1919 - 2010
Arthur K. Pfaffenbach, 91, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday morning, Dec. 12, 2010, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.
Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown with Rev. Michael Jensen officiating. Burial will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery in Watertown. Relatives and friends may call at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials, if desired, may be directed to Zinzendorf Hall Assisted Living or St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
The Hafemeister Funeral Home of Watertown is in charge of arrangements.
Arthur Kruger Pfaffenbach was born on March 22, 1919, in Watertown, the son of Arthur Fredrick and Charlotte (Kruger) Pfaffenbach.
He was a 1937 graduate of the Watertown High School and the University of Wisconsin Short Courses. On July 30, 1940, he married the former Bessie May Babb at Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa.
Art had worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII. He made parts necessary to produce the atomic bomb. Due to his performance making parts in record time using new technology that he developed, the War Department in Washington D.C. cancelled his enlistment to the Navy so that he would remain working on the Manhattan Project.
Art had been employed at Allis Chalmers Manufacturing in Milwaukee, Syncromatic Corporation in Watertown, Village Blacksmith in Watertown and G.B. Lewis-LEWISystems Menasha Corp. in Watertown, until his retirement on May 1, 1980. Art was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. He enjoyed spending summers with his family at their cottage in Lake Mills. He was an avid Brewers, Packers and Badgers fan. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking and taxidermy.
Art is survived by three children, Dr. David (Carole) Pfaffenbach of Cleveland, Larry (Susan Stan) Pfaffenbach of Roselle, Ill., and Susan (Glenn) Williams of Cambria; seven grandchildren, Peter (Christine) Pfaffenbach of Oak Creek, Dr. Andrew (Dr. Elina) Pfaffenbach of Appleton, Sara (Dave) Schlanger of Glenwood, Md., Anne (Kevin) Mullooly of Crofton, Md., Jennifer (Jack) Solberg of Chicago, Ill., Erik (Paola) Pfaffenbach of Ventura, Calif., and Amy (Bryan) Barnes of Minneapolis, Minn.; 10 great-grandchildren, Zachary Pfaffenbach, Dylan Pfaffenbach, Katrina Pfaffenbach, Alexandra Pfaffenbach, Eric Pfaffenbach, Aryana Pfaffenbach, Otto Schlanger, Camille Schlanger, Hagan Mullooly and Annika Solberg.
Art was the last member of his immediate family, being preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Bessie, on Feb. 9, 1988.
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