Harold Erwin Gensler, age 94, peacefully passed away Dec. 24, 2021, at his residence in Three Lakes, Wis., where he resided for the last two years.

Harold will be forever missed by his son, Steven (Patricia Thurmond) of Three Lakes, his granddaughters, Yana of Franklin, Wis., and Ali of Tucson, Ariz.; as well as many nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, Ethel Schulze and Marlene Gensler.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Shirley (née Schulze) in 1997; his brother, Raymond of Appleton, Wis. in 2011; sister-in-law/brother-in-law, Carol and Jim Minkebage of Kaukauna Wis.; brother-in-law, Louis Schulze of Appleton; and many dear and close friends of he and Shirley in the Appleton area.

Harold was born on July 18, 1927, to his parents, Erwin and Esther (née Buth) in Clintonville, Wis., where they lived until moving to Kaukauna, where he met his beloved Shirley in High School.

Shirley and Harold wed Sept. 23, 1950, at Immanuel Evangelical & Reformed Church in Kaukauna.

They enjoyed traveling to many cities and countries, along with many good friends.

Harold joined the U.S. Army in 1946, and fought in Korean and was honorably discharged in 1947.

Harold began working at Badger Highways Company in Menasha, Wis., in 1949 and eventually became the owner/president of the asphalt paving company, until his retirement in 1993, when his son, Steven took over.

Although retired, Harold still went to work almost every day – even if only for a few hours – until they sold the business in 2014.

He enjoyed golfing with his golf buddies every Tuesday in the Appleton area, and especially loved fishing at the family cabin on Crooked Lake in Three Lakes with his best friend/brother Raymond.

Anyone who knew Harold knows how much he loved the cabin and Crooked Lake.

While Harold lived in Three Lakes for the past two years, he enjoyed the many friends who cared about him and visited with him – he was at peace in Three Lakes and had fun going for golf cart rides and picking raspberries.

Burial arrangements will be private.