Cletus J. Tepp, 95, of Plover, died Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Ministry St. Michael’s Hospital.
Funeral services will be held at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover at 10:30 AM Wednesday, October 26, 2016, with the Rev. Edward Shuttleworth officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Stevens Point. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM at church before the service.
He was born March 13, 1921, in Stevens Point, the son of Mary (Massoth) and Charles Tepp. He married Marie Tylka, who survives him, on May 6, 1944. Their marriage lasted over 72 years.
Cletus graduated from St. Joseph’s Elementary School in June of 1935. He then attended and graduated from Stevens Point High School. He worked as a paper boy for the Stevens Point Journal during school and joined them full-time in May of 1941. He worked as a Linotype operator until 1973 when he was promoted to circulation manager, responsible for over 114 carriers. He retired from the Journal in February of 1985.
Cletus was actively involved in the community, serving as Whiting Village Trustee for many terms. He was the Public Works chairman when the village started their water and sewer construction, and was instrumental in one of the first nitrate treatment water plants in Wisconsin. He also served as the village assessor and building inspector.
As part of serving the community, Cletus was active with the Portage County Office of Civil Defense, in the late 1950s, serving as an auxiliary police officer. Cletus was also very active as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1170 for over 57 years. Other organizations where he served as a volunteer were the Share Food program and the Portage County Retired and Senior Citizens Volunteer Program. He was very active for numerous years with the Boy Scouts of America: Troops 294 and 297 (St. Joseph’s and St. Stephen’s).
During retirement, he enjoyed time with his family, playing cards (pinochle), gardening, watching sports and his service projects with the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid sports fans and loved the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers.
Survivors include his wife, Marie; sons and their wives, Jerry and Karla (Buza) Tepp, Norbert and Patricia (Simcakoski) Tepp. Five grandchildren: Alan Tepp, Alanna Anderson, Andrea Tepp, Amanda Smolarek and Alexis Tepp Sorensen. Seven great-grandchildren: Kailey, Carter, Tyler, Madison, Melody, Ana and Flynn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; and one sister.
He will be missed by his family and friends.
Pisarski Community Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Plover is honored to be assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit www.pisarskifuneralhome.com.