Paul ‘Ben’ Abplanalp

Nov. 27, 1928 - June 28, 2011

Paul "Ben" Abplanalp of Waukesha died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital at the age of 82. He was born in Waukesha on Nov. 27, 1928, the son of Paul and Josephine (nee Kowalski) Abplanalp Sr.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1946 until 1947 aboard the USS Herbert J. Thomas. On Aug. 28, 1948, he married Jean Emley. Ben worked for International Harvester for many years, working in Milwaukee, Louisville, Ky., Indianapolis and then in Waukesha, retiring in 1985. He was an honorable Kentucky Colonel and a member of the Tin Can Sailors.

He will be deeply missed by his loving wife of almost 63 years, Jean of Waukesha; his children, Sue (Steve) Sheridan of Fort Worth, Texas, Linda (Timothy) Engels of Bradley, Ill., and David (Sherry) Abplanalp of Waukesha; his daughter-in-law, Sandra Abplanalp of Reddington Shores, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Andrew (Kris) Abplanalp of Waukesha, Matthew Abplanalp of Madison, Carolee Beaster of Hartland, Amy (Leon) Hernandez of Waukesha, Erin Engels (Jacob Borgerson) of Houston, Joseph Engels of Chicago, Lauren Abplanalp of Waukesha and Jaclyn Abplanalp of Waukesha; and six great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his brothers and sisters, Barbara Thompson of Waukesha, William (Peggy) Abplanalp of Waukesha, Sally (Dennis) Feryan of Oshkosh and Richard (Barbara) Abplanalp of Waukesha, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his son Donald in 2005, sister Nancy and his parents.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Saturday, July 2, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Burial with full military honors will immediately follow the funeral service at Highland Memorial Park in New Berlin.

Memorials are appreciated to the family.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.