Obituary: Earl W. Hellmann

Aug. 2, 1926 – April 11, 2019 

Earl W. Hellmann, 92, of Sturgeon Bay died at Door County Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Oconto County, Pensaukee Township, the son of the late John and Rose (Lear) Hellmann. Earl attended a one-room grade school before graduating from Oconto Falls High School in 1943. He served his country in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952. On October 27, 1956, he married Ruth Ann McCormick at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Sturgeon Bay.

Earl worked for Wisconsin Telephone Company for 38 years as a central office repairman. Following his retirement from Wisconsin Telephone, he worked for 12 years as a maintenance engineer for Orchard Valley Apartments.

 He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Earl was the chair for Walk America for five years and was active with Boy Scouts and a Cub Master, receiving the District Award of Merit. Earl’s commitment to his community was evident in his dedication to the American Legion Post #72 and volunteering to help at Legion Baseball games for many years. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking, building birdhouses and feeding his deer and birds.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth of Sturgeon Bay; five children, Mark (Vicky) of Appleton, Stephen (Kelly) of Sturgeon Bay, Kathleen (Steven) Gospodarek of Eagle, Wisconsin, Kevin (Carolyn Joyce) of Baltimore, Maryland, Patrick (Pamela Schmidt) Hellmann of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Coreen (Will) DeCarlo, Tara (Nicholas) VerHaagh, Scott Hellmann, Sarah Hellmann; four great-grandchildren, Emmett VerHaagh, Eric DeCarlo, Phillip DeCarlo, Scarlett Ruth VerHaagh.

Preceding him in death were his parents; six brothers, Emil, Arthur, Martin, Raymond, Wilbur, Donald; five sisters, Frances Westcott, Irene Waldrow, Lanie Thome, Adina Darr, and Myrtle McGraw.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Tuesday, April 16, at Corpus Christi Catholic Church. Entombment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum. Military honors will be provided at the church following mass.

Friends may call at the church on Tuesday, April 16, from 9 am until the time of services at 11 am.

Memorials may be made in his memory to Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 811 W. Juniper St., Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; 920-743-4716; [email protected]; or Crossroads at Big Creek, P.O. Box 608, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235; 920-746-5895;

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