1949 Dennis 2011

Dennis L. Vorpahl

August 24, 1949 — July 4, 2011

Dennis Vorpahl, age 61, was suddenly called home to heaven while on vacation in South Carolina. Dennis was born in Appleton on August 24, 1949, son of the late Leonard and Elberta (Bourassa) Vorpahl. He was a 1967 graduate of Fox Valley Lutheran High School, and studied at Milwaukee�s Layton School of Art, graduating in 1971. At that time, he returned to Appleton and began working with his parents and brothers in the family business Рa furniture and upholstery shop. In the early 1980�s Dennis opened his own business, Dennis Vorpahl Design Concepts. Over the years, Dennis had become one of the premier interior design consultants and furniture specialists in the Valley. He had a keen eye for design and art and for that reason loved painting and architecture. Dennis was a former member of the Little Chute Kiwanis, and was a current member of the Greenville Civic Club and the Montego Bay, Jamaica Kiwanis Club. Jamaica was one of his favorite vacation spots, and he traveled there often to help build and reconstruct homes. Dennis had a zest for life � he loved having fun and fishing with friends, telling stories, and sometimes doing crazy things, believe it or not.

Survivors include two daughters: Renee Vorpahl of Oshkosh, her children Alex, Chloe, and Jacob, and her fianc� Mike Peterson; and Erin (Jeff) Huettl of Hortonville and their children Hunter and Chase; two step-daughters: Karen (Bret) Pemble of Combined Locks and their children Brianna and Brady; and Vickie Johnson of Combined Locks and her children Kendra and Austin; three brothers: Robert (Althea) Vorpahl of Eureka, California; Steven (Angela) Vorpahl of California; and Timothy (Shaunna) Vorpahl of Appleton; several nieces and nephews: Victoria Vorpahl, Joseph (Theresa) Vorpahl, Benjamin Vorpahl, Andrew Vorpahl, and Elisa Vorpahl. Dennis is also survived by his former wives: Laura Hinzman of Seattle and Kathy Vorpahl-Gillis of Cascade, Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a granddaughter: Kylie.

The Christian Funeral for Dennis will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 900 N. Mason Street in Appleton with Rev. Judy Deckert officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM and again Tuesday at the church from 9:30 AM until the hour of the service.

Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911

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