In keeping with his wish, a private memorial service was held.
Dieter R. Fenkl, 75, passed away at Ascension-All Saints on Monday, January 9, 2023. He was born in Ansbach, Germany, on May 1, 1947, the son of the late Alois “Louie” and Katharina “Karin” (née: Nickerl) Fenkl. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1955 at the age of eight.
After graduating from Washington Park High School, Class of ‘66, Dieter entered the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. On August 15, 1970, at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, he was united in marriage with Roberta Tilidetzke, who was his childhood sweetheart since the second grade. Dieter was employed by Twin Disc for over 42 years, retiring in Summer 2015. He was a member of the Deutscher Manner Verein and the Twin Disc 20 Year Club. Dieter enjoyed classic cars, golfing, bowling, watching TV with his family, trips to Las Vegas, and doing scratch off lottery tickets.
Surviving are his beloved wife, Roberta; children, Richard (Jennifer) of Racine, Michael (Paula) Fenkl of Kenosha, Kevin (Kristan) Fenkl, Kristy (Shane) Rangel, and Brian (Danielle) Fenkl, all of Racine; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Randy) Sorensen, Stephani (Edsel) Cruz, Rhonda (Tyler Townsend) Rangel, Jacob Fenkl, Savannah Fenkl, Trevor Rangel, Zander Rangel, Cole Rangel, Charlotte Fenkl, and Aidan Fenkl; great-grandchildren, Derrick Sorensen, Rylee Sorensen, Leo Cruz, Presley Cruz, and Ryane Cruz; brothers, Eric “Rick” (Stan Pierce) Fenkl and Ronald (Cari) Fenkl; his four-legged girls, Tasha, Tera, and Tanya. Nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends also survive him. In addition to his parents, Dieter was preceded in death by an infant daughter Michelle, brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Sharon Fenkl, and father-in-law and mother-in-law Robert and Alice Tilidetzke.
Bob & Jean Modrow, Racine, WI says
Bob & I are thankful that our 2 daughters (Jennifer and Kristan) married Dieter & Bobbi’s 2 sons (Richard & Kevin). We share a special bond, as each couple gave birth to beautiful children that became first/first cousins and are close to this day. We are praying for the Fenkl family. Dieter was (and will continue to be) a forever presence in their lives. We are grateful for shared family events and shared memories.
Frank Booker & Michele Ebener says
Frank and I have truely enjoyed being part of the Fenkl family since our daughter Danielle married Brian. They welcomed us with with family love and included us in all adventures and family events. Dieter will be missed.
Jamey Strempler and Rob Modrow says
Rob and I are sending our deepest condolences and love to the Fenkl family. May you remember all the great memories and fun times that you had with Dieter.
Kathryn R Boero says
So glad to have met Mr. Fenkl at Brian and Dani’s wedding reception many years ago! He was a special person who brought so much happiness and joy to those around him.
Sending love and my deepest condolences.
Mark McKinney says
Sorry for your loose. My condolence goes out to the entire family.
Alicia Gasser says
My deepest sympathies to the entire Fenkl family. May you find some comfort in all of your memories of Dieter in the days ahead.
Scott Davis says
Worked with this guy for many years. His humor was off the cuff, but always made me laugh. He will be missed.
Herbert Jekel says
My sincere condolences to the Family of Dieter, i have known Dieter from the German Club and we worked together for many years, i will miss him.
Dave Schimanski says
We are sorry to hear about Dieter, we had alot of good times while working at Twin Disc and at the German Club. Our condolences to the family.
Dave & Fay Schimanski
Tom Mussa says
Sorry for your loss.
Rick and Sharon White says
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
William Sexauer says
May you rsst in peace Dieter you will be missed.
Rhonda and Bill
Our respects and condolences to the family!
God Bless you all!
Rest in Peace Dieter.
From the old neighborhood!
Ingrid and Ryan Thompson