In Memory

Allen (Skip) Erdman

Allen (Skip) Erdman

Edwin Allan Erdman 1944 – 2020 Allan Erdman, 76, passed away peacefully in hospice care with his loving and devoted wife Sherri Kellogg at his side April 14, 2020. Allan was born March 31, 1944 in Kenosha to Earl Edwin and Pauline Erdman. Allan was educated in Kenosha schools graduating from Mary D. Bradford in 1962. He lettered in swimming and track, mastering the high jump, the breast stroke and the butterfly. He enjoyed being one of the chemistry lab assistants to Mary Dougherty, a Bradford tradition for many years. Allan went on to graduate with a B.S. degree from U.W. Madison. He enjoyed his college years living on Mifflin Street with Charles (Chip) Behnke, playing classical guitar and learning the fine art of making lutes and guitars at his cousin’s workshop on State Street. Allan met and married his first wife Connie, who is the mother of their two sons, Kurt and Brian. During his time in college Allan attended a workshop in Berkeley California led by world renowned guitarist Andres Segovia. Allan’s passion for music was lifelong. His parents were classical violinists and introduced their children to music as tots. After college years Allan and Connie settled in Kenosha. He joined his father and uncle in the family owned business, Kenosha Machine and Grinding Company. His parents soon retired to Arizona and Allan and his wife continued the business for another ten years until the time of his uncle’s death. By this time Allan and Connie settled on Brown’s lake in Burlington Wisconsin. After the machine shop closed, Allan worked at area businesses. He became interested in computers their science and technology and how they can be best used to support all phases of the business enterprise. Allan soon became a proficient programmer and mastered business computer science. It was through supporting computers that he met his second wife Sheri. They eventually retired to the Pewaukee area where they enjoyed reading good books and a good meal with friends at many of the local area restaurants. Allan enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and sailing. He and Connie also enjoyed hunting with his lifelong friend, Dennis Hofflander and attending Pro ice hockey games. Allan is survived by his sons, Kurt and Brian, of Pensacola Florida, and his sister Paula Williams of Kenosha. He was a descendant of Captain L.P. Hill, founder of the Hill Steamboat Line at the turn of the last century. His grandmother Iva Hill Erdman was the oldest daughter of Captain Hill.
 
 
 

 



 
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10/20/20 06:26 PM #1    

Larry Sommers

RIP, Allen.

 


10/20/20 09:36 PM #2    

Thomas White

RIP Allen; always remember the nights after I was done with basketball or track and Allan was done with swimming or track and it was KClub meeting night. We would grab a bite to eat and if neeed Allan would assist me with my Physics homework


10/21/20 04:21 AM #3    

Jerald Greco

Our Condolences to Paula and the Erdman family. I new Allen through Washington but lost track at MD Bradford. Great guy, very athletic and smart. RiP Allen!


10/21/20 11:33 AM #4    

Suzanne Olson (Knight)

Grant school, Washingtong Jr High school then Bradford, Allen and I were classmates all through out.  Never called him Skip, in fact I spoke with "Skip" at a few class reunions and never put the two names together.   The few memories I have of Allen are fond memories.  I think i have a photo  where Allen and I are in the playground at Grant school holding hands.  We must have been at least 7 or 8 yreas old!!!!  He was probably protecting me from Tommy Johnson, who once put a snake in my pocket when my coat was hanging in the "Cloakroom" in 3rd grade Miss Bowmans class in those horrible portables classrooms.   RIP Allen ... as they say "Thanks for the memories".   


10/21/20 11:59 AM #5    

Denis Hofflander

Al and I had two memorable canoe trips down the Flambeau River during high school.  Nothing I did after on water compared to the good times we had then.  I remember the swim team, where we were competitors, and the bird hunting we did both at home and later in SD when he visited us.  Our long-standing argument was whether a flushing dog or a pointer was better for pheasants.  I will miss his sense of humor and his guitar playing talent.  RIP, Al.


10/21/20 12:09 PM #6    

Jeanne Kyncl (Brush)

I grew up with Allen and he's been on my mind lately.  Just went past his old home on 35th Street yesterday and thought of him.  My sympathy goes out to his family.

 


10/21/20 01:43 PM #7    

Terry Iorns

I remember Allan from chemistry with Miss Doherty. Good guy, very talented. RIP


10/22/20 10:28 AM #8    

Michael Moran

Al and I were on the swim team together. I remember him as always being very competitive and a very hard worker! RIP Allen.

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