FRIENDSHIP — Ernest A. Komatz, 95, of Friendship, passed away Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.

Ernest was born Jan. 14, 1917, in Stone City, Kan., to Matthew and Fannie Kravanya Komatz.

He was employed at Allis Chalmers in West Allis, where he participated in work that was essential to the Manhattan Project. Ernie was then drafted into the United States Army in June 1945, and he served as a surgical technician during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He relocated to Adams County, where he met his future wife, R. Avis Reichoff. They were married on Feb. 2, 1950, in West Allis. Together they raised their family in Quincy.

Ernie worked for Big Joe, Wisconsin Dells; PC Kaiser Construction, Portage; Townsend Co., Friendship; and Anthony Farms, Nekoosa.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching the Milwaukee Brewers and reading (especially his Louis L’Amour books). Ernie loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Ernie is survived by his son, Dennis (Jami) Komatz of Friendship; daughters, Kari Komatz of Friendship and Marlene Schwenn of Portage; daughter-in-law, Lillian York of Elroy; grandchildren, Tyler (Jessica) Komatz of Necedah, Trevor (Corrina) Komatz of Oxford, Tanya (David) Komatz of New Lisbon, Christina (Denton) Helms of Wisconsin Rapids, Melissa Muehlenkamp of Elroy, Dawn York of Beloit and Sondra York of Beloit; great-grandchildren, Jaxon and Ava of Necedah, Skylor, Nate, Taylor and Alexis of Oxford, Hailey of Wisconsin Rapids and Gage, Ethan and John of Elroy; brothers, Matthew Komatz of Ormand Beach, Fla., Joseph (Marilou) Komatz of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Edward (Sue) Komatz of Friendship; and sister, Mary Louise (Marvin) Wallner of Arkdale.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Fannie Komatz; wife, R. Avis Komatz; infant daughter, Mary Komatz; son, Bruce Komatz; stepson, Orville “Butch” York; sisters, Rose Kramer and Ann Buchanan; niece, Judy Wagner; and sister-in-law, Kathleen Komatz.

Funeral services were held Monday at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship. Chaplain Wayne Schwanke officiated. Interment took place at the Quincy Cemetery, town of Quincy, Adams County. Visitation also was held Monday at Roseberry’s Funeral Home. Roseberry’s Funeral Home assisted the family. Visit for online condolences and further information.

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