Longtime village trustee Pfeifer dies

Official was known for being easygoing, his sense of humor and for listening to both sides on issues
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

A lifelong Belgium resident who served on the Village Board three different times has died.

Dale Pfeifer, 64, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 9.

He served on the Village Board from 2006 to 2009, 2015 to 2019 and was just elected to his third stint and was sworn in on April 19.

Pfeifer is being remembered as an easygoing guy who made people laugh.

Annie Noster, who graduated with Pfeifer from Cedar Grove-Belgium High School in 1976, knew him well and knew his nickname.

“I personally called him Dale but everybody called him ‘Fife,’” she said.

She said he was quickly able to fill a room with laughter.

“When you walked in he always had a one-liner,” she said.

Noster described Pfeifer as “happy go lucky” and said he had a unique laugh.

He was an avid sports fan and used to go to the Milwaukee Brewers’ opening day game every year with about 20 friends. Recently, the group stopped going to the game but got together at someone’s house and later a bar.

“Forty years they did that,” she said.

About five weeks ago, those friends got to see Pfeifer at least one last time.

“The fortunate thing was they did that again this year like they always did it,” Noster said. “Having those traditions is just a blessing in disguise.”

It was in high school that Pfeifer started his service to the community. He and a friend were advocates to have Belgium added to the name of the Cedar Grove School District. The change was made, and the district has been known as Cedar Grove-Belgium ever since.

Pfeifer attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and later worked for Simplicity Manufacturing. He recently retired from Oshkosh Corp., which was formerly known as Oshkosh Truck.

His work schedule sometimes conflicted with Village Board meetings, which caused him not to seek re-election twice. After retiring, he had more time to commit to being a trustee and prided himself on seeing both sides of issues.

“I was always that middle guy in the road who could listen to both sides of the story. I get along real good with people. I’m willing to listen. I always said that was my strong suit,” Pfeifer said when he was one of four people seeking three trustee spots in the April 5 general election.

That’s one thing former trustee Josh Borden, who served with Pfeifer for a couple of years, remembers.

“He always made sense. He listened to everybody’s side before he made a decision,” Borden said.

Pfeifer was a longtime friend of Borden’s parents.

“He was kind of the life of the party when you saw him around. He always made sure to ask you how you were doing, real personable,” Borden said. “He’s a great guy. It’s a big loss for the village.”

Former trustee and Village President Vickie Boehnlein, now the village treasurer, also has good memories of working with Pfeifer.

“I was privileged to serve with Dale on the Village Board from 2015 to 2018. I was happy to see him return to the board with his election in April and am very sad to hear of his passing,” she said.

Trustee Rose Sauers said she didn’t know Pfeifer as well as some of the others, “but what I do recall about him is he was so easygoing. He had a good sense of humor about him. He was absolutely unflappable. I think of him fondly.”

Pfeifer is survived by his wife Laurie, among other family members.

He is the second trustee since last fall to die while serving. Clem Gottsacker died on Aug. 29. He had been a trustee since 2003 and was also known for being easygoing and personable.

The Pfeifer family will receive guests from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, at Eernisse Funeral Home in Belgium.

See Pfeifer’s full obituary on page 13B.

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