Ira N. Oelhafen, 75

Ira N. Oelhafen, 75, passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at his residence in the town of West Bend.

He was born on Oct. 25, 1937, in West Bend to the late Ira A. and Norma (nee Kurtz) Oelhafen. Ira graduated from West Bend High School in the class of 1955 and went on to serve his country honorably in the U.S. Air Force until 1959. On Aug. 30, 1958, Ira was united in marriage to Neatrice Ardoin at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Alexandria, La. Neatrice preceded him in death on October 27, 1989. On June 21, 1991, Ira married Joy Fontenot at St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church in West Bend.

He worked for West Bend Equipment Company as an Industrial Electrician and later taught Industrial Electricity at MPTC.

Ira was a life-long member of St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church in West Bend. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and wintering in Louisiana. He sold strawberries at his home from 1970-1986.

Ira is survived by his wife, Joy Oelhafen of West Bend; two sons, Bryan (Tiffany) Oelhafen of Sussex and Steven (Joan) Oelhafen of Allenton; his step-son, Gralyn Ocea of Kenner, La.; five grandchildren, Jenna, Ashley, Kaila, Krista, and Kaitlyn Oelhafen; two step grandchildren, Lesa and Jake Povletich; two sisters, June (John) Schuppel of Wales and Norrita (Gerald) Thorne of Kohler; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services in remembrance of Ira will be held on Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m., at St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church, 809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend. The Rev. David Kellerman will officiate. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Cremation will follow at Myrhum Ė Patten Funeral & Cremation Service and inurnment of Iraís cremated remains will take place on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in Washington County Memorial Park, West Bend.

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The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Compassionate Care Hospice.