Dale Norbert Ellenbecker,
Dale Ellenbecker, 71, died peacefully at his home in Grafton on Aug. 7, 2016.
U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran; jeweler and certified master watchmaker. He owned and operated Ellenbecker Jewelers in Capitol Court (Milwaukee), Whitefish Bay, Manchester Mall (Grafton) and the Playboy Club (Atlantic City) for over 50 years. He was the beloved husband for 31 years of Kathy (nee Klumb); fun-loving and proud father of John, Julie (Tom Lipsky), Jeffrey (Stephanie), Nicholas and Harrison; entertaining 'Grumpy Big Dog' of Taelor, Autumn, Joseph, Amelia, Savanna, Jayden and Siana; best friend and big brother of Mark (the late Dana); preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Empie (nee Kangus) Ellenbecker.
Much appreciation for the endless care, compassion and patience of Daleís medical team at the Milwaukee VA Hospital, especially his favorite fifth-floor nurses. When you're in the area, stop by Daleís favorite watering hole and toast a beer or roll the dice with his best friends at Johnís Pizzaria in Grafton.
Memorial service Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016, at 4 p.m. with visitation from 2 p.m. until time of service at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 1621 Second Ave., Grafton. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are being collected for a special donation in Dale's favorite place to spend time with his family, camping in Door County.