Koenigs, Nicholas Herman
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Nicholas Herman Koenigs, 68, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at the Davis Hospice Center.
He was born on July 11, 1944, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and had lived in Cheyenne for the last fifteen months with previous residency in Douglas, Wyoming.
Nick attended St. Mary's Grade School in Marytown and New Holstein High School. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.
Nick had a 32 year career with the National Park Service. He started in Glacier NP in Montana, then went to Fort Larned NHS on the Santa Fe Trail in Kansas, Yellowstone NP in Wyoming, The Cajun Cultural Center in Louisiana, Knife River Indian Villages in North Dakota, Lyndon B. Johnson NHS in Texas, and the Badlands NP in South Dakota. Nick worked as Facility Manager/Chief of Maintenance in the parks.
Nick was a member of the Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, sang in many church choirs, and was an EMT. He served on the Disaster Relief Team for hurricanes Rita and Katrina, floods in Fargo, North Dakota and tornadoes in Wright, Wyoming and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He served as a Board Member and was named Volunteer of the Year by the South Dakota Chapter of the American Red Cross.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Marie (Johnson) Koenigs, whom he married on February 4, 1967 in Romeo, Michigan; two sons, Nicholas James Koenigs (Jodie) and Todd Allen Koenigs, all of Cheyenne; six grandchildren, Shelby, Mariah, Isaac, Kellyn, Abigail, and Chase; and one great grandchild, TaylaJane.
Nick is further survived by his five brothers, Anthony (Loretta), Laurence (Jean), Daniel (Donna), Matthew (Nancy), and Patrick (Karen), all of Wisconsin; six sisters, Kathleen Rabe (Ronald), MaryAnn Sinclair (Lawrence), Cecelia St. Lawrence (Robert), Grace Hanke (Larry), and Christine Schwenck (Ronald), all of Wisconsin; and Helene Parise (Fred) of Nebraska; brother-in-law, Robert (Annette) Johnson of Michigan, and sisters-in-law, Katherine (Larry) Sofield of Florida, and Geri Johnson of Kentucky; and many nieces and nephews.
Nick was preceded in death by two sisters, Phyllis and Rosalie Koenigs; and his parents, Hugo and Anna (Steffes) Koenigs; and his parents-in-law, Preston and Loretta Johnson; and brother-in-law, James Johnson.
Private family graveside services were held at the Burns Cemetery under the direction of Wiederspahn-Radomsky Chapel.
Friends who wish may contribute to the Special Olympics Wisconsin, Inc., 2310 Crossroads Drive Suite 1000, Madison, WI 53718 in memory of Phyllis and Rosalie Koenigs.
Published in Fond du Lac Reporter on Apr. 7, 2013