Leo J. Eimmerman, 91, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Waukegan, IL on November 20, 1926, the only child of the late John and Regina (Wolf) Eimmerman. Leo graduated from Kaukauna High School, and at the age of 18 years old he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He attended Marquette College and earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. On April 29, 1950 Leo married the love of his life, Rosella (Hennes) Eimmerman. They had enjoyed over 67 years of marriage. On Sunday, they will celebrate their 68th anniversary together again.
In 1949 Leo started his professional career as an engineer at Thilmany Paper Mill. In 1959 he joined Baisch Engineering Inc. as Executive Vice President and partner. He later became President of Baisch Engineering Inc. After a long, successful career, he retired in 1988. Leo was a member of many Professional Associations, such as: Technical Association of Pulp & Paper Industry (TAPPI), National Society of Professional Engineers, and Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers.
Leo had many passions in life. His love of football began at a young age, and he played for his Alma Maters: Holy Cross Elementary School, Kaukuana High School, and Marquette University. After his playing days were over, he coached 8th grade Football for Holy Cross School. In 1980 he was inducted into the KHS Hall of Fame. Leo was also an avid golfer, and enjoyed many wonderful golf vacations. He joined Fox Valley Golf Course in 1951, and was also a member of Buttes des Morts Country Club. At home, he loved wood working, reading, and gardening. His friends and family enjoyed his great sense of humor, his life stories, and his commitment to the important things in life. In his own words, he was a “mediocre golfer, gardener, woodcarver, and great lover of family”.
Leo enjoyed giving back to the community, and was involved in many organizations such as: Knights of Columbus, the Elks Club, the Lions Club, and Boy Scouts. He was an active member of his parish, Holy Cross, and often contributed his time and talents. He served on the Board of Directors for The Van Hoof Corporation and The Bank of Kaukauna.
Leo was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Rosella, who died on February 1, 2018.
Leo is survived by five children: Mary Sue (Phil) Voights, John (Mary) Eimmerman, Carol Ann Graf, Mark (Diane) Eimmerman, and Paul Eimmerman. Nine grandchildren: Nichole (Joe) Bellin, Sarah (Nicholas) Berger, David (Sienna) Eimmerman, Elizabeth (Justin) Coenen, Michael Eimmerman, Nathan Graf, Alexander (fiancé Cristina Zuniga) Graf, McKenzie Graf, Paul M. Eimmerman. Seven great grandchildren: Cole and Suzie Bellin, Dylon, Elliot, and Grant Berger, Lucy Coenen, and Lucas Eimmerman. Leo is also survived by two brothers in law and sister in law, Dr. Thomas (Rosalie) Hennes and Duane Hennes, a special cousin, Jocele Wild de Ley Koo, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Leo will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Holy Cross Church, 309 Desnoyer Street, Kaukauna, WI. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until time of Mass at 12:30 pm with Father David Beaudry officiating. Boettcher Family Funeral Home is assisting the family, (920) 766-2099. www.boettcherfamilyfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Paul Elder Care Hospice staff and staff of Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology for the care, compassion and kindness they provided Leo during the past months.