Gilbert Muehlenhaupt

Gilbert Muehlenhaupt, age 94, of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, passed away at home with family on December 13, 2020.
Gilbert , known as “Gib” to some and “Gil” to others was born in Dodge county to August and Ida (Trinkhaus) Muehlenhaupt. He spent his early years on farms in Trenton Township and attended a one room school near the corners of W (Jersey) and C. The family moved to Manchester, Wisconsin, where he was confirmed on Palm Sunday 1940 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. In 1944, while a 17 year old senior at Markesan High School, he enlisted in the Army Air Force. (In 2000 he received an honorary diploma from Markesan.) He spent time as part of the 9th Air Force in England. When the war in Europe ended, he was sent to Erlangen, Germany, as part of the army of occupation. While there, he witnessed the abandoned Dachau concentration camp and parts of the Nuremberg trials. Later he was assigned to the motor pool and was cleared to drive anything with wheels. “I thoroughly enjoyed that. We hauled everything.” He was honorably discharged August, 1946, and returned to Wisconsin. He married Eunice Crown on September 3, 1947, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fox Lake. “I was ten minutes late for my wedding because I was talking with the pastor.” He remained a member of St. John’s until his death. Gil enjoyed fishing, woodworking, gardening, cars, car races and was a loyal Dale Earnhardt fan. Eunice passed away September 7, 2017, three days after their 70th wedding anniversary, “70 wonderful years.” He missed her for the rest of his life.
Gil is survived by sister-in-law, Liola Crown, and numerous nieces and nephews who made him a great-uncle and a great-great-uncle, which he thought was awesome. Gil was preceded in death by his parents; wife; a baby brother, Harold Herbert (1930); his brother, Guenther and his wife, Mary Lou; his sister, Ruth and her husband, Wayne Riese; and special nephew, Terry Crown.
A funeral service for Gilbert will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2020 at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. David Nottling officiating. Burial will take place at Oakwood Cemetery in Beaver Dam with military honors provided by the John E. Miller American Legion Post 146.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com.