He was born on June 6, 1942 in Appleton, son of the late Henry and Anita (Doell) Ruscher. Earl graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in 1960. On September 28, 1963, he was united in marriage to Bonnie Prahl at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New London. Earl worked at Fox Tractor in Appleton for 25 years. He then worked at Simmons Juvenile Furniture in New London for 20 years until it closed, and also Walmart in New London for 8 years until he retired in 2014. Earl enjoyed watching youth baseball, riding his bike, campfires, fishing and eating his favorite food, ice cream. He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in New London where he taught Sunday School for 10 years. To family and friends Earl was known as “Mr. Cheap.”
He is survived by his wife Bonnie of 53 years; siblings: Carol (Bill) Patrick, Dorothy (Bob) Luedtke; sisters-in-law: Connie (Art) Posselt and Cheryl Prahl. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother-in-law Kenneth Prahl Jr., and his father-in-law and mother-in-law Kenneth and Gertrude Prahl Sr.
The Christian Funeral for Earl will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in New London with Rev. Mark Tiefel officiating. Burial will be in Greenville Lutheran Cemetery. A visitation for Earl will be held at the church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service.