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February 26, 2020

2/8/2020 7:30:00 AM
David Allen "Sonny" Sowinski

David Allen "Sonny" Sowinski, age 83, of Sugar Camp, died Feb. 5, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Jan. 31, 1937, in Sugar Camp, to Henry and Evelyn (LaPorte) Sowinski. He married the love of his life, Betty Robinson, on June 17, 1961 and they enjoyed 56 years of marriage.

Sonny graduated from the Three Lakes High School in 1957, where he enjoyed playing football and basketball. Sonny's high school quote was "My schooling's really done no harm... but I feel safer on the farm." Sonny had also joined the National Guard where he was a sharpshooter. He was honorably discharged in 1958.

With his father and brother, they worked a dairy and beef farm, logging operation and then came the potatoes. In 1969 Sowinski Farms, Inc., was founded. The farm expanded its operations to include potato farming in Charleston, Mo. This is where Sonny and Betty had their second home and enjoyed the many friends they had made in Missouri.

When Sonny wasn't farming, who are we kidding, there was farming to do all the time. But when he could Sonny enjoyed the seasons. He liked to deer hunt during the gun season, unless there was enough ice on the lake to be ice fishing. Some of the best ice fishing he has ever done was during gun season.

Sonny was a volunteer for the Sugar Camp Youth Club where he had coached his sons' Little League team. He was a longtime member of the St. Kunegunda Catholic Church and was also a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Sonny is survived by his five children, Greg (Mary Jo) Sowinski of Sugar Camp, Theresa (Gary) Hamilton of Sugar Camp, Sue Oestreich of Rhinelander, Eve (Jay) Wagler of Rhinelander and John (Brenda) Sowinski of Sugar Camp; his 14 grandchildren: Amy, Jim and Kayla Sowinski, Lacey (Scott) Kimpel, Allen and Eric Hamilton, Josh, Molly and Jacob Wagler, Emily and Macy Sowinski, Christie (Zach) and Marisa Oestreich and Ashley (Josh) Jaeger; his four great-grandchildren Logan, Gavin, Ayla and Clara Jaeger; his two brothers Alvin (Shirley) Sowinski and Henry "Butch" (Diane) Sowinski both of Sugar Camp, his sister Mary Ann Roberts of Rhinelander, nieces, nephews and many in- laws. He was preceded in death by his lovely wife, Betty; his parents, a sister Dorothy (Fred) Cirilli, his brother Henry John Sowinski, his brother-in- law Donald Roberts, his nephew Vincent Sowinski, his fishing friend Tom Hansen, a good friend who could always put a smile on his face, Denny Dart, and many great in- laws.

Visitation for Sonny will be held on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020 from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 6:45 p.m., at the Carlson Funeral Home in Rhinelander. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., with a visitation from 10 a.m. until just prior to the services, on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, at the St. Kunegunda Catholic Church in Sugar Camp. Father Bala Reddy Allam will officiate.

Interment will follow in the St. Kunegunda Catholic Cemetery.

You may leave your private condolences for the Sowinski family at The Carlson Funeral Home (715-369-1414) is serving the Sowinski family.

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