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Earl W. McKenzie

June 18, 1926 May 21, 2013
Earl W. McKenzie
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Earl McKenzie, 86, of Milltown Township, WI, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

Earl was born June 18, 1926 in Lorain Township to Arthur and Essie (Johnson) McKenzie. The family moved to the Grantsburg, WI area where Earl started his education at the Branstad School. The family later moved to Milltown, WI when he was in the 5th grade. He finished his schooling and graduated from Milltown High School in 1945. Earl always worked on the family dairy farm growing up in Milltown.

Earl married Eleanor Carlson on April 10, 1948. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with family and friends. To this union 4 children were born: Dennis, Douglas, Earlene and Audrey.

Earl enjoyed card playing, bowling for McKenzie Lanes, playing horseshoes on league teams with friends and Earl belonged to the Frederic Model T Club.

Earl and Eleanor were diary farmers south of Milltown for 30 years. The farm was sold in 1978 due to Earl’s health issues. They built a home on Half Moon Lake and lived on Breezy Bay for 20 years. They spent their winters in Texas for 18 of those years. In 1998 Earl and Eleanor moved from their lake home to their hobby farm south of Milltown.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Lloyd, Willie, Russell, Al and Curtis; and sisters, Matie, Ada and Lucille.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor; 2 sons and 2 daughters, Dennis McKenzie (wife Connie) of Grantsburg, WI, Douglas McKenzie of Frederic, WI, Earlene McKenzie (Archie Baker) of Lino Lakes, MN and Audrey McKenzie (Terry Dick) of Lino Lakes, MN; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Lorraine Nelson; brother, Melvin McKenzie; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Memorial services will be held at Milltown Lutheran Church in Milltown, WI on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Rev. Mel Rau will be officiating. Music will be provided by vocalist, LeRoy Buck and organist, Cheryl Peper. Honorary Pallbearers are the grandchildren: Lisa, Sarah, Jennifer, Stephen, Nick, Benj, Jason, Christa, Melissa, Angela and Brittany. Interment will be held later at Milltown Cemetery.

Online condolences may be left at or Please refer to these websites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-472-2444 or 715-825-5550.

Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.
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