Kenneth Lewis Nowak of Hartland, WI was embraced by Jesus Christ on November 22nd, 2017 surrounded by his family. Ken was born in Green Bay, WI on January 27th, 1946 to the late Louis and Lorriane (Lotto) Nowak.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years Dawn (Reinhardt) Nowak; his three children Deborah (Peter) Supple, Kenneth (Alana) Nowak II and Kimberly (Brian) Roeh; and his ten grandchildren Meghan, Caitlin and Shannon Supple; Alivia, Sophia and Ava Nowak; Reagan, McKinley, Quincy and Grant Roeh. He is deeply missed by his sisters Julieann May, Jeanette Nowak and Michaelin Walters; in-laws Barbra Reinhardt, Ruth Schutz, Patricia Steinbauer, Rosemary (Dale) Margraf, Michael (Debra) Reinhardt, Robert (Patricia) Reinhardt and numerous nephews and nieces. He also leaves behind a garage full of motorcycle parts, the largest collection of Harley-Davidson t-shirts, numerous fishing lures and hunting socks.
Ken first met the love of his life, Dawn, while he was in 3rd grade and she was in 2nd. Dawn finally fell in love in high school and they tied the knot on April 22nd, 1967 in Milwaukee, WI. Soon after they married they started their family together.
Ken gave 21 years to the Army and National Guard retiring as a Master Sergeant. A man dedicated to his Country and supporting other service members even after his retirement. His time in the service sent him from Wisconsin to Alaska to Texas and back to Wisconsin. His stories from his time in the Army have always brought laughter to his family and friends. We are proud of his service.
He also spent 43 years working at Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Starting as a machinist, moving up to a Work Group Advisor, a Manufacturing Engineer and finally into the Product Development Center managing the competitive fleet. His time spent at Harley didn’t just build a career, but also a large network of very close friends.
Ken enjoyed hunting, camping, boating and fishing in his free time. A man who spent much of his time outdoors. He also loved to tinker in the garage fixing or making a variety of things. He was a smart man who had experience and knowledge in almost everything. He was the man you called for help and he always answered.
His finest accomplishment was becoming a Papa. The love for his nine granddaughters and one grandson had no bounds. If he wasn’t talking about their accomplishments, how cute/funny/goofy they were or visiting with them he was praying for them. Papa went to Grandparent’s Day, concerts, numerous games, taught them to hunt, fish and tinker as well. While he did blame his baldness on having so many girls, he finally got to spend two years loving his first grandson.
In heaven may the fishing be plentiful, the Harleys loud and his Super Bee restored.
A special thank you to the team at Waukesha Memorial, Dr. Burns, Dr. Sajjad,
Mike Blanchard NP, the countless nurses who met him with patience and support.
Additionally, the caring team at Angel’s Grace.
Visitation will be held at Evert-Luko Funeral Home located at 170 Warren Avenue in Hartland on Dec. 2nd beginning at 11 AM. The family will share memories and tributes at 2 PM. Reception to follow at the American Legion at 231 Goodwin Ave, Hartland. Motorcycles encouraged to brave the cold.
Private interment will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers contributions made payable to the Kenneth Nowak Education Fund
care of/ Town Bank 850 W. North Shore Drive, Hartland, WI 53029
or online, TownBank.us, and by phone, 262-966-7707,
via account number 733424.