Kenneth Alfred Gall, 75


Kenneth Alfred Gall, 75, of Knowlton died from an aortic aneurysm on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Ken was born Sept. 1, 1938, in their Cedarburg home to Herbert G. and Marie A.(nee Poklasny) Gall.

He graduated from Cedarburg High School in 1956. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1956 to 1959. In 1959, he joined the family business, Tri-Par Oil Co. where he worked until he retired in 1985. He moved to Knowlton in 2000, after building a beautiful home on Lake Dubay. He lived there until his death. He was an artist and very creative with no formal training, which was passed down to his kids and grandchildren in one form or another.

While at Tri-Par he not only managed their sales and service store, he also designed the Tri-Par logo, was in charge of painting the company trucks and making up their professional- looking weekly ads.

While he lived in Cedarburg, he enjoyed taking his family and friends out on Lake Michigan fishing. He enjoyed cooking with things from his garden. One year, he made 13 pumpkin pies out of squash. His signature dishes included turkey stuffing, bean soup, dumplings, venison, fish frys, smoked fish, goose salad and a family favorite, liver sausage and oatmeal (from the Depression). And he never needed a recipe. He also loved to woodwork and tinker around with inventing things and remodeling existing furniture to fit his needs. He was a fan of NASCAR racing, the Packers and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his kids. He enjoyed his dogs, Duke, Spud and Hammer, over the years. He loved to argue politics, kept himself busy and always found things to do around his home and yard.

Ken will be deeply missed by his children, Bill of Saukville, Dan of Port Washington, Kerry (Brian) Wilger of Cedarburg, Jeff (Kay) of Hartford, Wendy Kannenberg of Jackson, Tracy of Muskego and Kurt (Jill) of Cedarburg; his grandchildren, Grant Gall, Jesse (Rachel) Gall, Amie (Eric) Engstrom, Nathan Kannenberg, Hannah Gall, Miranda Gall, Brett Kannenberg, Cal Gall and Kolton Gall; and his two great-grandsons, Gavin Lee Gall and Connor Wayne Engstrom, both born this year.

He is survived by his second wife, Kathy; stepsons, Lee and Peter; brothers, Robert Gall of Cedarburg and James (Carol) Gall of Cedarburg; sister-in-law, Becky Gall of Tomahawk, many, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Donald Gall; and sister-in-law, Gladys Gall.

A Mass with military honors will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church South, N44 W6005 Hamilton Road, Cedarburg, at 3 p.m. Family will greet relatives and friends at 2 p.m. A gathering afterward will be announced.

The Helke Funeral Home in Wausau assisted Kathy.