THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Charles H. Dettman, Jr.
Issue Date: August 27, 2014
Charles H. Dettman, Jr., of Greenfield, formerly of Marinette, passed away Aug. 24 at the Post Acute Medical Hospital in Milwaukee, following a battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Born July 1, 1952, in Menominee, Mi., to Barbara and Charles Dettman, he graduated from Marinette High School in 1970 and UW-Parkside in 1975, where he was a star athlete in cross country, long distance running and the steeplechase. His passion for running continued his entire life, and he won hundreds of competitive events.
On Oct. 19, 1973, he married Diane Berry, his college sweetheart, in Kenosha and they recently resided in Greenfield. He was a teacher, entrepreneur, licensed real estate broker and home builder. He founded Country Meadows Mobile Home Center and Realty, Dettman Construction Company, the Country Store and South Shore Properties,winning many industry awards. In 1996 and 1998, he ran for Congress in the 8th District. He attended law school at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
He loved his family, had a strong faith in Jesus, believed Gods hand was on him and that illness presented him with an opportunity to share his faith. He always gave to those who asked, and was known for his spirit of generosity.
He is survived by his wife, Diane; two sons, Isaac (Andrea), of Los Angeles, Ca. and Elisha, PhD, of Houston, Tx.; parents, Barbara and Charles Dettman of Green Bay; two sisters, Jewele (his Frog) (Thomas) Maki, of Oneida and Tina (Steve) Bielefeldt, of Green Bay; a brother, Rick (Lynn) Dettman, of Green Bay; a brother-in-law, Tim (Roseanne) Berry, of Kenosha; a sister-in-law, Barbara Berry, of Kenosha; uncle, Chester (Ellen) Nygren, of Milwaukee; nieces; nephews; relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by maternal and paternal grandparents; his parents-in-law, Woodrow and Daisy Berry; aunts; uncles and a cousin, Carl Nygren.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until time of a funeral service at noon on Thursday, Aug. 28 at Celebration Church, 3475 Humboldt Rd, Green Bay. Newcomer Funeral Home of Green Bay is assisting the family with arrangements.