Clarence J. Ertman, 93, of Sheboygan Falls, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Pine Haven Assisted Living.

Clarence was born on January 19, 1923 in Manitowoc to Joseph and Mary (Gordon) Ertman. He was a 1941 graduate of Mishicot High School and served his country in the Army Air Corps during WWII. He saw action in China, Burma and India. Clarence was very proud to have served his country and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal. On June 21, 1946 he married Elaine Meinen in Cedar Grove. She preceded him in death on July 9, 2002. Clarence was a mechanic at Hoekstra Brothers Chrysler in Sheboygan, Mel Campbell Chrysler-Plymouth in Sheboygan and then worked maintenance/night security at Security First National Bank. In retirement he worked part time as a courtesy driver and custodian at Dick Brantmeier Ford in Sheboygan.

Clarence was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Sheboygan, where he served as an usher. Clarence was a Boy Scout leader and a leader for the YMCA Indian Guides. He enjoyed traveling, and trailer camping. He especially enjoyed spending time at Kohler Andrae State Park, hunting, fixing cars and tinkering around. Clarence loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Clarence is survived by three sons, Terry (Julie) of Sheboygan Falls, Kevin (Connie) of Mesa, AZ and Chris (Ann) of Sheboygan Falls; nine grandchildren, Terek (Mandy), Tyrel (Cindy), Tristan (Michelle), Jeffrey (Chrissy), Jared, Madeline, Bryce, Nicole (Ross) Koeberl and Kimberly Gritzmacher; 13 great grandchildren; and one sister, Irene Roehl. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine; two sisters, Josephine Ertman and Marie Sweetman.

A memorial service to celebrate Clarence’s life was held on Saturday, January 7, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Sheboygan with Rev. Cindy Little officiating.

Inurnment took place in the spring at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Sheboygan.

A memorial fund for First Presbyterian Church is being established in Clarence’s name.

The family would like to thank the staff at Pine Haven Assisted Living for their care and compassion shown to Clarence during his time there. Thank you to the Sharon Richardson Hospice team and all the wonderful Aurora doctors and nurses who helped with Clarence’s care during these past several years.

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The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is assisting Clarence’s family with arrangements.

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