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Gerald F. Ninnemann, 78, of Campbellsport went to his heavenly home on Friday June 21, 2013 at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. He was born Jan. 2, 1935 in the Town of Wausau on the family farm, the son of the late Julius and Ida Buss Ninnemann. On Sept. 4, 1954, he married Dolores A. Zimmermann at Zion Lutheran Church in Wausau.
Jerry owned and operated the Campbellsport News from 1974 to 2004 never missing an edition or column. Prior to this he worked at the Minocqua Lakeland Press, the Hartford Times Press and the Menomonee Falls News. He was a member of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the National Newspaper Association. He served as the president of the Campbellsport School District Board for 6 years and started the Campbellsport Scholarship Foundation with then School District Administrator Joseph Bertone. He was a Boy Scout Leader, managed a baseball team for the Milwaukee Federation of Lutheran Churches, a Little League coach, Campbellsport Chamber of Commerce president, a charter member of the Friends of the Kettle Moraine, and chairman and MC of the Campbellsport and Eden Lion's Club Roast for 20 years. He was appointed by Governor Tommy Thompson to the Milwaukee River Council and served in the National Guard for 6 years during the Korean War. Jerry was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Wings over Wisconsin, National Turkey Federation, Whitetails Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever. He loved the outdoors and hunted the marshes of Manitoba and Saskatchewan with a group of friends for many years.
Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife Dolores, his daughters Beth (Robert) Grossmeyer of Waukesha and Faith Krueger of Campbellsport, his son James (Carol) of Campbellsport, his grandchildren William, Kathryn, and Joshua Grossmeyer, Jessica Samphere, Anthony Ninnemann, Jeremy, Sarah, and Samantha Krueger and Matthew and Joseph Ninnemann, and Stephanie Grandlich. Five great grandchildren, his sisters Johanna Schultz and Lois Narlock, his brother Gilbert (Betty) Ninnemann, his brother-in-law Myron Storm, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his son Gerald A., his son-in-law Michael Krueger, his brothers Merlin and Herbert, his sisters Elora Storm and Elaine Devriendt, his brothers-in-law Arnold Schubring, Leroy Schultz and Leroy Narlock and his sister-in-law Angie Ninnemann.
Visitation will be Tuesday June 25th from 3:00 to 8:00 PM at the Twohig Funeral Home, 109 W. Main St. Campbellsport and on Wednesday June 26th from 9:00 AM until time of services at St. John's Lutheran Church, New Fane (N665 County Rd. S, Kewaskum).
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday June 26th at the church with Rev. Mark Eckert officiating and burial to follow in St. John's Cemetery.
Memorials are appreciated to the Campbellsport Scholarship Foundation or St. John's Lutheran Church. Online guestbook and condolences are at www.twohigfunerals.com.
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter from June 23 to June 24, 2013