Eugene C. Karnitz, 74
June 19, 1941 — Oct. 13, 2015

Eugene C. “Karny” Karnitz, of Port Washington, passed away in the morning hours of Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha. He was 74 years old.

Gene was born in Belgium on June 19, 1941, the youngest child of Frederick Karnitz and Viola Johnson Karnitz. He grew up in the Belgium area and attended high school in Port Washington, graduating with the class of 1959. Gene worked as a welder and shop foreman for Modern Equipment in Port Washington for many years. He loved playing golf, attending his grandchildren’s school functions, woodworking and was a huge fan of all the Wisconsin sports teams, especially the Milwaukee Brewers. Gene loved being the “unofficial” greeter at Wal-Mart in Saukville where he enjoyed talking to everyone he met.

He is survived by his three children, Chris (Mary) Karnitz of Port Washington, Stacey (Tim) Ross of Mount Pleasant and Debbie Karnitz of Port Washington. Gene is further survived by nine grandchildren, Megan and Cameron Karnitz, Shawn (Kara) Ross, Aaron (Ashannti) Ross, Jacob, Abbey and Adam Ross, Collin Schumacher and Ella Rosenthal; two great-grandchildren, Penelope and Adalynn Ross; one sister-in-law, Marcella Karnitz of West Bend; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Doris (the late Harvey) Krueger; and two brothers, Robert (the late Gerry) Karnitz and Darryl Karnitz.

A memorial service celebrating Gene’s life will be held 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Eernisse Funeral Home (1600 W. Grand Ave., Port Washington). The Rev. Don Drollinger will preside. Visitation will take place at the funeral home 4-6 p.m. Oct. 17. In lieu of flowers, memorials suggested.

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