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Daniel E. Tenpas
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Daniel Ervin “Dan” Tenpas, age 69, of Town of Rhine, passed away at home, where he was surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, February 2, 2018, following a brief illness.
He was born in Sheboygan on October 17, 1948, son of the late Ervin and Margaret (Ramaker) Tenpas.

Dan attended local grade schools and graduated from Elkhart Lake High School in 1966. Following high school, he served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany from 1967-1970.

On April 24, 1971, he married Suzanne Mayer at Holy Name Catholic Church in Sheboygan.

Dan's grandfather and father were both farmers, and Dan followed in their footsteps. He had helped out on the farm growing up, then purchased his own farm in Town Rhine. Dan also worked at Gilson Brothers from 1966 until 1980. In 1980, his father passed away and Dan took over the family farm and continued to operate it until his illness.

In addition to farming, Dan loved to watch the Packers, attend his grandchildren’s sporting events, going to the stock car races on Saturday nights with Dave TenPas, deer hunting on his land, and snowmobiling. He was a member of the Louis Corners Snowmobile Club, and also belonged to the Plymouth VFW Post 5612.

Survivors include: His loving wife: Sue Tenpas; Two daughters: Shelly (Darrick) Steiner of Plymouth and Marsha (Paul) Dirks of Elkhart Lake; Five grandchildren: Eli and Cora Steiner, and Jenna, Joseph, and Katelyn Dirks; Brothers: Tom Tenpas of Poynette, Russ (Sue) Tenpas of Valencia, CA, Jim (Sandy) TenPas of Elkhart Lake, and Clay (Margaret) Seehaver of Plymouth; One sister: Nancy (Jeff) Johnson of Glenbeulah; Brother-in-law: Randy (Terri) Mayer of Sheboygan; Sister-in-law: Diann TenPas of Plymouth; Special cousin: Garry (Donna) TenPas of Cascade; Special friends: Henry (Sandy) Muesegades of Plymouth and Terry (Barb) Groh of Elkhart Lake.

He is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Dan was preceded in death by: His parents; Sister: Mary Ellen Myers; Brother: Dave TenPas; and Step-mother: Pat TenPas.

Following Dan’s wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be no service or visitation.

The family would like to send special thanks to Dr. Pat Marsho of Sheboygan and Dr. Douglas Puffer, nurses and staff of Columbia St. Mary's Hospital of Mequon for the wonderful care and compassion given to Dan.


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