Waldemar J. Nienow

Dec. 10, 1920 - Jan. 7, 2007

Waldemar J. Nienow, 86, of the town of Summit, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2007.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth A. (nee Schrank); children, Gail (Thomas) Rosenthal of Vonore, Tenn., John (Trish) Nienow of Green Bay, Janice (Mike) Evans of Ixonia, Rex (Heidi) Nienow of Westfield, Peggy (Randy) Gagliano of Mayville, Tammi (John) Olson of Palmyra and Polly (Dana) Turner of Knoxvile, Iowa; eight grandchildren, John Jr., Michelle, Rex Jr., Cory, David, Jacquelyn, Shawn and Autumn Ruth; three great-grandchildren, Karlie, Riley and Caleb; and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Curt Stefan.

Wally was a 37-year supervisor, 22 years retired, at Harley-Davidson Motor Co. He drove his motorcycle year-round to work. The truckers on their CB radios always talked about the crazy guy in winter blizzards driving his motorcycle. His CB handle was a bluegill as he was an avid fly fisherman. He had taken many trips on his motorcycle with his wife, Ruth. He spent summers with his wife fishing in Minnesota. He tied his own flies for catching bumper crops of fish. Wally was an avid hunter as well. He loved deer hunting, and also hunted bear and boar.

Winters for Wally were spent ice fishing and snowmobiling with family. In his younger years, Wally boat raced, repaired small boat engines and also made his own props for his racing motors. Summers for Wally were spent gardening. With his special touch, he grew some of the biggest vegetables. His garden was like a picture with everything just so. He did a lot of canning and gave a lot of his produce to the church for others.

Wally’s last years were spent with his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth; his dog, Penny; and frequent visits from his family of eight children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, with two more on the way.

Wally was laid to rest in his final sleep Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.come.