Kenneth A. Gall, 75


Kenneth A. Gall, 75, of Knowlton, formerly from Cedarburg, passed away 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 1956-59. 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 creative and an artist with no formal training. While at Tri-Par, he not only managed the sales and service store, he also designed the Tri-Par logo, was in charge of painting the company trucks, and making up their professionally looking weekly ads.

While he lived in Cedarburg, he enjoyed taking his family and friends out on Lake Michigan fishing on his boat, the “Sea Gall.” 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 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 and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his kids. He always kept himself busy and found things to do.

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 of 25 years, Kathy; stepsons, Lee and Peter; brothers, Robert Gall of Cedarburg, James (Carol) Gall of Cedarburg, sister-inlaw, Becky Gall of Tomahawk, first wife of 28 years, Nancy of Sturgeon Bay, and many nieces and nephews, other relatives, friends and neighbors. 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 Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church South, N44 W6005 Hamilton Road in Cedarburg at 3 p.m. Family will greet relatives and friends at 2 p.m. A gathering afterwards will be announced.

The Helke Funeral Home in Wausau assisted Kathy.