Eake, Earl W.
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Earl W. Eake, age 92, of Shawano WI, died Friday, February 21, 2014, at Shawano Medical Center in Shawano, WI.
He was born June 17, 1921, in Neenah to the late Leonard and Linda (Mueller) Eake.
Earl served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy Earl married Mabel Louise Hoffman March 31, 1942 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Neenah, WI. Together they moved briefly to Appleton Wisconsin and then to Neenah where Earl and Mabel farmed their 180-acre homestead located directly south of the Breezewood Lane & Tullar Road intersection. In 1954 Earl sold the farm and purchased a Feed Mill at the corner of 5th Ave. & Minnesota Street, to be known as Eake Milling Co. and moved the family to Oshkosh.
After selling the mill property to The Morgan Door Co. Earl went on to work at U.S. Motors for more than 20 years as a welder. A skill he learned in the military. Always an entrepreneurial free spirit at heart, Earl started his own carpet and flooring sales and installation business that he operated until his retirement.
Shortly after his retirement Mabel passed away. Earl then moved to the Shawano Wisconsin. Next he met his new Partner for the rest of his life, Cecelia Anderson. Earl and Cecelia enjoyed their years together caring for the many dogs and cats that seemed to find their way to them for food and shelter.
Earl enjoyed many outdoor activities, especially deer hunting.
Surviving Earl are his children, Sherrianne Airola and Gary Eake (Jo Sawicki) both of Oshkosh, one brother Eugene (Joan) Eake, of Neenah; three sisters, Marion (Howard, Jr.) Larson, of Kaukauna; Carol Eake, of Chicago; Gloria Wollersheim, of Neenah; brothers-in-law, John Quella, of North Carolina; plus several grandchildren and great-granchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
Along with his parents, Earl was also preceded in death by his wife, Mabel; four sisters, Dolores, Lucille, Phyllis, and Janet; and two brothers, Orvin and Kenneth.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday March 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ebenezer United Church of Christ, C4120 County Road M (NE corner of Hwy 153 & Cty M), Stratford, Wisconsin with a luncheon for family and friends to immediately follow until 3:30 p.m. There will be no graveside service but Earl will be laid to rest in the Ebenezer United Church of Christ Cemetery.
Sunday March 2, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. an additional Memorial Gathering for family and friends will be held at Robbins Restaurant, 1810 Omro Rd., Oshkosh, WI.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the Shawano County Humane Society, 1290 Jaycee Ct. Shawano, WI 54166.
Cecelia and Earl's family offers many thanks to the staff of ResCare Home Care Services, Birch Hill Nursing Home and Shawano Medical Center for the professional and caring services they provided Earl during his times of need.
Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com
Sauter/Rembs Funeral Home
901 South Weber Avenue
Stratford, WI 54484
Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on Feb. 24, 2014