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Daniel J. Wiedenfeld

April 27, 1934 - February 07, 2024

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Obituary For Daniel J. Wiedenfeld

Daniel J Wiedenfeld, who often introduced himself as Dr. Harry Hungwell accompanied by a firm handshake, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at the age of 89. He was born on April 27, 1934 to Myron and Dorothy in Lone Rock, WI.

Dan graduated from Madison East High School in 1952 and soon after followed in his uncle Leo Olson’s footsteps by joining the US Marines. He was stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego before being deployed to Korea where he boxed and won several Marine Corps boxing Championships. He often spoke of his 2 years in the military as a wonderful experience enabling him to travel to different parts of the world. In April 2015 Dan was honored to participate in the Badger Honor Flight.

Upon returning from Korea, Dan continued to box and trained with the UW boxing team. He continued to win fights and was ultimately a Golden Glove Boxing Champion in 1953. In addition, he was an avid baseball player trying out for the St Louis Browns baseball team of the American League.

After hanging up his boxing and baseball gloves, Dan owned and ran several restaurants in the area. He always hosted for his restaurants. This enabled him to meet people and build relationships. He opened Lindy’s on Lake Waubesa, Mr D. Steakhouse in Spring Green and Dan’s Steakhouse in Sun Prairie. Dan continued to enjoy being around friends and relatives in his retirement as he frequented the American Legion and VFW.

He is survived by his identical twin brother, Don of Westport, his son Steve (Debbie) of Franklin, grandsons Brent (Reggie) of Celina, Texas and Brandon (Caroline) of Wauwatosa. He is further survived by his nieces and nephews and their children whom he spoiled with exorbitant amounts of $2 bills. Dan’s warm and witty personality will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

A celebration of life will be held later in the Spring.

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

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  • February 10, 2024

    On behalf of the Badger Honor Flight Board and all our volunteers, we extend our deepest condolences to you all, the family of Daniel J. Wiedenfeld. We are forever grateful and thankful for Daniel's service to our great country. What an honor it was for us to take him on his well-deserved trip of a lifetime. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • February 10, 2024

    Uncle Dan was full of life and a pleasure to be around. My fondest old memories were family gatherings playing euchre with the big Wiedenfeld family! So much fun was had by all. He will be missed by so many. My heart goes out to the entire family.

  • February 10, 2024

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