Roland W. Nickel

Roland W. Nickel, 91, of the town of Wayne, passed away on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011 at the Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk.

He was born on July 27, 1920, on the family farm in the town of Wayne to the late Robert and Leonora (nee Pamperin) Nickel. On Sept. 23, 1944 Roland was united in marriage to Bernice Minz. She preceded him in death on Sept. 5, 1981. Roland later married Shirley Bruessel on July 27, 1991. She preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 2008.

Roland farmed in the town of Wayne and also worked at American Motors in Milwaukee for 15 years. He retired in 1991 but continued to help his son, Duane, on the farm.

Roland was a life member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church.

He is survived by 11 children, David (Ann) Nickel of Canyon Lake, Calif., Marilyn Schmalz of West Bend; Delores (Jerry) Crago of West Bend; Dianne (Harry) Disler of Theresa, Dennis (Sue) Nickel of Slinger, Dale (Janet) Nickel of West Bend, Darvin (Jane) Nickel of Mayville, Donald (Eileen) Nickel of Newburg, Duane (Linda) Nickel of Theresa, Darrel (special friend, Jane) Nickel of St. Kilian, and Dawn (Brian) McCambridge of Campbellsport; 31 grandchildren; 34 great - grandchildren; two sisters, Marcella Christian of Mayville and Arlene Rusch of Jackson; other relatives and friends.

Roland was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Deborah Schairer; sister, Evelyn Christian; and brother, Melvin Nickel.

A visitation in remembrance of Roland will be held at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, 6438 Highway D, Allenton, on Monday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. until the time of service at noon. The Rev. Steve Bode will officiate and burial will follow in Zion Church Cemetery.

Memorials in Rolandís name to the Kathy Hospice are appreciated by the family.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online guest book and condolences may be found at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Joy Wills and the staff at Kathy Hospice for all the loving care that they gave to Roland and his family.