Joseph Frank Preloznik passed away on Labor Day at the age of 92 in Wildwood, Florida. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on 4th and Washington and always had a deep love for Milwaukee and his Slovenian heritage. A US Navy veteran, Joe served honorably in WWII in the Pacific campaign as a Navy Pharmacist 1st Mate. He worked at Allen Bradley in Milwaukee for many years after the war and became involved in Union activities and contract negotiations and ran for Alderman in Milwaukee. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee he completed a law degree from the UW – Madison. He was the first Director of the Wisconsin Judicare program providing legal assistance for Wisconsin residents in need. A fearless attorney, Joe worked tirelessly to support the Native American Tribes throughout the nation and fought to regain the tribal status of the Menomonie Tribe. He created the Indian Community School and he was instrumental in creating the Potawatomi Hotel and Casino all in Milwaukee. Later, Joe formed his own law firm and helped many developer friends build office and apartment complexes and condos throughout the country that are still enjoyed by families today. He built homes in Oak Creek and Madison and loved German Shepherd’s. He loved riding bicycles as a child, riding motorcycles as a young man, golfing, playing the guitar and harmonica, cooking Slovenian Potica and apple strudel and gardening, but sailing his boat on the ocean with his wife Marti was his passion.
Most of all, he had a constant devotion and love for his family which he cherished above everything else. He dedicated his life to providing for them, putting their needs above everything else. Joe (a.ka. “Ata”) is survived by his loving wife Marti and their children Lori, Joe, Jeff, Russ and Doug, son in law Jon, daughter in laws Keisha and Holli, grandchildren Adam, Rachel, Devin, Blane, Ariel, Dietrich, Galilee, Tula, Sabre and Atlantis, mother in law Olive Routson and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded by his loving parents Frank and Anna (Hren) Preloznik and sister Ann Konzel. His family will sincerely miss his cheerful hellos, discussions on current affairs, singing songs, games of “Five Crowns” and having a Scotch together in his “garden of Eden” Florida sun room. We love you “Ata”.