Sanford “Skip” Roy McEwen, age 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 22, 2016. He was born to Robert and Della (nee Conrath) McEwen on July 9, 1925 in Pennsylvania. He married the love of his life Phyllis Hoch on March 2, 1946 and together they had four children.
Skip was raised in Pennsylvania and moved to Wisconsin in 1953. He proudly worked for Gehl Company for over 40 years and retired in 1988. Skip was a long time member of Peace United Church of Christ in Kewaskum. He loved camping, hunting and fishing and was an avid sports enthusiast. He never missed a Milwaukee Brewers game. “Pap” (as he was affectionately known by many) was the happiest when he was spending time with his family and never had a loss for words.
Skip is survived by his loving daughters, Linda (Whitey) Uelmen, Gloria (George Christnovich) McEwen, his adoring grandchildren, Sheri (Andy) Kasten, Dave (Jann) Uelmen, Lisa (Randy) Geib. Skip’s pride and joy were his great-grandchildren, Amanda and Ashleigh Kasten, Shane (Tricia) Schutz, Kyle (Terri) Schutz, Madison Uelmen, Lucy, Cooper and Clayton Geib. Four precious great-great-grandchildren, Kellan, Beckett, Decker and Lennon Schutz with number five expected in December; special niece, Lori (Scott) Stonecipher and their children Erin & Erik; two sisters Mikki Henry and May (Dick) Hecker; brother Murray McEwen; sisters-in-law Kathy McEwen, Marilyn Bowser, Donna Winningham and Sharon McKee; brother-in-law Robert (Peggie)Hoch. Skip is further survived by many loved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He will be especially missed by his four legged daughter Chi-Chi.
He is preceded in death by his wife Phyllis, two beloved sons, David “Buzzy” and Ricky; siblings, Elmer (Ginny) McEwen, Ruth (Vernon) Graff, Martha (Don) Knappenburger, Fred McEwen, Margaret McEwen, Ron Henry, Jim (Carolyn) Quillen, Ted Hoch, Junior Hoch and Bert Browser.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00PM on October 28, 2016 at The Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Dr., West Bend, WI) with Reverend Eric Kirkegaard presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11:00AM until the time of service. Interment will be at Washington County Memorial Park.
A special thank you to the staff and caregivers at Cedar Crossings and Ivy Manor for their care and compassion.