Pete Patzke, US Army Medic, NWA History Centre

Henry V. (Vennemann) "Pete" Patzke, was a US Army Medic assigned to a variety of transport ships during WWII with over 19 months at sea. He had an Oiler sunk underneath him and was also a litter bearer moving the casualties at Anzio in the tent hospital. He was off Utah Beach at Normandy. He later worked for Northwest Airlines in Flight Operations, the NWA Credit Union, and he founded the NWA History Centre, where he has been President and an active member since its inception.

This project was made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. Administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Pete passed away Octber 20, 2012.
The Obituary Notice for Henry V. Patzke in the St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Pete" Born at his family home in White Bear Lake, MN to Joseph B. and Rosalie (Vennemann) Patzke. Pete grew up in St. Paul, MN attending St. Mark's parish, Nazareth Hall, St. Agnes, and the College of St. Thomas. His education was interrupted by the war where he served as a ship medic bringing him to the Anzio beachhead. After his discharge in 1946, he returned to St. Paul. While waiting to resume his education, he took a position at Northwest Airlines. He remained there for a long career becoming President and Chairman of the Board of Northwest Airlines Federal Credit Union, now Wings Financial, and in 2002 began the NWA History Center. Pete was a long time member of the Mahtomedi Lions, St. Jude of the Lake, and was past mayor of Mahtomedi. He was devastated by the loss of his son Gregory in 1997. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Dolores (Schesel), daughter Liz (Chuck), grandchildren JP (Megan), Sarah (Jake) and Steve. Pete was also blessed with two great-grandchildren Henry and Aurora. Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM at ST. JUDE OF THE LAKE, 700 Mahtomedi Avenue, Mahtomedi. Visitation one hour before Mass. Memorials preferred to NWA History Centre, 8101 34th Avenue S, #100, Bloomington, MN 651-429-6172