Obituary of Kent J. Ohlis Jr.
Kent J. Ohlis Jr., of Waukesha died peacefully on Sunday, August
29, 2021, at the age of 83. He was born in LaPorte, Indiana.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Kent J. Ohlis Sr. and
Mary Louise (Opperman) Ohlis, sister, Susan Ohlis, his in-laws,
Tom and Monica Nee, and many dear friends.
Loving husband of 57 years to Sharon (Nee); devoted father to
son Kent Ohlis III (Michelle Evans) of Bel Air, Maryland, and
daughters Christine Ohlis of West Bend, and Kathleen
(Christopher) Meinecke of Germantown; grandpa to his four
grandchildren, Jacob and Megan Ohlis, Cooper and Kirby
Meinecke. He is further survived by his sister-in-law LouAnn
(Nee) Zimmerman and brother-in-law Laurence Zimmerman of
Watersmeet, Michigan; and niece Hannah (Joshua and Adrian)
Jones of Sun Prairie.
Kent grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, where he helped his
parents run Hills Coffee Shop near the Capitol. He was a
graduate of Madison West High School, and attended both
Carroll College and Madison Business College.
In August, 1964, Kent married the love of his life, Sharon, in
Madison. Kent worked for General Adjustment Bureau as a
claims manager for 34 years. He embraced his role as a proud
Dad, attending games, competitions, graduations, and hosted
many “Ohlisfests” to celebrate the latest occasion.
After retirement, he pursued his love of golf and travel. Kent was
an avid golfer and often played at Kettle Moraine Golf Club,
where he landed his dream job as a ranger. He golfed with
friends and family and the course was always a place that made
Kent loved to travel, especially to Door County with his family.
Many memories were had at Al Johnson’s, where lingonberry
pancakes were a must, and the Red Putter where Kent (almost)
always won. Bonita Springs, Florida, was a second home in the
winter for a few years where Kent could play golf, enjoy his cigars
and time with friends and family.
A lifelong Badger fan, which he passed down to his kids and
grandkids, Kent loved sporting his Badger red wherever he
traveled. He had season tickets for football games, attending
many throughout his life and heard “Big O!” called out at many
tailgates. Kent was always the life of the party, having a gift of
making everyone feel welcome.
He made sure his family was always his number one priority and
he will always be remembered as a loving husband, proud dad,
Boppa (Grandpa), brother, brother-in-law, uncle, and friend. He
cherished every opportunity to make memories with others.
His loving family is planning a Celebration of Life to be held at a
later date.If you wish to do something in Kent’s memory, have a toast in his
honor, or donate to a charity of your choice.