Cyril J. Backes, 93, of Green Bay, passed away Friday, June 10, 2022, peacefully at his home. Friends and peers describe the longtime UW-Green Bay administrator as a “warm and wonderful man. One of the very best.” Backes served as an administrator at the UW-Madison for a decade. In 1968 he was chosen by UW-Green Bay’s Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner to be head of the Business Services Department and Physical Plant, where he helped to build and develop the four-year UW-Green Bay campus at its present site.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to stjude.org or your favorite charity. Visitation for ‘Zeke’ to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022, from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church (333 Hilltop Dr. Green Bay) with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Father Robert Karuhn officiating. Military Honors will follow, entombment will be at Allouez Catholic Mausoleum, Allouez. Cotter Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family.