Kirk Patrick Schleife, 75, of Superior and formerly of Trego, died on Thursday, July 4, 2019, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth due to complications from cancer treatments.
He was born on March 16, 1944, in Milwaukee son of Melvin and Jesse (Kirkpatrick) Schleife.
Kirk was a 1962 graduate of Tomahawk High School and earned his teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Superior. His work history included teaching, school principal, conductor on the Chicago and North Western Railroad, and, finally, teaching adult education at the Gordon Correctional Facility.
He was deeply in love with his wife, Katie, and they would have celebrated 35 years together on December 4, 2019.
Kirk was passionate about his hobbies as he explored each in turn: deer hunting, ice fishing, salmon fishing in the Great Lakes, high-power rifle shooting throughout the Midwest, and, finally, photography. He was a member of Northern Lights Photography Club and Frozen Photographers and found great joy in sharing his passion.
“He will be remembered for his positivity and pushing the limits just far enough to make everyone around him a little nervous,” his family said.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine “Katie” (Gotelaere); son, David (Amanda) Blade, of Katy, Texas; daughter, Kerry K. (Matt) Maki, of Superior; granddaughters, Marissa, Vera, and Ada; grandson, Luke; and many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
The service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, at Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N. 19th Str., Superior. Reverend Fr. Adam Laski will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
Following the service, everyone is invited to a luncheon at the Belgian Club, 3931 E. 2nd St., Superior.