Ernst Denecke (1927 - 2013)

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Denecke, Ernst H.

Ernst Herman Denecke, age 86, of Sheboygan, died Tuesday morning, October 22, 2013.

He was born January 19, 1927 in Sheboygan, to Herman and Marie Joanne (Niehof) Denecke. He attended US Grant and Washington Elementary Schools and was a graduate of Sheboygan North High School, Class of 1945. Ernie then enlisted in the US Navy, serving during WW II, stationed in Hawaii. Following his honorable discharge in 1947 he attended MSOE before going to Firefighting School at Great Lakes. He continued to serve in the SeaBees in the Naval Reserve. For thirty-four years he was employed as a firefighter and a superintendent of facilities in Sheboygan, retiring in January of 1985. He was proud to have served on the Governor's Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Firefighter's Association.

On September 12, 1953 Ernie and Joanne Marie Schropp were united in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church in Sheboygan. She preceded him in death on October 27, 2009.

Ernie was a faithful member of The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer where he willingly served as usher, elder, and deacon over the years. He volunteered with the handicapped swim program and was a past Boy Scout leader and member of the Sheboygan area CBs as well as a volunteer and major blood donor for the American Red Cross. He and Joanne loved dancing to the sounds of Big Band music.

Ernie was known for creating, fixing and repairing or repurposing something that others might have found useless.

He will be missed for his stories, jokes and generosity. He will be known for his character and also for being one.

Ernie is survived by his children, Nancy (Ken) Hendren of Granite Bay, CA, Tom (Suzanne) Denecke of Minneapolis, MN, Jody (Raymond) Klammer of Milwaukee, and Marcy (Garett) Lindgren of Germantown; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Street of Sheboygan; and other relatives and friends.

A visitation in celebration of Ernie's life will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer in Sheboygan.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name.

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Published in Sheboygan Press on Oct. 25, 2013
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