Ernest “Ernie” Zolp, age 72, of Plymouth, passed away early Saturday morning (March 18, 2017) at Sheboygan Progressive Care Center.

He was born September 12, 1944 in the Town of Mitchell, son of the late Peter and Dorothy (Bucko) Zolp, later moving with his parents to the farm on Sumac Road.

He attended Bonnie View Grade School in the Town of Sheboygan Falls and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1962, belonging to the FFA.

Ernie and his dad did land drainage tiling for many years in addition to dairy farming.

On April 15, 1978, he married Susan Schneider at St. Isadore Catholic Church in Osman. Together they took over the home farm in 1989.

Ernie was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. He was also a lifelong member of the NRA. Ernie enjoyed deer, raccoon, fox, and coyote hunting. He was also very skilled at fixing things and great at wood carving. He also enjoyed growing apples and wine making.

His family and friends will always remember him as a loving husband, dad, and great friend who worked hard to keep his family fed, cattle fed, and his farm well maintained. He loved spending time with his children and grandson Finn, and also taking part in holiday skits with the neighbors.

Survivors include: His loving wife: Susan; Son: Bernard (Jamie) of Verona; Two daughters: Victoria (Fiancé: Jake Smothers) of Stillwater, MN, and Jacqualyn (special friend: Peter Lensink) of Plymouth; Grandson: Finn; Sister: Cecilia (Gary) Schaefer of Sturgeon Bay; Brother in-law: Robert (Rachael) Schneider of Newton; Niece: Tracy Schaefer; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, hunting buddies, good friends, neighbors, and people he did business with over the years.

Ernie was preceded in death by: His parents; In-laws: Bernard and Lucinda Schneider; and Grandparents: John and Francis Bucko and Ignacious and Apalonia Zolp.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday evening (March 22, 2017) at 5:00 P.M. at the Suchon Funeral Home in Plymouth. Father Dennis Van Beek will officiate.

Visitation will take place at the Suchon Funeral Home on Wednesday (March 22) from 3:00 P.M. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Ernie’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit

The family would like to send special thanks to Sheboygan Progressive Care Center, the staffs of Matthews Oncology and Sharon S. Richardson Hospice, as well as all the friends, relatives, and neighbors who were so very kind and helpful during Ernie’s illness. You all kept their spirits up tremendously!

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