MERCER, Wis./BLACK EARTH, Wis. — Ralph Albert Tremmel, 88, of 5477N E. Echo Lake Rd., Mercer, died Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, at Heartland Country Village Nursing Home in Black Earth.

Ralph was born July 4, 1929, in St. Nazianz, Wis., son of the late Paul and Teresa (Tilger) Tremmel and grew up in the Pittsville area. He served in the U.S. Army in Landstuhl, Germany from 1951 to 1953 and participated in the Never Forgotten Honor Flight XXI in Sept. 2015.

Ralph was married to Joan G. Schill June 30, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Auburndale, by the Rev. Steinhauser. The couple lived in Marshfield, Wis. and Sheboygan, Wis. before moving to Tomah in 1972, where Ralph operated Tremmel Manufacturing as well as TnT Enterprises and Pacesetter Homes with his wife Joan. In 1980, Ralph began employment at Fort McCoy and retired from the Central Heating unit as a heating technician in 1994. Ralph and Joan moved to Mercer in 1994 where he was active in the Mercer Area Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9536 and Knights of Columbus Council 7228.

Ralph was a member of St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Mercer. He enjoyed fishing, camping, traveling and hunting. One of his greatest pleasures was traveling in his RV to spend time with family and grandchildren.

Ralph is survived by five children, Vicki (Curt) Drinkwine, Forest Lakes, Ariz., Bonnie (Ken) Eversgerd, Carrollton, Ga., Ron (Jill) Tremmel, Pewaukee, Wis., Carol (Jim) Schmitt, Mazomanie, and Lisa (Greg) Nelson, Lodi; nine grandchildren, Jennifer (Nick) Shepherd, Douglasville, Ga., Jacqueline (Ben) Black Douglasville, Ga., Kate (Joe) Spitz, Columbus, Miss., Elizabeth Tremmel, Minneapolis, Benjamin Tremmel, Pewaukee, Molly Schmitt, Madison, Wis., Curtis Schmitt, Mazomanie, and Grant and Samantha Nelson, Lodi; two great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Addison Shepherd, Douglasville; one sister, Laurelda Gadke, Loyal; brothers-in-law, Matt Schill, Wisconsin Rapids, and Jerome Schill, Auburndale, Wis.; and sisters-in-law, Catherine Bathke, Wisconsin Rapids, Margaret Mayer, Marshfield, Wis., Mary (Harvey) Pongratz, Minocqua, Wis., Beatrice Schill, Arpin, Wis., and Laura Schill, Vesper, Wis.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; two brothers, Kenneth and Harry Tremmel; and four sisters, Marguerite Tremmel, Myrtle Weiss, Evelyn Franz and Madelyn (Pat) Mech.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon Thursday, Sept.7, at St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church in Mercer, with the Rev. Ron Serrao, celebrant.

Rite of Committal and interment will follow in the Mercer Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded by the combined Mercer-Manitowish Waters American Legion Post 424 and Mercer Area VFW Post 9536 Honor Guard.

Luncheon will be served in the parish hall immediately upon return from the cemetery.

Relatives and friends may call from 10:30 Thursday, Sept. 7, until noon at the church.

Arrangements have been entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Inc., Ironwood, Mich.

Ralph’s obituary can be viewed online and condolences given to his family at