Colonial Funeral Home

1801 East Red River Street, Victoria, TX


Wilbert A. Lemke

October 18, 1925January 10, 2020

Wilbert August “Johnny” Lemke, age 94, passed away Friday, January 10, 2020. He was born on October 18, 1925 in Yorktown, Texas to Leona Hermine Lemke and Gotthilf Heinrich Lemke.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II about the USS LST 712 in the Pacific Theatre. He entered service on April 23, 1944 and was honorably discharged on May 15, 1946 as a QM 2/C. During his lifetime, he worked for the railroad, was a surveyor, flooring refinisher and industrial plant maintenance worker/supervisor for W.D. Gunnells, Arthur Brothers and H.B. Zachary. He was also co-owner of sandblasting, painting and furniture refinishing businesses.

He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary Evelyn Lemke; his children, David. G. Lemke and wife, Phyllis Hamilton, Linda L. Novosad and husband, James C. Novosad, Susan L. Garner, Dwain L. Lemke and Dayle G. Lemke and wife, Elizabeth Lemke; granddaughter, Heather Williams; and sister, Dora Mae Altman. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alton Lemke and Jimmy Wayne Lemke; sisters, Rosalee Lemke and Pauline Sievers.

The family gratefully acknowledges the compassionate care he received from his personal caregivers, Hospice and the staff of Whispering Oaks Manor in Cuero.

Memorials may be given to the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hospice or Wood High Cemetery Assn, 5476 Midway Road, Inez, Texas 77968 or donor’s choice. Private funeral services will be held at a later date.

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Ginger McGill

January 14, 2020

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Ginger McGill

January 14, 2020


Don Hanselman

January 13, 2020

Dear Mary and Family, Our deepest sympathy.. Was fun fishing with Johnny thru the years. Love Don and Cynthia Hanselman

Ginger McGill

January 13, 2020

Wilbert Lemke family and Dora Mae. Sorry for your loss, but I am sure Wilbert "Johnnie" is smiling to be with his Lord. My prayers and condolences are with you.

Although I really did not get to know him until late in my life and that Mother (Ellerine Lemke Dentler) wanted to see her cousins. She brought me to meet the family and then I was assigned to bring him communion each month where I really get to know my cousin. i can still hear him regaling his stories about the coins he had found and how many he had to go through to find them and his metal detecting adventures. I asked him how he got his nick name of Johnnie. He said his grandfather August Lemke after Jimmie was born. "Cannot have a Jimmie with out a Johnnie." So he became a "Johnnie"

I am sure his vision is great now and he can see all the dates on the coins and play domino with people who know how. I will truly miss our visits.

Jody Altman

January 12, 2020

As a child I remember Uncle Johnny with a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. My condolences to the Lemke family. May you always remember the joy that he brought to your life. Jody Altman-Lake