Dean Peitersen, 76, of Oconto Falls, beloved husband of 57 years to Diane (Grenke) Peitersen, departed this life peacefully on Saturday, February 2, 2019 after a courageous battle with cancer. Dean was born on February 14, 1942 to Ervin Sr. and Eleanor (Rhode) in Oconto Falls, WI.
He grew up on his family farm in the town of Morgan where his love of farming was kindled. After graduating from Oconto Falls High School in 1960 he began his plumbing career which would last 51 years. Dean and Diane owned and operated United Plumbing & Heating from 1974 up until 2011. At this time they sold the plumbing business to his son, David and daughter-in-law, Lisa. Dean continued to work part-time as his health and time permitted.
Dean was an avid outdoorsman who loved to shoot trap, hunt, fish and adventure out West to fulfill his passion. He lived for the days of cutting, raking and baling hay with his family. After a long hot summer day you would find him seated on his porch with a cold beer in hand admiring the fruits of his labor. He loved his Harleys and touring with his wife, family and friends. Dean’s never-ending attraction to motors was evident in so many ways - from riding or repairing old cars, snowmobiles, ATV’s, lawnmowers, chainsaws, tractors and golf carts. We all knew that if it was broke, Dean could fix it! Camping, country music festivals and making wood were also favorite pastimes.
Dean is survived by his loving wife, Diane and children, David (Lisa) Peitersen and Danna (Duane) Magnin along with four very special granddaughters: Stephanie and Hailey Peitersen and Ally and Emmie Magnin. He is also further survived by one brother, Ervin “Bob” (Joan) Peitersen, one sister, Cheryl (Pat) Kelly and one brother-in-law, Roger (Dawn) Grenke, along with many nieces and nephews.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents and in-laws, Julius and Lillian Grenke.
Memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9:30am - 12:30pm with a memorial service to follow at Grace Lutheran Church, 501 S. Main Street, Oconto Falls.
The Peitersen family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff of Green Bay Oncology with special thanks for Dr. Michael Volk and Dr. Ruth Warren for their loving care, the entire staff of Heartland Hospice, and the many special friends and neighbors who showed their love and support throughout this difficult time.