On Saturday, October 29th, Denny Lamers passed away unexpectedly with family by his side.
Denny is survived by his wife of 37 years, Jan, his son TJ (Raegen) and daughter Jamie (Mark), and his grandchildren who were his best friends, Myah, Weston, Hazel, and Jones, as well as all of his loved ones from the Lamers and Chew families.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Steve, and other family members.
Denny was proud to have served his country in the Army, after which he studied engineering at the University of Wisconsin and (as Denny would say) earned his masters from the “school of hard knocks.”
Denny became a local business leader, working at McMahon since 1975, serving as president for 33 years. He was proud to have grown McMahon to be a top 500 engineering firm in the U.S. and always prioritized taking care of the employees and their families.
Denny's favorite activity was racing at Road America and other tracks around the country with his Lamers Motor Racing team. When he wasn’t driving a race car, he was happiest cutting grass by the lake, woodworking in his shop, and giving tractor rides to the grandkids who were the joy of his life.
Denny and Jan contributed to countless projects and causes in the Fox Valley area. In 2014, they founded the Lamers Family Foundation to focus more on giving back to their community, including helping people on an individual basis. Denny had a special place in his heart for helping improve quality of life for children in the area. Denny turned his passion for racing into an annual fundraiser event, the Lamers Driving Experience. It’s impossible to describe the positive impact Denny had on the community and those around him.
Denny will be placed at rest during a private service in Riverside Cemetery in Appleton.
To honor Denny’s memory, we are holding a celebration of life on Monday November 7th at Waverly Beach. Open house from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM with full military honors at 5:00 PM. We invite anyone who knew Denny to attend and remember his wonderful life.
The family requests those who wish to express sympathy - consider making a donation to the Lamers Family Foundation c/o Nicolet Bank, 3740 Investors Court, Appleton, WI 54913. The funds will be distributed to local charities that Denny believed in.