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Dennis Paul Trembly

May 11, 1933 — May 28, 2024

Oshkosh

Dennis P. Trembly, age 91, passed away on Tuesday May 28, 2024, at Touchmark Senior Living in Appleton.

He was born on May 11, 1933 in Tracy, Minnesota to Paul and Pearl Ankrum Trembly.  He grew up on a farm in southwestern Minnesota during the Great Depression and his early life as a child was difficult. In 1951 he determined to set out on his own and headed to St. Paul where he found employment at Mid-West Spring. While working there he met the love of his life and his future wife Barbara B. Burg.  They married on October 13, 1956, in Tyler, Minnesota while Dennis was on leave from active duty with the United States Army based out of Fort Lewis in Tacoma, WA   

After the wedding they relocated to Renton, WA so Dennis could finish his active-duty obligation. He was honorably discharged in late 1957, and Dennis found employment at Renton Coil Spring at which time they had the first of their children. After the passing of his father-in-law in 1959, they relocated to Oshkosh to be closer to Barb’s mother and together they founded Oshkosh Coil Spring Inc. to fill the local spring manufacturing void that existed in central Wisconsin. Dennis grew the business over the ensuing 39 years before selling to his sons in 1998. When he wasn’t working, he enjoyed boating, fishing, restoring old vehicles, riding around on his tractor, and was an aviation enthusiast and enjoyed attending EAA and being around planes. He never missed the opportunity to attend his kids and grandkids various sporting activities over the years and spending time with family.  During the 1980’s he founded the Christian Cinema in Oshkosh at the former site of Plymouth Congregational Church and sold popcorn that he dubbed “Ronnie Corn” during Ronald Reagan’s 1984 campaign stop and speech across from the county courthouse. He and Barb spent their golden years in retirement at The Villages in Florida.

Dennis is survived by his children Janeice Betchwars, Wayne (Heidi) Trembly, Jeffrey (Ann) Trembly, Denise (Drew) Niehans, nine grandchildren Tessa Betchwars, Colten (Lauren) Betchwars, Jason Trembly, Chelsea (Chris) Huszar, Alexa Trembly, Zachary Trembly, Jessica Trembly, Alyson (Chance) Niehans, Alexander Niehans, and six great-grandchildren, as well as one older brother George (Eleanor) Trembly of Wind Lake, WI.

Dennis was proceeded in death by his wife Barbara, his mother Pearl Drake, his step-father Percy Drake, his father Paul Trembly, and his grandson Riley Betchwars.

The family would like to thank Home Instead Senior Care of Appleton (Kelly, Mary, Jennifer, Melissa) for their compassion and kindness in addition to the staff at Aurora Hospice (Lisa, Jess, and Kelly) who provided excellent care.

Funeral Services will be held on June 3, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church 1325 Georgia St. Oshkosh with the Rev. Rick Hopkins officiating.  Visitation for Dennis will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Burial will take place at Lake View Memorial Park.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, please direct donations to the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Founders Scholarship Fund.
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