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Russell Philip Prinz

May 20, 1929 - March 31, 2019

Russell Philip Prinz, 89, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2019, surrounded by the love of family.  Russell is survived by his two daughters Linda (Jerry) Kirkeeng and Carol (Angel) Fontanez. Russell also left a legacy of 12 grandchildren, Vicki (Scott) Hirschfeld, Mathew Eide, Nathan (Carrie) Eide, Ben Eide (fianc…read more

Russell Philip Prinz, 89, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2019, surrounded by the love of family.  Russell is survived by his two daughters Linda (Jerry) Kirkeeng and Carol (Angel) Fontanez. Russell also left a legacy of 12 grandchildren, Vicki (Scott) Hirschfeld, Mathew Eide, Nathan (Carrie) Eide, Ben Eide (fiancee Jamie), Courtney (Anthony) Korselt, Peter (Katie) Eide, Stephanie (Ben) Bauer, Jeremy (Romi) Eide, Melody (Tim) Hurst, Amy Eide, Aaron Eide, 21 great grandchildren with one more on the way, and two great, great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife of 68 years Vivian (nee LaRosa), his mother Catherine (nee Watson), father Roland Prinz, grandson Mark Eide, and son-in-law Gary Eide.

Russell was a long-time member of the McKinley Lodge # 307 F & AM, Wisconsin Commandery No. 1 Knights Templar, and the Tripoli Shrine.

Russell was a devoted family man who worked hard his entire life to ensure his family’s well-being. Russell was a journeyman machinist who spent his entire career in the Tool and Die industry. He was most proud of the 40 plus years he spent at Banner Tool and Engineering. He worked his way up to foreman, superintendent and vice president. He eased into retirement and worked for Banner part-time as project manager well into his 70s.

Russell loved to travel. Some of his fondest memories were from the trips and cruises he took with his wife. In addition to his involvement with the Masonic lodges and the Tripoli Shrine, he was a staunch supporter of the arts. Russell especially enjoyed the theater and MPTV programs. Besides financial support for both, he helped with the Channel 10 auctions for many years, even appearing on TV while answering the phone during telethons.

Russell appreciated the beauty of the outdoors, enjoying fishing, bird watching, and gardening. Russell was an avid Packers fan while also supporting Badger football and Milwaukee baseball  and basketball. A true Milwaukeean, Russell could give you city street directions to any place in town without ever looking at a map.

Russell had numerous health challenges during his later years, however he maintained a positive, can do attitude up until his death. His ability to find joy in situations where others might despair is a source of constant inspiration to his entire family.

He will be deeply missed by his daughters and their families. He almost made it to his 90th birthday, which his family intends to celebrate in his honor next month. His strength and positivity will be forever missed, however his love and presence will be with us always.

Masonic Service at Krause Funeral Home, 21600 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield,WI, on Monday, April 8, 2019 by McKinley Lodge # 307 F & AM at 10:00 AM, followed by visitation from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Funeral Service 12:00 PM.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Linden Grove in Menomonee Falls and Season’s Hospice for the care they gave Russell. If desired, memorials can be made in Russell’s honor to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or the Sunset Playhouse.

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Service Information

Visitation Information

Krause Funeral Home Brookfield

Address:

21600 West Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53072

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Service Information

Krause Funeral Home Brookfield

Address:

21600 West Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53072

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Krause Funeral Home Brookfield

Address:

21600 West Capitol Drive
Brookfield, WI 53072

Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM

Memorial Information

The Shriners Hospital for Children or The Sunset Playhouse

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