John W. Abts, 69

Mr. John W. Abts of Saukville, formerly of Grafton and Milwaukee, passed away Saturday morning, Nov. 13, 2010, at his home. He was 69 years old.
John was born Oct. 16, 1941, in Milwaukee, the son of Arthur Abts and Ruth Winkenwerder Landt. He proudly served his country in the National Guard and the U.S. Army. On Oct. 12, 1963, he was united in marriage with LeAnn Ehlert in Thiensville. John worked for over 37 years as a purchasing manager at Telsmith and Paper Machinery Corp., both in Milwaukee. He retired from PMC in 2000.

John was a member of Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Grafton, and the Certified Purchasing Managers Association. He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family. John is survived by his wife, LeAnn, of Saukville and their three children, Lisa (Mark) Kopplin of West Allis, Jeff (Dawn) of Fredonia and Jason (Randi) of Hartland. He is further survived by six grandchildren, Anthony, Hannah, Zachary, Jordon, Andrew and Ryan; one brother, Thomas (Sally) Abts of Celebration, Fla.; mother-in-law, Dorothy Ehlert of Cedarburg; sister-in-law, Susan (Thomas) Mayer of Mequon; brothers-in-law, Ronald (Shirley) Ehlert of Bellview and Joel (Miriam) Ehlert of Frankenmuth, Mich.; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1332 Arrowhead Road, Grafton. Pastor Mark Wagner will officiate. John will be laid to rest at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grafton. The family will receive visitors at the church on Friday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested.

Eernisse Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at