Gordon E. Kealiher, 87


Gordon E. Kealiher, 87, of Slinger, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, from complications of pneumonia.

Gordon was born on Dec. 28, 1923, in York, Neb., to Moses and Mabel (nee Graves) Kealiher. He was a 1941 graduate of Polk High School. He married LeVerne L. Samuelson on May 26, 1946, in Swede Home, Neb. After their marriage, they moved to Stevens Point, Milwaukee, Germantown and Slinger, where they raised their family. He worked for Outboard Marine for 31 years, retiring in 1986. After retirement, he stayed active in his large yard where he tended to his gardens and the many wildlife and birds who visited it. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoyed it all and visited regularly.

Gordon is survived and will be dearly missed by his children, Larry (Beth Anne) of West Bend, Debra (Robert) Suski of Erin, Rhonda (Jeffrey) Bagley of Jackson and Connie (Richard) Jorgensen of Colgate; grandchildren, Jeremy (Marie) Kealiher, Victoria Kealiher, Timothy (Courtney) Johnson, Scott Jorgensen and Laurie (fiancé, Aaron McCormick) Jorgensen; and nine great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister Vivian of Washington; two brothers, Noel of Nebraska and Gail of Colorado; as well as many other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.

Gordon is preceded in death by his wife, LeVerne; his parents; other relatives and many friends.

A funeral service for Gordon will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27, at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel, 1420 W. Paradise Dr., West Bend. Visitation will be at the funeral home only on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 5 p.m. until time of service. Interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park. Memorials are appreciated to the Nature Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203-1606; or the World Wildlife Federation; or the World Wildlife Fund, 1250 Twenty-Fourth St. N.W., P.O. Box 97180, Washington, D.C. 20090-7180.

The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. www.phillipfuneralhome.com.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Bob Schellinger for his compassionate care over the years. They also wish to thank the ICU staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for their tenderness and care during the last weeks of Gordon’s life.