Orlikowski, 89, Whiting, died Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Maple Ridge of Plover under the care of Ministry Hospice.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, March 22, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, with the Rev. Ed Shuttleworth presiding. Private family interment will be at McDill Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation was at the church Thursday.
Pisarski Funeral Home of Plover assisted with arrangement. Condolences may be offered online at www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.
Mr. Orlikowski was born Jan. 25, 1929, in Stevens Point, a son of the late Theodore and Agnes (Wojcik) Orlikowski. One of 10 siblings, he attended St. Peter elementary school and belonged to the “Boundary 9” group of ruffians who would occasionally “borrow” vegetables from their rival “River Rats” and “Westsiders” gardens in the summer and fall. He attended P.J. Jacobs High School, graduating in January 1947.
Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed at Pope Field, N.C., Maxwell AFB, Ala., and MacDill AFB in Tampa, Fla., where he graduated with Training Unit Class 49-C of Para-Rescue and Survival School. He was honorably discharged as a corporal in 1950.
He was married to Eleanor Rasmussen of Weyauwega April 21, 1951, in Lebanon, Wis. She died in 2008.
He worked as a deliveryman for the Standard Oil Company in Stevens Point, drove cab and eventually was employed at Consolidated Paper, retiring after 36 years, in 1989.
In his youth, he played baseball for the City League as well as various teams in the Portage County League, many times as their pitcher.
Survivors include three sons, James (June), Westby, Randal (Anne), Stevens Point, and Steven, Whiting; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and his friend, Millie Wanserski.
He was also preceded in death by his siblings.