Dennis M. Nieland, Waupaca, WI, age 76, died on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at Appleton Medical Center in Appleton, WI from complications associated with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He was born on November 29, 1934, the son of Oliver and Lillian (Hauschultz) Nieland. He married Beverly J. Frazier on March 30, 1957 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Manawa, WI. Dennis is survived by his wife, Beverly of Waupaca, son, Steven (LaDonna) Nieland of Waupaca, granddaughter, Laura Nieland of Waupaca and special friend; Robbie Hipschman, twin brother; DuWayne (Beverly) Nieland of Appleton, other siblings; Donna Trinrud of Waupaca, DeLyle “Pete” (Joanne) Nieland of Green Bay, Marlene (Darrell) Timm of Clintonville, Diane (Marvin) Beyersdorf of Tigerton, and Gary (Diane) Nieland of Shiocton, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Ron (Marion) Frazier of Pahrump, NV, Denis (Cindy) Frazier of Clintonville, and Larry (Marilyn) Bauer of New London, god-children; Deb (Carlson) Wright, Kris (Trinrud) Imm, Tami (Hansen) Walkush, Jennifer Schley, Suzie (Frazier) Williams, and Laura Frazier, good friend; Gaylord Hansen of Waupaca, special aunts; Irene Piotter and Edna Wurth, and many special nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; Oliver and Lillian Nieland, father-in-law and mother-in-law; Loran and Evelyn Frazier, brother-in-law; Thomas Trinrud, nephew; Jamie Timm, niece; Pamela Sue Bauer, and a god child; Michael Lee Nieland. Dennis was proud to serve his country in the U.S. Army following the Korean War from May of 1956 until he was honorably discharged in May of 1958. He had been stationed in Korea for one year and at Fort Lewis, Washington for one year working in the finance and accounting department. He had been employed with the Waupaca County Highway Department for 39 years, retiring in January of 1997 as a Patrol Superintendent. He had been a very active member of the Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church of Waupaca, and had served on the finance committee, the building and grounds committee, and the Board of Elders. Dennis had many interests including long morning strolls, fishing both summer and winter (whether it be in Wisconsin or Minnesota), morning coffee hour at the restaurant, helping relatives, friends, or the church with projects, and cooking meals and baking pies for Bev. A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM at the Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Waupaca, WI with the Rev. Jeffrey Holtan, officiating. Military honors will be observed immediately following the funeral service. Interment will be in the Little Wolf Cemetery near Manawa, WI. A visitation will be held at the Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca, WI on Sunday, January 2, 2011 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, and again on Monday morning from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the church. Memorials can be directed to the Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church of Waupaca, WI in the name of Dennis M. Nieland. The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca, WI is assisting the family with arrangements.
Thank you Den for being the loving, caring, husband that you were. You were my soul mate, my best friend, and my rock. Thanks for always being there for me through the good and the bad times. My love will be with you forever and ever. Your loving wife, Bev.
Dad and Grandpa, Thank you for your generosity and kindness through the years. Your quiet, gentle spirit was an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for showing us that loving God is best shown not by what you do during a church service, but outside of one. Finally, thank you for the gift of your time, a gift you gave joyfully. Not a day will go by the rest of our lives that we will not think of you and miss your loving presence. We love you so much!! Steve, LaDonna, and Laura.
Uncle Dennis,Thank you for all the wonderful memories you have given us. From the trips to Florida, Brewer Games, and spending time together at family outings, we remember them all as being happy and fun, and we always looked forward to spending that time with you and Aunt Bev. Next to our own father, you were always such a great role model to us. Your actions were always positive, and you were somebody we wanted to be like. You always took the time for us, dropping everything you were doing to help us with what we needed. The world needs more men that treat their wives with love and respect, just like you did. The relationship you and Aunt Bev shared is one that all couples should model. You were always faithful to our Father, and we know you are with Him right now looking over us. We are going to miss you so much, but we rejoice in the fact that we will see you again, along with our sister Pam, in our Heavenly home. Love Always, Jenny and Leanne.
Special thanks to Dennis’ twin brother, DuWayne, and his brother-in-law, Larry for sitting at his side at the hospital. Thank you also to the doctors and staff at Appleton Medical Center, Riverside Medical Center, and Theda Care Physicians.