Ernest “Ernie” F. Blaubach, 91, Marathon, passed away on Friday, March 10, 2023 at Rennes Health and Rehab in Weston.
He was born March 25, 1931 in Spencer, WI, son of the late Fred and Rachel (Buhrow) Blaubach. On September 9, 1950, he married Carol H. Braunel at St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church, Marathon. She preceded him in death on March 13, 2022.
Ernie was a dairy farmer and farmed alongside his wife, Carol in Little Chicago for many years. “Ernie's Experiment Farm” was famous for its meticulous appearance... and miles and miles of white diamond fences. His children learned how to paint... even if it didn't need it. On this farm, he taught his children the value of hard work... and to do things right, no matter what.
After they retired from milking cows, Ernie operated Ernie's Heifer Haven, where he raised and sold dairy replacement heifers. He was an avid John Deere Tractor fan. If it was not yellow and green, it would soon be painted that way. Ernie took great pride in his lawn, which was always immaculate, and liked to grow flowers, especially petunias.
Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed deer hunting (especially bow hunting), listening to country and polka music, and traveling with Carol all over the United States and overseas. They also spent the winter months in Arizona for over 20 years.
Ernie loved his cats and his birthday, which he celebrated every year... for at least a month.
He was a longtime active member of the Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in the Town of Rib Falls, where he was on the Building Committee, past treasurer, on the finance committee, and was the Church President for many years.
Survivors include his two daughters, Nancy (Dan) Mueller of Marshfield and their children, Benjamin, Rachel, Jonathan and Elizabeth; and Suzanne (Gary) Neumann of Antigo and their children, Nicholas, Jacqueline, Kristina and Katee Jo; three sons, Larry Blaubach of Manitowoc and his children, Trina, Travis and Jamie; Steve (Debra) Blaubach of Tomahawk and their children, Nathan, Brittany and Marisa; and Mark (Faye) Blaubach of Wausau and their children, Adam and Justin; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; one brother, Ray Blaubach; two sister-in-laws, Betty Patterson (Elroy Blaubach) and Eldine (Alvin) Blaubach; and many nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents and wife, Carol, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Daniel, George, Elroy and Alvin; and three sisters, Violinda Limberg, Eleanora Schade and Lillian Wenzel.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at St. Matthew Ev. Lutheran Church, 206 Hemlock St, Marathon. Rev. Jon Hadler will officiate. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. Burial will be in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Stettin at a later date.
“Mom and Dad are dancing the Blue Skirt Waltz in Heaven.”
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com