David L. Denslow
David L. Denslow, age 75, of
Fond du Lac, peacefully passed away Friday, November 25, 2016 at home with his
loving wife and daughter at his side. His pulmonary fibrosis, asbestosis
and COPD contributed to his very recent heart failure. After he quit pipe
smoking 15 years ago, Dave’s mission was to save any smoker from being tethered
to an oxygen line like he was.
Dave was born December 1940, at St. Agnes Hospital, to Howard and Lenore
Denslow. He graduated from Goodrich High School in 1959.
He proudly served in the U.S.
Air Force at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, until honorable discharged in
Dave and Bonnie were married
in 1968, at Church of Peace, where they are members.
For over three decades, he
was a journeyman electrician at W.J. Leasa Electric. He enjoyed being
competitive, especially in golf, until failed back surgery in Milwaukee forced
him into early retirement. Dave and Bonnie then enjoyed many happy
seasons at their family cottage in Northern Wisconsin. Their shared love
of animals and nature was enhanced by loon, eagle, and sunset watching.
Two adorable grandchildren added to their special fun memories.
Dave loved God, his family, and America. He was protective, quick witted,
proudly patriotic, and convinced that “any job worth doing, was worth
doing right”. He enjoyed electronic gadgets and taking things apart
to see how they were made. He was opinionated, charming, and always
truthfully honest. Dave liked having “the right tool for the
job”, but when oxygen limited his activity, he fixed things with black
electrical tape, rawhide, and rubber bands. He was proud to be one
quarter Wisconsin Native American. Believing every dinner ends with
dessert, every jacket pocket needs a stash of candy, every afternoon means a
Snickers bar, and every evening with ice cream ends the day – Dave had a real
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Bonnie; children: Bret of Milpitas, California and Lisa (Mike)
Kachur of Neenah; and two grandchildren. He is further survived by his
sister, Pat (Jim) Emerich of Neshkoro; his nephew, Charles Balnis; cousins,
other relatives, friends and one stray pampered cat.
He was preceded in death by
his parents; a half-brother, Robert Denslow; other relatives and friends.
VISITATION: The visitation will be from
3:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel
& Crematory, 31 East Division Street, Fond du Lac, and on Friday from
10:00-11:00 a.m. at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory.
SERVICE: The funeral service will be
held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016, at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel
& Crematory with Rev. Jennifer Dawson officiating.
Burial will be in Estabrooks Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Church of Peace, Agnesian Hospice, or the Fond du
Lac Humane Society.
Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory is serving the family, www.kurkimachfuneralchapel.com.
A special warm thank you to Dr. Marik, Dr. Hatahet, and their nurses, for many
years of exceptionally conscientious care. We also thank the
compassionate nurses at Agnesian Hospice and Stormy at St. Agnes Hospital.