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Kenneth L. Derpinghaus
Kenneth Lee Derpinghaus, 77, Suring, passed away on Monday, Oct. 14.
Born Aug. 5, 1936 to Frank and Irene Derpinghaus, he attended West De Pere High School, had different jobs and in that time met his future wife, Shirley and they were married in April of 1957.
He worked at the Brown County Highway Department and then they opened Village Liquor Store in 1969 and operated it until his retirement. Throughout his life he was a Mason, helped start the Howard Optimist Club and the Howard Volunteer Fire Department. After retiring, the couple moved to Mountain where he joined the Suring Methodist Church and had also been a member of St. Paul Methodist Church of Green Bay before moving. Being up north was his passion and he loved being able to feed all the animals, putz in his garage and took pride in his trap shooting.
He is survived by three children, Sheila (Cal Corby) Derpinghaus, Vicki (Al McAllister) Derpinghaus and Steve and Theresa Derpinghaus; two grandchildren; siblings, Merle (Mary) Derpinghaus, Nancy (Paul) Gustafson, Pat (Carol) Derpinghaus and Marylin (Gene) Derpinghaus; two sisters-in-law, Patsy Dennison and Betty (Dean) Lewis and many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Shirley; his parents; in-laws; and a sister, Jean Wilcox.
Friends called at the Suring United Methodist Church on Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dan Nault officiating. Visitation continued on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Pfotenhauer Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Howard-Suamico.
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