Dennis David Nickle | Oconomowoc obituaries


Dennis David Nickle

Dec 25, 1940 – Oct 31, 2022

Dennis David Nickle

“It’s your nickel, shoot!”

Dennis David Nickel, 81, of Shepherd, Montana – father, grandpa, great-grandfather, little brother and friend – left on October 31, 2022 for his final hunting trip.

Denny was born on December 25, 1940 in Waukesha. He was the third of four boys born to Lois L. and Orville H. Nickel. In 1958 he graduated from Oconomowoc High School. After graduation, he joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard. In 1961, Denny married the love of his life, Lois J. Fiedler. Active duty took the newlyweds to Fort Lewis, Washington, where daughter Wendy was born on the base. Denny was honorably discharged and returned home to join the family’s garbage disposal business. Soon after, their son Russ was born, completing their family. After selling Commercial Waste, Denny and Lois started a new business with Indian Mound Nursery on the family farmland. Meanwhile, he worked as a heavy equipment mechanic, a Delafield volunteer firefighter, a board member for the City of Summit, and raised horses. In 1990 they retired to Columbus, Montana. After 42 years of marriage, Lois passed away. A year later, Denny was lucky enough to find love again with Barb Walborn, bringing with him a whole new family to enjoy all of his favorite outdoor activities with. After 11 years together, Barb passed away in 2016.

Denny’s fun-loving adventures were endless. From fly-in fishing in Canada, road cruising, whitewater canoeing, Mississippi River cabin cruises, mountaineering, gold wingin’, camping and everything in between. He also enjoyed backpacking with Barb in Motherland (Germany). Later, big game hunting with his brother Ron turned into hunting small predators and it was quality time together. History and his gun collection were also a passion, with a little John Wayne thrown in for fun.

“I’ve tried to live my life so that my family loves me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever they want.” – John Wayne

Denny was preceded by his parents in death; Mrs. Lois; his only granddaughter Laura Gunderson; his brothers Tim (infant) and Jerry Nickel; and companion, Barb.

He is survived by daughters Wendy (Dwain), Taylor and Bryson Hould of Columbus, Montana; son Russ (Ann) Nickel, Isaiah and Zachairah Morse of Billings, Montana; grandsons Brad (Jessica), Carter, Emrie and Ethan Gunderson of Sullivan, Wisconsin; Brother Ron (Jan) Nickel of Cave Creek, Arizona; sister-in-law Laura Nickel of Apache Junction, Arizona; Barbs Family, Kymm (Steve) Stark of Billings; Ed (Phyrne) fuck by Billings; and many more friends and family. Further survived by his girlfriend Nina Niles of Shepherd, Montana.

Honorary pallbearers include Ron Duckworth, Jim Robinson, Lee Hersrud, Steve Burgess, Joe Holden and Harlan Lund. It was time to go. He was burning daylight!

The cremation has taken place. A memorial service and burial in Mountain View, Columbus, Montana will be held at a later date.

Memorials can be erected at any No Kill shelter in memory of Denny’s beloved dogs, Bear, Rex, and Monty. “Keep your powder dry!”