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Allen George Denninger
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Obituary for Allen George Denninger

Allen G Denninger, age 70, of Rhinelander, died on December 22, 2017, at his home. He was born on June 17, 1947 in Milwaukee, Wi to Milton and Verona (Bues) Denninger.

In 2013 Al was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia due to his exposure to “ agent orange “. He served in the army in 1967-1968 as Military police in the republic of Vietnam. In August of 1968 he was awarded the Army commendation medal for “ heroism with a V for valor “.

On his return he joined the Milwaukee fire department as a firefighter and EMT and retired after 32 years of service. He had many stories to tell, some funny some not funny at all. He loved his job because it also enabled him to be a fishing guide on his days off. He guided on our local lakes in Oneida and Vilas County but was known for his success on the Chippewa flowage in the Hayward area. He worked mostly out of Indian Trail resort and he could make a slow fishing outing into a memorable one. He also received national attention for a ghost sighting he and his client encountered on Ghost Island while fishing the Big Chip. This experience was published in the book “Haunted Wisconsin”.

Al caught the largest Musky in the United States in 1984. Of course that record has been broken but it was quite an honor. He gave many seminars at the Milwaukee sport shows where he had a booth to sell his “skimmer bucktails “. Many a kid walked out with a free bucktail, just because he showed interest in the sport and he enjoyed seeing a kid interested in the great outdoors. He also worked for Miller Brewing “ Friends of the Field “ for a short time and wrote articles for the local Hayward paper, The Sawyer county record and other outdoor magazines. He was on board with Mark Abramoff in 1986 with the invention of “ Ralph Marlin “ fish ties. Al also ventured into the realm of gold plating and in later years ran a very successful painting and staining business. I was a travel agent for 33 years which enabled us to see the world together and make memories I will forever treasure.

At one time Al was an avid golfer and he got a hole in one at Timber Ridge, and a double eagle at Songbird golf course. During the late fall season it was all Musky until November when he was a very successful whitetail hunter and harvested a deer almost every year. Even this year on opening day he shot an 8 pointer although he was suffering with eye cancer, lung cancer, and liver cancer. Five days later he was air lifted to Marshfield with bleeding in his brain. He never gave up but his body finally did at 1pm on December 22 at home with me by his side.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents Milt and Ronnie Denninger and his step-son Jim Biga. He is loved and missed by me, Barbara ( Bunny ) his wife of 42 years , his step-daughter Karen ( Norm ) Koller from North Carolina, step-son Kevin ( Julie ) Grall from Brown deer Wisconsin, 8 grandkids Kyle ( Kayla),Craig ( Katie ) and Rachel Koller and Elijah, Nathan, Jonah, Luke, Joseph Grall.Sister-in-laws Roxane ( Gary ) Kapp, Mary ( Gerry ) Keller, Kristen Hadler, and nieces Melanie( Erick) Kappus and Danyel ( Andy ) Boak and his nephews Jake Theisen and Matthew Hadler.

He will especially be missed by his furry kids, Shelby, Xena, Mellow, Jasmine.

Special thanks to Dr. Yasar, Dr. Laurence, Samantha and all the medical personal who helped to make him comfortable. I along with Al appreciate all the attention and help received from his hunting, fishing, golfing buddies and members of the Newcomers group, family and other friends. If you wish to make a donation, Al’s favorite charity is” Guiding eyes for the blind ” which trains puppies to be guide and service dogs.

I am sure St. Peter at the “ Golden Gates “ is rolling his eyes listening to Al say “ have I ever told you the one about……”

Love you Babe, Bunny

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, January 12, 2017 at 11:00 AM, with a time to visit with Al’s family from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, all at the Holy Family Catholic Church on Hwy J in Woodruff, WI. You may leave your private condolences for the Denninger family at The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving Allen’s family.

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Woodruff, Wisconsin 54568





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Woodruff, Wisconsin 54568


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