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Max Ferdinand (Fred) Koletzke Jr

Aug 8, 2018

Max Ferdinand (Fred) Koletzke Jr., age 92, died on Friday, July 27, 2018 at Hope Hospice in Shell Point Retirement Community, Ft. Myers, Florida after suffering from advanced dementia. Max was born on Dec. 20, 1925 in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Max served as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army from July 27, 1944 to Oct. 23, 1946 for the post-World War II occupation of Japan. In 1948 he married Janet Playman, his 9th grade sweetheart, also from Appleton. Max graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1949, then had a long career as Civil Municipal Engineer for many small towns in south-central Wisconsin.

After Max’s retirement, he and Janet split their time between Madison, Wisconsin and Sanibel, Florida for over 30 years. They volunteered for various church activities in both locations.

Max also served as president of the Sanibel Bicycle Club, and led numerous week-long rides for the club in Florida and Wisconsin, as well as longer rides in Europe. He spent summers in Wisconsin cycling with the Madison Sports for Active Seniors club.

In addition to bike trips, Max and Janet sailed on countless journeys as skipper or crew in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, and South Pacific. Other travel included European river and Panama Canal cruises and skiing excursions. In fact, much of Max’s time was spent either on a trip or eagerly planning the next one.

Max was preceded in death by his wife, Janet. He is survived by and will be missed by his daughter Marilyn Koletzke and her partner Ginna Wilkerson of Tampa, FL; his son Peter Koletzke and his wife Anne M. Koletzke of Petaluma, CA; and sister-in-law, nieces, and nephew.

A memorial gathering will be held for family and friends in Madison in October. A memorial service will be held at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ on December 20, 2018.

Memorial donations may be made in the name of Max F. Koletzke, Jr. to Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Fund, 3333 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957, 239-472-2329.