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David A. Trefethren

September 14, 1962 — April 4, 2021

David A. Trefethren, age 58, passed away unexpectedly after a brief battle with illness on April 4, 2021.

Dave was born in Duluth, Minnesota on September 14th, 1962, son of Ken Trefethren and the late Claudia Trefethren. He graduated from Duluth East High School. After Graduation he relocated to Neenah, Wisconsin in pursuit of his bride to be. He married Sue Trefethren on June 24, 1983 and they built a home together in Greenville where they raised their two boys. He was a dedicated employee at Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 34 years, until his retirement in December of 2018. He was extremely proud of his role in the development of a diaper for premature babies.

In his retirement, he spent as much time as possible with his three beloved Grandchildren, his Family, and his Friends. He also treasured his Wednesdays and Thursdays taking care of his grandson Kenrich. Dave will always be remembered for his amazing sense of humor, his ability to fix anything, and a willingness to help anyone in need. He was a man that would give you the shirt off his back. Dave also enjoyed traveling, making his own wine, and perfecting his fire making skills to be sure he provided a warm and cozy place for people to gather when they visited. 

Dave is survived by his wife, Sue Trefethren; sons, Bill (Michelle) Trefethren and Andy (Danielle) Trefethren; 4 grandchildren, Ella and Liam Trefethren, Kenrich Trefethren and Baby Trefethren (due August 2021); parents, Ken and (Jeri) Trefethren; brothers: Randy (Barb) Trefethren, Tim (Rhonda) Trefethren, Steve (Christine Drees) Trefethren, Joe Trefethren; sisters-in-law, Dawn (Chris) Pieper, Karen (Steve) Benedict; best friend, Kevin (Rhonda) Sizemore; nieces and nephews, Josh, Brandon, Jeramy, Shaye, Derek, Auriel, Rachel, Ryan, Becka, Amanda, Kobi, Grace, Zach, Emma, and Sarah; numerous other dear family and friends.

Dave is preceded in death by Claudia Trefethren; in-laws, Roy and Rhoda Benedict; and uncle and aunt, David and Aunt Carol Kreiling.

Family and friends may visit from 3-6 PM on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Wichmann Funeral Home, Tri-County Chapel, 1592 Oneida St. Menasha, WI 54952, A Funeral Service for Dave will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 at Appleton Alliance Church, 2693 Grand Chute Blvd. Appleton, WI 54913. Family and friends may visit from 9-10 AM on Saturday, April 10 at the church. Interment will follow the service in St. Patrick Cemetery, Highway 76, Stephensville, Wisconsin.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the medical staff at Froedtert Hospital and ThedaCare Hospital Neenah. Your kindness and loving care will always be remembered by our grateful family. A Special thanks to Ryan H (RN) at Froedtert for his going above and beyond in helping us through the difficult journey that was Dave’s last days. 

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Service Schedule

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Saturday, April 9, 2022

3:00 - 6:00 pm

Wichmann Funeral Home Tri-County Chapel

1592 Oneida St, Menasha, WI 54952

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am

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Sunday, April 10, 2022

Starts at 12:30 pm

St. Patrick Cemetery

, Stephensville, WI 54944

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