Mark "Duke" Brodhagen

Born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Jun 07, 1955

Died on Dec 01, 2018 and resided in Green Bay, WI

Mark “Duke” Brodhagen, 63, passed away after a courageous battle with lung cancer on December 1, 2018.  On June 7, 1955, Mark was in such a hurry to get into this world, that he was born in the back seat of his parents’ car while his father was stationed in Oklahoma.  After travelling from base to base, his parents Kenneth and Delores settled in Green Bay where Mark attended Preble High School.  It was there he met his soulmate, Laurie Kaminecki.  The two have spent the last 45 years together, marrying on May 25, 1984, and raising a daughter that true to his stubborn nature, he demanded she be named Maggie.

He followed in his father’s footsteps, serving his country in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist.  Mark retired from a career in transportation in 2017, beginning as an over the road trucker before graduating from NWTC with a degree in logistics.  His true passions were his hobbies.  Duke founded the Titletown Treasure Seekers metal detecting club.  His treasurers funded a trip to Alaska to pan gold, and the purchase of his custom tear drop camper.  Duke and Laurie made many special memories travelling the country, enjoying a glass of wine around the campfire, and establishing friendships with their fellow “Tear Jerker” campers.  A highlight was their trip out West this fall, returning for the third time to the Grand Canyon.  Mark also collected tea pots, enjoyed kayaking (basically anything outdoors or on the water), and recently rediscovered his love of fish tanks instigated by his partner in crime, Maggie. 

He is survived by his wife Laurie, his daughter Maggie and the only boyfriend of hers that Mark ever liked, Alex Markovic; his mother, Delores Brodhagen; three brothers, Ken (Julie), Mike, and Keith (Pam) Brodhagen; a sister, Barbara (Chris) Hennes; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chester and Lois Kaminecki. 

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason.  There will be a Memorial Service at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Rev. Julie Wrubbel-Lange officiating.  To send online condolences visit www.prokowall.com.

Laurie extends a special thank you to her Paper Converting Family and the Tear Jerkers for assisting us in visiting the Grand Canyon one last time.  It was the trip of a life time!  Thank you also to the staff of Green Bay Oncology and St. Vincent Hospital for their care during Mark’s illness.  Your compassionate care will always be remembered.

Memorial Gathering: Thursday Dec 6, 2018, 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Proko-Wall Funeral Home

Memorial Service: Thursday Dec 6, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at Proko-Wall Funeral Home

Served by Proko-Wall Funeral Director: Jeane Smits

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