George F. Kohlwey

George F. Kohlwey of Saukville passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 28, 2008 at Cedar Community in West Bend, at the age of 87. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 2 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 701 Washington St. in Grafton. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will take place at the church cemetery. Mueller Funeral Home in Grafton assisted the family with arrangements.

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

George served in the U.S. Army from 1942-47 and was awarded a Purple Heart. He also was a longtime active member at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton serving as chairman of St. Paul for five years, elder for six years and president of the Fellowship Club for many years. He also served on the board for youth ministry and visited members through the evangelism program. George was president of AAL Branch 229 for 28 years. He was a member of Saukville 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.

George is survived by his wife Shirley of Saukville; his 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; his brother Ruben (Evelyn); his sisters Anita Eulert, Florence (Gerald) Rathke and Renata (Kenneth) Rappold; and his sister-in-law Lillian Kohlwey. He is further survived by 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, three step- great-grandchildren, many other relatives and friends.

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

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. Memorials to the church are appreciated. For online condolences, please visit