Joseph Propson, 96, of Kiel, died on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at his residence.

He was born March 17, 1922, in Stockbridge, son of John and Rose (Wettstein) Propson.

On April 30, 1946, he married Bernice Buechel in Stockbridge, and together they had eight children.

Joseph was known for his sense of humor and is remembered as a jokester. He was a kid at heart who usually had mischief in his eyes. As a father he continued his hijinks with his children and grandchildren. At a family gathering he grabbed one of the kid’s bikes and took off while the children chased him on foot. He cut through neighbors’ yards and went through ditches to get away. Eventually he returned to Bernice telling him to stop clowning around and get off that bike. He decided to take off again. On another occasion he took the kids sucker fishing under a bridge using sticks and cane poles to catch the fish. As a car drove over the bridge he got a bite and jerked the fish out of the water right onto the woman’s windshield. He went up and gave her money to get the car washed. In the winters, the whole neighborhood would grab their sleds and head to the Propsons’ house. The children would make a train down the hill where Joseph would meet them with his tractor and take them back up the hill. His jovial personality lasted to his final days - despite his health, he told his family he was going outside to cut grass the day before he passed.

Joseph was very fond of the scenery and wildlife provided outdoors. As a kid he would use old soda boxes to make martin houses and put them on the windmills. His care for wildlife followed him to his family home where he had groups of deer that took turns eating in his yard. He would watch them out the windows while he sat on the couch enjoying an Old Style. Otherwise, he would watch out the door and comment on the cars and farm machinery that passed on the street. He loved the outdoors so much that he even enjoyed mowing his lawn.

Joseph is survived by his children, Linda Forstner, Laura (Jim) Muehlbauer, Lucille (John) Boll, Leroy Propson, Leonard (Eileen) Propson, Mark (Darlene) Propson, Janet (Wayne) Bennin, and Kristi (Russell) Spindler; grandchildren:,Dale (Melissa), Michael, Jennifer, Jill (Philip), Jeff (Kelly), Eric (Dawn), Joe (Amanda), Julie Marie (Eric), Briana, Heidi, Andy, Jodi, Lee, Brian, and Cheryl; great-grandchildren, Joshua (Kati), Brittany, Lucas, Kamilah, Denver, Autumn, Skylar, Adelina, Addison, Greyson, Mya, Jade, Willow, Jacob, Justin, Wyatt, Brooke, Rachel, Trevor, Kendra, Elizabeth, Brandon, Ali, Harmony, and Noah; a brother Andrew; sisters, Rosemary Karls, Dolores Sell, Alice Sabel, and Dorothy Gerner; brothers-in-law, Leo Miller, and Alvin Propson; sisters-in-law, Viola Propson, Doris Propson, Donna Buechel, LaVerne Buechel, Christine (Allen) Halbach, and Veronica Heindrich. Joseph was preceded in death by his wife Bernice; parents, John and Rose; mother and father-in-law, Clement and Margaret Buechel; daughter-in-law Mary Propson; brothers, Leander Propson, Gregor (Rose) Propson, Ervin (Eleanor) Propson, John (Lydia) Propson, Art Propson, and Theodore Propson; sister: Isabella Miller; brothers-in-law, Cyril Karls, Harold Sell, Anthony Sabel, Robert Gerner, Bruno Buechel, Thomas (Eileen) Buechel, George Buechel, Benjamin Buechel, and Paul Heindrich; and sisters-in-law, Virginia Propson, Magdalene (Raymond) Joas, Albertine (Clarence) Kopf, Bernadette (George) Moehn, Monica (Earl) Halbach, and Eveline Propson.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14 at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.,) in Chilton with. Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13 at the funeral home, and again from 9 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home on the day of the service. Entombment will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday at Knollwood Memorial Park in Manitowoc.

Joseph’s family would like to express a special thank you to Affinity Visiting Nurses of Neenah for their excellent hospice care. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

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