Ernest W. Kellar,
May 3, 1927 ó May 28, 2017
Mr. Ernest Kellar, "Pinky," formerly of Waubeka, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton. He was 90 years old.
Ernest was born in Wilton, North Dakota, on May 3, 1927, one of 16 children born to Charles and Louisa Koch Kellar. Pinky grew up in North Dakota, and following his schooling enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Seaman First Class on the USS LaSalle before being discharged in 1946. On May 25, 1947, Ernest was united in marriage with Evelyn Wilkens in Montana. The couple moved to Wisconsin, settled in the Newburg area and started their family, later moving to Waubeka in the early 1950s.
Evelyn preceded him in death in 1991, and Ernest moved to Harbor Club in Port Washington in 2010.
Mr. Kellar had been employed as an X-ray Die repairman at AO Smith. He retired in 1979 and began to embrace his passion for fishing. Pinky loved fishing, whether it was in the Milwaukee River near his home in Waubeka, on the Port Washington pier, at his favorite spot near Castle Rock in the Wisconsin Dells, or in Alaska. He also enjoyed gardening, spending hours tending to his vegetables. Mr. Kellar loved animals, and liked training dogs. He was a generous man and often gave away the sinkers and lures he made to others. Mr. Kellar was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church in Jackson.
Ernest is survived by his children, Donna (fiance Paul Maechtle) Schubert of Port Washington, Myron (Linda) Kellar of Port Washington, Marvin Kellar of Waubeka, Carolyn (William) Johnson of Sheboygan Falls and Yvonne (Gene) Morauski of Oconomowoc, and son-in-law, Tom (the late Janice) Bublitz of Waubeka. He is also survived by nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ted and Dennis Kellar; and two sisters, Zoe McClintock and Elsie Tonga-Ofa, all of North Dakota.
Further survivors include nieces, nephews, other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; daughter, Janice Bublitz; and seven brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Eernisse Funeral Home, 1600 W. Grand Ave. in Port Washington. The Rev. Kenneth Mellon will preside. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Ernest will be laid to rest beside his wife at St. Johnís Cemetery in Newburg, with military honors.
Memorials, if so desired, are suggested to Trinity Lutheran Church, 1268 Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend, 53095.
Online condolences may be left atwww.eernissefuneralhome.com.