George M. Muehlbauer, 88

George M. Muehlbauer, 88, of West Bend, passed away Friday June 27, 2008 at Aurora Medical Center in Hartford.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1919 to George and Emma (nee Gonring) in Milwaukee where he was raised and graduated from Washington High School.

He entered the US Army during WWII and became a POW in Poland, where he later escaped. Upon returning to Milwaukee, he met and married Evelyn M. Schilhansl on June 28, 1947 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Wauwatosa. They remained married for more than 57 years.

George joined the Milwaukee Police Department, and later retired as a lieutenant. Also during this time, he continued his military career in the Army Reserves and retired as a major.

George and Evelyn retired to Big Cedar Lake in the 70s where he was active in the Slinger/ Allenton Rotary Club and the Retired Milwaukee Police Super-visors Association.

He will always be remembered as the owner and operator of the Little Switz Ski Shop and a patrol officer for the Big Cedar Lake Patrol.

Evelyn preceded in him death on May 5, 2004.

He is survived by his children, Ruth Marks, Jim and Don (Kathy), all of West Bend. He will be missed by his loving grandchildren, Dr. Greg Marks; Deborah (fiancÚ Barrett Irwin) Muehl-bauer; Sarah, Michael and Robert Muehlbauer; Kirstin (Steven) Nackers, Ashley (fiancÚ Kyle Kumbier) Muehlbauer; and Matthew Muehlbauer. Also survived by other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2008 at St. Lawrence Catho-lic Church with the Rev. Joseph Dominic officiating.

Interment will take place with full military honors in St. Lawrence Cemetery following the Mass.

Visitation will be on Saturday, July 5 at the church only from 9am until the time of mass. The family would like to thank Dr. Muhammed Mian, and the nurses and staff at Aurora Medical Center in Hartford for their special care for George.

Phillip Funeral Home and Paradise Cremation Services is serving the family.