Earl Oelhafen

Earl I. Oelhafen of Cedar Grove passed away surrounded by his loving family in the evening hours of Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Sunny Ridge Nursing Home in Sheboygan.  He was 85 years old.

Earl was born in West Bend on Dec. 17, 1933, the son of Norman Oelhafen and Alma (nee Rader) Oelhafen.  

Earl grew up in West Bend and graduated from West Bend High School with the Class of 1951.  

Earl enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1955 and was a proud Korean War veteran.  

On Aug. 27, 1955, he married Theresa Bittner at St. Mary Parish in Lake Church.  

In 1961, the couple purchased their dairy farm in Cedar Grove and farmed until Earl retired in 1996.  

Earl was a member of St. Mary Parish in Lake Church (Divine Savior Parish).

He enjoyed bowling and going to McDonald’s in Sheboygan to see his friends every day.  

Earl faithfully visited his wife Theresa twice a day at Sheboygan Senior Community.  

Earl is survived by his five children Suzanne (Randy) Parker, Ronald (Christine) Oelhafen, Steven (Lori) Oelhafen, David (special friend Brenda) Oelhafen and Brian Oelhafen.  

He is further survived by 13 grandchildren: Joshua (Kara), Jessica (Adam), Alexandria, Rachel (fiancé Thomas), Matthew, Joseph, Jacob, Kayla, Krysta, Amanda, Angela, Jordan and Brayden; six great-grandchildren, his brother Jim (Marian) Oelhafen; three sisters, Beverly (Joseph) Hetzel, Kathleen (George) Addie and Audrey (Al) Weiland; brother-in-law Jim (the late Marion) Bartelt; sister-in-law Ginny (the late Wilbert) Bittner; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Mark, son-in-law Mark Buser, an infant son, his sister Mildred (the late Jerome) Vogt and numerous brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.   

A memorial service was celebrated on Monday, July 29, at 1 p.m. at Eernisse Funeral Home, 171 N. Royal Ave., Belgium. Father Gideon Buya presided over the service.  

Earl was laid to rest with military honors at St. Mary Parish Cemetery in Lake Church. 

Eernisse Funeral Home, Belgium, is honored to serve the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.

 

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