Earl G. Ristau, age 96, passed away on April 24, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ.

He was born on July 11, 1922, in Ripon, WI to Frederick and Dora (Reepsdorf) Ristau. On May 23, 1953 he married Mabel Ziehme. She preceded him in death on January 25, 1993.

Earl served his country in the US Navy 1941-1952, on the USS Farragut DD348 during WWII and Korea.

Earl is survived by nephews, Anthony Ristau of Ripon, WI and Gordon (Ellen) Gehrke of West Bend, WI; and nieces, Kristine (Michael) Anderson and Patricia (Robin) Duffy of Ripon, WI.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel; parents, Frederick and Dora Ristau; brothers, Melvin, Wayland and Miles Ristau; sisters, Marcella O’Neill and Joanna Gehrke; nephew, Daniel O’Neill; niece, Theresa (Ristau) Greenebaum; brothers-in-law, Ray O’Neill and Gordon R. Gehrke; and sisters-in-law, Mary Ristau and Elaine Ristau Moderow.

Inurnment will be at Saint Pauls Cemetery, Menomonie, WI.

The family is grateful to special friends, Tom and Helen Deaton of Surprise, AZ; Desert Harbor Adult Care Home, Peoria, AZ, Sally’s Adult Foster Care, Phoenix, AZ, and Hospice of the West, Phoenix, AZ for all the care and love they gave Earl.