Loren D. Nonhof, 83
March 2, 1932 ó Dec. 12, 2015
Loren D. Nonhof, 83, passed away at St. Lukeís Medical Center on Dec. 12, 2015. On Sept. 14, 1957, he was united in marriage to Marie P. Buschena at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in West Bend.
He was born to Henry and Tracy (nee Drent) in Long Island, Kansas, on March 2, 1932. He moved to Wisconsin with his family when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Cedar Grove High School in 1950. After graduation, he taught accordion lessons in West Bend for several years and was a drummer in a polka band in the 1950s. He worked at Gehl Co. from 1960 until his retirement in 1992. While employed at Gehl Co., he started his own part-time custom woodworking business and continued that business full time after his retirement until 2008. Loren also worked at Eddyís Mobil and Joe Matenaer Tool & Die, each for 13 years.
Loren was a faith-filled, generous and honest man with impeccable integrity and character. He would give the shirt off his back to help anyone in need. He was an active member of St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he sang in the folk choir, attended menís Bible study at Omicron Restaurant for many years and did the Stephen Ministry for about five years. Loren enjoyed polka dancing and attended many festivals in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa, where he and his wife met many special friends. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.
Loren is survived by his wife of 58 years, Marie; children, Deb (Bob) Nigh, Denise (Bob) Pierron and Duane (Shiela) Nonhof; grandchildren, Eric and Blake Nigh, Nic and Zac Pierron, and Emmanuel and Dominic Nonhof; brothers, Darrel (Judy) Nonhof and Ed (Cindy) Nonhof; and sister, Gloria (Harold) Park. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many special friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Fred and Catherine Buschena; and brother, Virgil (Delores) Nonhof.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, at St. Johnís Evangelical Lutheran Church (809 S. Sixth Ave., West Bend, WI 53095) with the Rev. Jeff Dorth and the Rev. David Kellerman officiating. The visitation will be held at the church Thursday, Dec. 17, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 1 p.m. Entombment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park. Memorials to St. Johnís Lutheran Church are appreciated.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.