George F. Kohlwey

George F. Kohlwey, 87, of Saukville passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 at Cedar Community in West Bend.

George was born in Cedarburg on Oct. 29, 1920 to the late George H. and Anna (nee Behrens) Kohlwey and married Shirley Kegler on April 19, 1947 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg.

George served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1947 and received the Purple Heart.

He also was a long time active member at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton, serving as chairman of St. Paul for five years and elder for six years, was president of the Fellowship Club for many years, served on the board for youth ministry and visited members through the Evangelism program.

He was also president of AAL Branch 229 for 28 years.

George was also a member of Saukville American Legion Post 470, Disabled American Vets, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Farm Bureau.

George farmed most of his life and worked as a welder at Grob in Grafton.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Saukville; children, Judy (Wayne) Wolff of Grafton, Daniel (Carol) of Grafton, Doug (Betty) of Adell, Debra (Leon) Herther of West Bend and Cynthia (Robert) Roden of West Bend; a brother, Ruben (Evelyn); three sisters, Anita Eulert, Florence (Gerald) Rathke and Renata (Kenneth) Rappold; and a sister-in-law, Lillian Kohlwey.

He is further survived by 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Walter and Benoit; and his sisters, Georgiana Rettmann, Esther Koeller and Eleonora Dobberfuhl.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Washington St., Grafton.

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to the church appreciated.

Mueller Funeral Home in Grafton assisted the family with arrangements.

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The family would like you to remember George for his Christianity, friendliness, and great sense of humor.

They also would like to thank Dr. Maul, Dr. Krco, Dr. Gauthier, Dr. O’Reilly, Dr. Mian and Cedar Community for all of their loving hands.