OCEAN RIDGE — Harold E. Hollnagel, devoted family man and company founder, died April 17. He was 84.
Mr. Hollnagel was born to Harold and Esther Hollnagel on Dec. 22, 1937, in Milwaukee, and went on to become founder and CEO of Mechanical Industries Inc. in Brown Deer, Wisconsin, where he put to use his inventiveness and love of mechanics.
His hobbies included downhill skiing, fishing, Indy car racing, celebrating his German heritage, and spending time with his family and friends at the Milwaukee Country Club and the Milwaukee Yacht Club.
He was an active member of Saint John Lutheran Church in Glendale, Wisconsin, and supporter of the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
Six years ago, he and his wife, Judy, made Ocean Ridge their permanent home.
Mr. Hollnagel is survived by his wife of 62 years, Judith “Judy” Hollnagel of Ocean Ridge, and their son David, daughter-in-law Christine and granddaughters Julia and Elizabeth Hollnagel of Ocala.
Visitation will be held on May 21 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Wisconsin Memorial Park Chapel of the Chimes, 13235 W. Capitol Drive in Brookfield, with a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. and the entombment to follow the service.
The Bruskiewitz Funeral Home in Milwaukee is assisting the family with the arrangements. Obituaries and condolences can be found on its website, ForestHomeFunerals.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center, 1801 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton, Florida 33432.
— Obituary submitted by the family