Earl A. Boehlke

Earl A. Boehlke, 85, of Random Lake, was born to eternal life on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006 at St. Luke’s Medical Center of Mil-waukee, surrounded by his loving family.

Earl was born to Erich and Elsie (nee Baerenwald) Boehlke on Jan. 29, 1921, in West De Pere.

He spent part of his childhood there, and then moved in 1927 to Freistadt.

Erich, Earl’s father, took care of Trinity Freistadt Lutheran Church and School, which included grounds care, building maintenance and ringing the bells.

Earl, his brother, Ernst, and his twin sister, Ruth, all gave a helping hand to their father at Trinity Freistadt Church and School.

Earl attended and graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School in 1939.

Several years after graduation, he met and married Loraine E. Klug on Aug. 28, 1943 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt.

The couple remained in Freistadt for several months, until they moved to Random Lake, where they settled and began a loving family of their own and operated a farm.

Earl also continued working with his father and his brother at Boehlke Hardware of Mequon. The business expanded to include a complete line of plumbing, heating, water system installations and propane bottled gas service.

In 1954, Earl and Ernst Boehlke and Gerhard Wetzel erected a propane gas plant three miles east of Jackson.

Along with Boehlke Bottled Gas Co., they continued to work the hardware store, and Earl was a licensed master plumber.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt, where he served as an elder.

Earl was a past member of the Mequon Rotary, Mequon Contrac-tors Association, the American Angus Association and the Milwaukee Farmers Club.

He was a supporter of the Ozaukee County 4-H organizations.

Throughout his life, Earl held a passion and appreciation for nature, trees, farming and quality cattle and horses, all of which he passed on to his children and grandchildren.

Earl is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Loraine; his cherished children, Beverly (Ron) Depies of Adell, Judith (E. Miche) Priaulx of Cedarburg, Robert (Dawn) Boehlke of Random Lake, Roger (Carol) Boehlke of Germantown, Linda (Rolf) Sommer of Random Lake, Royal (Linda) Boehlke of Random Lake, and Cynthia (Jay) Johnson of Indianola, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his twin sister, Ruth (Rev. Gerhard) Dobberfuhl of Woodland, Texas; and siblings-in-law on Loraine’s side, Elvera Buch of Tomah, Norma Schoessow of Fredricks-burg, Texas, Marion Frenz of Cedarburg and Franklin (Evelyn) Klug of Random Lake.

He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other very special relatives and dear friends.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; his brother and sister-in-law, Ernst (Esther) Boehlke; two grandchildren, Andrew and Jerilyn Boehlke; and several siblings-in-law on Loraine’s side.

A funeral service to honor the life of Earl will be held on Friday, Sept. 1, at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt, 10729 W. Freistadt Road N120, Mequon, with Pastor Robert Johnson officiating.

Interment will take place in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.

Visitation with family and friends will be held at the Phillip Funeral Home, Chapel, West bend, on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m., with a continued visitation on Friday from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church.

The family has requested that memorials are offered in honor of Earl to either Trinity Lutheran Freistadt Church Historical Society or the Jerilyn Boehlke Scholarship Fund.