Nick KinzigerIssue Date: March 25, 2020
Nick "The Bear" Kinziger, 76, passed away early morning, March 20, 2020, with his wife Peg by his side after battling health issues over the past few years, even though he worked hard to turn his health around.
Born Dec. 16, 1943, the first born of eight children, to Alfred and Marion (Maloney) Kinziger, he graduated from Coleman High School and helped with the family business at Kinziger Meat Lockers in Pound, while pursuing a high school football and wrestling career. As a Junior, he qualified to compete at State in the 180 pound division. His wrestling coach, Jim Douglas nicknamed him, Nicholas George Murray Butler Kinziger Esquire Jr.
A Crivitz area neighboring dairy farmer discovered a black bear going through his corn field at night eating the corn cobs, so he asked Nick and his brothers to rid him of the pest. One evening, he and his brothers created a noisy diversion and as the bear approached, he killed the bear. Coach Douglas heard of his adventure and nicknamed him "The Bear".
He earned a Bachelors of Science and Master's Degree from UW-Oshkosh and on Dec. 28, 1963, he married Dorothy Mae O'Brien of Amberg. They lived north of Lena where they had Nik-A-Doo Farm where they were active in raising show and race horses and a few show dogs.
On Nov. 2, 2002, he married Margaret (Peg) Winters from Phelps, where she owned Sand Lake Pub and Wintersland Storage and they lived in Crivitz on Left Foot Lake where he enjoyed watching the deer and birds and kept a daily diary for over 41 years.
He taught in the Goodman School District and then taught Science/Chemistry at Oconto Falls Washington Middle School for 33 years. There he coached the team to many titles and state championships. He retired in 1999 and a year ago was inducted into the Panther Area Wrestling Hall of Fame.
After retirement, he enjoyed the outdoors, was an avid fisherman, hunter and snowmobiler and in earlier days he enjoyed golfing and riding his motorcycle. He also liked watching "Judge' shows, telling Alexa to play something and morning breakfasts with the boys club at the restaurant, but mostly, time with his buddies, brothers and nephews at the cabin. He loved going to his daughters home to play with her puppies. He was a good cook, had a good singing voice and was an avid Packer and Brewers fan.
Surviving are his wife, Peg Winters-Kinziger; a daughter, Nikkie; brothers and sisters, Pat (Joanne), Fred, (Shirley), Ann Cornelius (Paul), Kathy Gilbertson (Jim), Kristy Baenen (Wayne) and Michelle Schounard (Mike); a sister-in-law, Shirley Kinziger; Godsons, Nick Gilbertson and Seth Schounard; many nieces; nephews; other relatives and many friends of past and present.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Colin; a brother-in-law, Paul and a nephew, Christopher.
Due to the current crisis our country is facing, no service will be held at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a date to be determined. Feel free to visit the "In Memory of Nick the Bear Memorial" page on Facebook to make comments, leave stories, or upload photos. Memorial details for the service can be seen there or at Rhodescharapata.com to express online condolences.
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