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Roland "Junior" Earl Zerneke, Jr.

August 23, 1945 — December 7, 2022



Roland Zerneke, Jr., 77. Our beloved Husband and Father passed away on December 7, 2022, in Wausau. 

Junior was born on August 23, 1945, in Wausau, Wisconsin to the late Roland and Margaret (Brummond) Zerneke. In 1970, he took over his father's business for 32 years until ill health forced his retirement, Westside Battery and Electric. His brother Billy later joined in the business. He was longtime member of Westside Businessman's Associations. He met the love of his life, Antoinette "Peggy" Loos in 1967. They were united in marriage on May 17, 1969, and shared 53 years together. 

Junior enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, golfing, bowling, going to family cottage up north, and watching his son Mark's stock car racing. 

He is survived by his wife Peggy, his sons, Roland III, Robb, and Mark, grandchildren, Alice, Megan, Matthew, and Braden, siblings, Bill (Beth) and Karen (Leif) Nestingen, and many nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

He is preceded in death by nurturing mother Clara, sisters Marilyn (Roy), Joyce ( Tom), and Ellen (Virgil). 

A private service will be held for the family. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. To leave condolences and memories for the family, please visit, 

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