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September 25, 2021

5/4/2021 7:30:00 AM
Gabriel "Gabe" Huempfner Sr.

Gabriel "Gabe" Huempfner Sr., 70, was born on April 8, 1951 in Rhinelander. He passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Gabe was raised in Rhinelander and was a 1969 graduate of Rhinelander High School. He retired from the Rhinelander Paper Company.

For many years, Gabe volunteered with the United Way.

He loved the outdoors which included hunting and visiting his favorite watering hole and seeing his friends. But most of all, Gabe loved his family, especially his grandchildren.

He has now joined his son; Jim Huempfner, his parents; Dorothy and John, his brother; Gale, brother-in-law; Jake Hoffhein and sister; Dorothy Ann "Sue" Eternicka.

He is survived by his daughter; Tricia (Dave) Petrowski, Rich (Randy) Huempfner, Gabriel Huempfner Jr., daughter-in-law; Ashlee Huempfner, two step-daughters; Michelle and Danielle, four grandchildren; Gini, Rueben, Brett, and Braylee Huempfner and his brothers; Gary (Onie), Guy (Myra) and Greg (Roberta) Huempfner, sister; Dawn Hoffhein and sister-in-law; Roxie Huempfner. Also surviving are other relatives and friends.

At Gabe's request, there will be no visitation or service. Cremation has taken place.

A small gathering with his family and close friends will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers you may send donations to Tricia Petrowski, 3245 N. 88th. Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53222.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. Everyone is invited to sign the guestbook or leave an online condolence at

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, May 6, 2021
Article comment by: Laurie Kubesh - Little

I always enjoyed a good banter and laugh with Gabe when home visiting. I will miss that.

Posted: Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Article comment by: Charles Gritzmacher

I had the best time of my life growing up with gabe.

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