PLATTEVILLE—Orville F. Goke, age 89, of Platteville, died on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Southwest Health Center, Platteville.

A Celebration of Life will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, at the LUTHERAN CHURCH OF PEACE in Platteville, where military rites will be accorded by VFW Post No. 5274 and American Legion No. 42. The Rev. Jeff Pedersen will officiate. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Platteville. Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday.

The Melby Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, is serving the family. Memorials may be made to the Orville F. Goke Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be made at

Orville was born on Feb. 24, 1928, on the home farm in Platteville, the son of Orville Sr. and Helen (Rottiger) Goke. He graduated from Platteville High School in 1946 and UW-Platteville in 1957. Orville then went on to work for Stacee Milling in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. After working for the milling company he attended UW-Madison where he received his master’s degree. From there Orville went to work for Northeastern Illinois University until retiring in 1969. After retirement he worked for the Wisconsin barge lines and enjoyed going out west on several occasions to work the wheat harvest, which he did for four years and made many friends through those trips. Orville lived life to the fullest and enjoyed his trailer at Lake Joy and his wonderful nieces and nephews.

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Orville is survived by two sisters-in-law, Janice (Eugene) Digman and Debra Goke; nieces and nephews, Mike (Brenda) Denn, Cindy (Jim) Reiter, Candy (Mark) Hilt, John (Kathy) Clark, Brian (Laura) Johnson, Kathy Fairchild, Erica Meek, and Ashley Meek; and many cousins, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dale and Richard Goke; two sisters, Cleo (Walter) Johnson and Carol (Kenneth) Denn; and niece, Mary (John) Baxter.

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