Robert F. Karrels


Robert Karrels of the Town of Port Washington went to be with his savior Jesus in the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, at Harbor Campus in Port Washington. He was 73 years old.  

Bob was born in Port Washington on April 16, 1945, the son of Cyril Karrels and Ann Valukas Karrels.  

He grew up on the family farm in the Town of Belgium and attended school in Port Washington, graduating from Port Washington High School with the Class of 1963.  

On Feb. 24, 1968, he married Mary Ann Preibisch in Sheboygan.  

Bob was the founder and owner of Karrels Dairy Equipment in the Town of Port Washington.

Bob was a very active member of Open Door Bible Church in Port Washington, where he served on the church board. Bob valued his faith and his family.  

He is survived by his wife of 50 years Mary Ann of the Town of Port Washington; four sons, Dean (Holly) Karrels of Port Washington, Thomas (Kris) Karrels of Germantown, Michael (Tammy) Karrels of Cedarburg and David (Abbey) Karrels of Wauwatosa.  

Bob is further survived by nine grandchildren, Brett, Bryce, Mallory, Avabella, Olivia, Madison, Beckett, Summer and one on the way; siblings Kathy (Ronald) Swihart of Lake Church, Mary Ann (Todd) Pollpeter of Fillmore, and John (Liz) Karrels of Filmore; nieces; nephews; other relatives; and many friends.  

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services celebrating Bob’s life will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, at noon at Open Door Bible Church, 3420 County Rd. LL, Port Washington.  Pastor Sid Litke will preside over the service.  

Bob will be laid to rest in Holden East Cemetery in Port Washington.  

Visitation will take place at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the services.

Memorials are suggested to Open Door Bible Church.  

Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington, is honored to serve the family.  

Online condolences may be left at

The Karrels family would like to thank the staff of Harbor Campus for their kind and compassionate care of Bob for the last six-and-a-half years.




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