Leroy E. Kertscher, 98

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, June 27, 2010, at 6 p.m. at St. Peterís United Church of Christ, Saukville, for Leroy E. Kertscher, 98, of Saukville, who died on June 21, 2010, at Samaritan Home of West Bend.  Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.  Interment will be at Union Cemetery in Saukville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Peterís United Church of Christ appreciated.

For online condolences, please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com. Mueller Funeral Home of Grafton is assisting the family.

Leroy was born in Newburg on March 25, 1912, the son of Fred and Alma (nee Bretschneider) Kertscher.  Leroy was united in marriage to Ruth H. (nee Helm) on June 9, 1937, at St. Peterís United Church of Christ. Leroy worked for Kwik Mix Co. in Port Washington for 40 years and had been retired for 34 years.

Leroy was  a charter member of the Kwik Mix Co. formerly known as Trak International Ė Quarter Century Club.  He was still attending their annual banquet up until 2006. On Aug. 12, 2002, he was honored at the annual banquet as a 50-year veteran. He was a member of the Grand Lodge 1430 International Association of Machinist and Aerospace workers for 58 years, a former 28-year member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Saukville, was a member of St. Peterís United Church of Christ since 1921 where he was also a member of the Brotherhood, member of the Volunteer Fire Department of Saukville for 26 years, a Saukville village trustee for six years, and was Saukville weed commissioner.

Leroy  played accordion and drums for a polka band for 46 years, grew fruit trees and grapes to make his own wine for 41 years, raised red worms for fishing and trapped muskrats and mink along the Milwaukee River.  He also enjoyed woodworking in his basement, where he handcrafted 225 wood clocks.

Leroy is survived by his children,  Jim (Barbara) of Cedarburg, Ronald (Anne) of Saukville and Nancy (Mark) Gierach of West Bend; 13 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Wilmer Helm; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Leroy was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his parents; a great-grandson, Jesse; brother, Ruben; and sisters, Lorraine and Esther.