Earl W. Schlenvogt Jr. ‘Schleny’, 69

Earl W. Schlenvogt Jr. “Schleny” of the town of Port Washington passed away unexpectedly in the morning hours of Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at his residence.  He was 69 years of age.

Earl was born in Port Washington on April 1, 1944, son of Earl Schlenvogt and Arlene Jaeger Schlenvogt. On Oct. 29, 1973, he married Bonnie Higgins in Waukegan, Ill. The couple worked a small hobby farm in the town of Port Washington.  Earl also worked as a truck driver for Cedarburg Lumber Co. for 35 years, retiring in 2008. He helped out on the family dairy farm, plowed snow for his good friend, Tom Poull and also drove a dump truck for Dave’s Excavation.

Earl was a member of Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Grafton and the Lake Shore Chapter of Ducks Unlimited.  He enjoyed the Saturday night stock car races in Plymouth, Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Dale Earnhardt, the Back to the 50s Classic Car Show, lemon meringue pies and cherished his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie, of Port Washington; and his two children, Chad (Jenny) Schlenvogt of Port Washington and Carrie (Steve) Schaefer of Fredonia.  He is further survived by his four grandchildren, Alena, Derek, Trent and Anna; his siblings, Alan (Donna) Schlenvogt of Belgium, Gary (Doris) Schlenvogt of Port Washington, Linda Rudd of West Bend and Lee (Pam) Schlenvogt of Port Washington; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death his parents, Earl and Arlene; and his sister, Joanne Schlenvogt.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 25, at noon at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 1621 2nd Ave., Grafton, with Pastor Franz Rigert officiating.  He will be laid to rest at Union Cemetery in Port Washington.

Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to noon.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Knellsville 4-H Club or Pilgrim United Church of Christ.

Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is honored to serve the family.  Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.