. In accordance with Deane’s wishes, private funeral services will be held. Anyone wishing to do so may gather at the family home on Sunday, May 21st at 2:00 p.m. to share happy and loving memories of Deane. (address: 6225 1st Street, Racine). The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, please consider memorial remembrances to Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, Kenosha, WI.
Deane Darlington Sharpe, 82, passed away May 9, 2017 at Oak Ridge Care Center in Union Grove. He was born in Racine on July 25, 1934, the son of Ellwood and Isabelle Sharpe. On October 1, 1954, he was united in marriage to Jody Doris Lentz. Deane and Jody shared 56 years of marriage before Jody’s death in December 2010. Deane worked most of his life as an Operating Engineer. He was proud to belong to Operating Engineers Local 139 Union. Besides being an excellent machinery and grader operator, Deane also had a love for all of the pets he and Jody had throughout the years. His passion for animals extended to all of the birds and wildlife on their ten acre property, caring for all. His home was licensed by the National Wildlife Federation as a wildlife habitat, for which they were proud supporters. As well, he was a man that could repair, fix or build virtually anything – a talented jack of all trades – that was willing to help many. Surviving Deane are his four daughters, Sue Sharpe and her husband Alan Pinkerman of Goodfield, IL, Debra Wrobel of Kenosha, Gail Sharpe of Racine, and Kerry Sharpe of Whitewater; grandchildren Isak (Kym) Wold of Austin, TX, Melissa (Dean) Eckstron of Sauk City, Erik Pinkerman of Austin, TX, Sara Pinkerman of Savannah, GA, Nathan (Amanda) Wrobel of Belvidere, IL, Laura (Bill) Robinson of Kenosha, WI, Jill (Carl) Rumachik of Oregon, WI and Natalie Slater of Appleton, WI. Great grandchildren include: Lyla Rose, Leo, Riley, Leif, Rilynn, Julia Kate, Millie, Vivian and Max. Sister-in-Law Carol Sharpe, of Hill City, SD also survives him. Deane was preceded in death by his sister Isabelle Law of Sturtevant, WI who passed away October 15th, 2016 and his brother Ellwood Sharpe of Hill City, SD who passed on September 2012. Many special neighbors, friends, and relatives were a part of Deane’s special memories