Theodore “Ted, Tater” Kahlow, 86, Fox Lake, formerly of Mayville, passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side on June 27, 2019.
A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam. A Celebration of Life will begin at 1:00 p.m. with Deacon Willis Heideman officiating. Military Honors, conducted by the Mayville American Legion Post #69, will follow.
He was born on October 12, 1932, to Arthur and Magdalene “Helen” (Gruenes) Kahlow in Mayville. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and Mayville High School, where he graduated in 1951. He enlisted in the Air Force and served four years, earning the rank of Airman First Class. He was a communication radio operator during the Korean War, intercepting Russian and Chinese Morse code.
In his younger years, Ted enjoyed tending bar at his dad’s bar, Art and Martins, in Mayville and Riverview Inn in Kekoskee. He was a supervisor in shipping/receiving/assembly at Mayville Metal, and after 31 years, retired in 1991. He was a member of the Mayville American Legion Post 69, for 48 years. He served on the Mayville Park Board and was a Babe Ruth Coach. He loved sports and could be seen or heard at the Mayville football and basketball games. Ted was a diehard Bears and Cubs fan and enjoyed watching the Cubs finally win the World Series after a 100 year drought.
In 1987, Ted and Pat moved to Fox Lake, where he made many new friends and enjoyed giving his grandchildren rides on the pontoon. Ted enjoyed spending time with his family and good friends, volunteering for the American Legion, brat fry’s, bowling, golfing, deer hunting Up North, fishing on Fox Lake, gardening and sharing produce with others. He loved all animals (God’s little creatures) and loved feeding the birds and the squirrels. After retiring, he spent many years exercising at the Sports and Fitness Center at Beaver Dam Hospital, and he volunteered as a driver for the Dodge County transportation.
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He married Patricia “Pat” Goetsch on January 31, 1959 and together they raised six wonderful children and 14 grandchildren, Michael (Diane Odeen) River Falls, Wis., and their children Andrea and Emily Kahlow; Christine Kahlow La Crosse, Wis., and her children Evan Kahlow and Anna Kivi; Tom Kahlow, Shawano, Wis., and his children Laura (Logan) Bringmann, Stephen (Talia) Kahlow, Joseph Kahlow; Sandy (Tom) Scola, Lodi, Wis., and their children Alexandra and Dominic Scola; John (Beth) Kahlow, Carmel, Indiana and their children Brett, Jenna and Bridget Kahlow; and Daniel (Vicki) Kahlow, Fond du Lac, Wis., and their children Elizabeth Kahlow and Alex B. He is further survived by brothers David (Terri) Sorgent and Bob (Sue) Sorgent, sister Diana “Dolly” Lunde, Aunt Gertie Kahlow, sister-in-law Gerry Kahlow, and brothers-in-law, Elmer, Albert, Robert, Richard Goestch, sister Wilma (David) Lee, and cousins and many good friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, step mother Myrtle, step father Tom Manchester, brother Edgar “Zark” Kahlow, brother Jim and sister-in-law Judy Manchester, sisters-in-law Phyllis, Frieda and Carolyn Goetsch, brother-in-law Marce Thoma.
A special thank you to the wonderful hospice nurses, especially Patty, Laura and Megan. Donations can be made to Hillside Hospice of Beaver Dam or your favorite charity.
The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Beaver Dam is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.koepsellfh.com.