KENOSHA – Michael John Ewald, 67, passed away peacefully on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at Froedtert Hospital with loving family members by his side.
Born May 17, 1955 in Corona, CA, he was the son of the late William Ewald and Benita (Harlow) Ewald. He grew up attending local schools and graduated from George N. Tremper High School in 1973. During high school, Mike participated in the swim and tennis teams.
Like his father, Mike excelled in Boy Scouting and rose to the rank of Eagle Scout, showing his six brothers what kind of leader he was. Mike was a senior design engineer at Outboard Marine Corporation, where he contributed to multiple product improvement patents. After retiring from OMC, Mike started his own courier business, “One Shoe Enterprises” and delivered products throughout the United States and Canada. Mike enjoyed the outdoors and grew up hunting and fishing. He still has the honor of Camp Boss due to harvesting “Arnold”, the largest deer ever caught by the Ewald boys. No one could tell a story like Mike and he enjoyed entertaining his friends and family with his stories whenever he could. He was a fantastic uncle to many nieces and nephews and loved attending their sports activities and taking them to the movies.
Mike is best known for his presence on the Kenosha pool scene. He was Secretary of the Kenosha Pocket Billiards League for many years and carried out his responsibilities to the end, including running the KPBL City Tournament earlier this spring. His friends know him as “Hammer” for his strong breaking skills and his prowess at making the eight ball on the fast break. Mike won the Kenosha City Tournament Singles Title in 2013 and was a part of the City Tournament Team Titles in 1988 and 1993. Members of the KPBL community, especially those on their own teams, were familiar to Mike.
The greatest joy in Mike’s life was his daughter Sheridan, whom he affectionately referred to as “Little Squirrel.” Throughout Mike’s long struggle with a serious illness, he had one goal in mind and that was to see Sheridan graduate from high school. On June 4, 2022, just weeks before Mike passed away, he sat in the front row of the Indian Trails High School field house and proudly watched Sheridan graduate with honors.
To treasure Mike’s memory are his daughter, Sheridan; sister, Patrice (Brian) Michaels; siblings: Jeffrey (Maria) Ewald, Robert (Debbie) Ewald, Mark (Nancy) Ewald, Patrick (Sally) Ewald; the late Brother James’s wife, Anne Marie Ewald; the late father’s wife, Maggie Ewald; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mike was preceded in death by his brother, James Ewald.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Friday, July 1, 2022, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Birchwood Grill, located at 7515-125th Ave., Kenosha, WI.
In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the family will be appreciated.
A sincere note of thanks from our family to Dr. Knight and the oncology staff at Froedtert Hospital, the infusion staff at Froedtert Hospital, Dr. Shepler, Mike’s “Rock Star” nurse practitioner; Heidi Capodarco and many other caregivers for their kind and compassionate care of Mike.
Kenosha Funeral Services and Crematorium