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“I just wanted to extend my sympathies to Diane, Jeff, Caroline and family regarding the passing of Deane.  He was a wonderful person with a...Read More »
1 of 14 | Posted by: Lisa Storry - Wausau, WI

“I want to express my condolence to Deane's family and friends.  I have known Deane for many years and he will be missed.  He is a great guy ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: gary rusch - weston, WI

“Jeff and Kar, Nate and I are so sorry to hear about your dad.  We know how hard it is to lose a parent - please let us know if you need anything...Read More »
3 of 14 | Posted by: Nate and Gina Erickson - PLYMOUTH, MN

“I am so sorry to hear about your dad, The loss of a parent is so hard, my thoughts and prayers go out to you, and your family.  I don't know you...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Kerry Gruening - Wausau, WI

“Sincere thoughts are with you in this time of loss and sadness.  Deane was an awesome person.  Very friendly and kind.  Always helpful...Read More »
5 of 14 | Posted by: David and Lori Messerschmidt - WI

“Deane was such a wonderful person!  He was hands-down our favorite cashier at Culver's on Bridge St. We are regular patrons (sometimes as often...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: Lori & Jeffrey Kostecki - Wausau, WI

“You have my deepest sympathy on the death of a wonderful person. He never had a bad word to say about anyone, and talked to the underdog at school. ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: barbara j bohm (nikolai) - Wausau, WI

“I send my heartfelt sympathy to Caroline and family.  I regret that I cannot arrange a flight in time for the funeral on Saturday, I will be...Read More »
8 of 14 | Posted by: Carol (Wurster) Campbell - CO

“Deanne graduated from Wausau High School with my brother and Deanne remembered that on one of my visits to Culver's.  He always asked about my...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Joan Kuehl - Wausau, WI

“It was with extreme sadness that I acknowledge the passing of a great man, who, by his life, showed that kind and gentle people can finish first. ...Read More »
10 of 14 | Posted by: Donald Hagengruber - Englewood, CO

“I go to Culvers a few times a month for lunch, and i always went to Deane's line.  He was such a nice, soft spoken, polite man. He always had a...Read More »
11 of 14 | Posted by: jodi

“He was such a nice man. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: jo - Wausau, WI

“My heart goes out to the Ninnemann family. ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: Micah Hanson

“Hey Jeff and Kar!We am SO sorry to hear about your dad.  We want you to know that we are thinking about you both and your whole family - you are...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Sue Boxrud - St Paul, MN


Deane Ninnemann, 59, Wausau, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.


Deane was born February 24, 1951 in Wausau to Caroline (Schuetz) and the late Melvin Ninnemann.   He was the class president and valedictorian of Wausau High School class of 1969.  Deane graduated from Luther College, Decorah, IA Summa Cum Laude with a degree in mathematics.  He worked for Wausau Insurance Company upon graduation from college and became an actuary.  He married Melanie Ohnstad on August 30, 1975 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Wausau where he was a member and she was the organist.  They moved to Phoenix, AZ in the winter of 1977 where he worked as an actuary at an insurance company.  While in Arizona, the couple welcomed the birth of their son, Jeffrey, who was born in 1981.  The family later moved to Minneapolis, MN where Deane worked for the Mercer Company until his retirement.    Deane moved back to Wausau in December 2002 and worked part time for Culvers.


As a young man, he enjoyed school, golf and getting together with his many friends.  He also played the accordion in his free time.  Deane enjoyed music and sang in the choir as a youth and throughout his life.  He was a faithful member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church for much of his life.  He liked traveling, fishing and being with family and friends.  Deane especially looked forward to his trips west to spend time with Jeff and his wife, Karin, in California.  He spoke often of how proud he was of Jeff and the joy that Jeff brought to his life.  


Deane is survived by his son, Jeff (Karin) Ninnemann of Moorpark, CA; mother, Caroline Ninnemann of Wausau; brother, Duane (Vicky) Ninnemann of Ringle; sister, Diane (Aaron) Krueger of Wausau; ex-wife, Melanie of St. Louis Park, MN; and many more extended family and friends.


A memorial service will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church.  Reverend Gary Froseth will be officiating.  Visitation will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday at the church and conclude at the time of service at noon.  You may sign our family guestbook at www.helke.com.  The Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Stephen Lutheran Church or the Salvation Army.


Deane will forever be remembered as a kind, gentle and caring man who touched the hearts of those around him.

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