THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: February 22, 2017
Barry "Bear" Danford, 63, of Oconto, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 14 at home with family by his side.
Born Aug. 31, 1953 in Redwood City Ca., to the late Ned and Dorothy (McGuire) Danford, he joined the United States Marines in 1971. He moved to Wisconsin in 1973 with his best friend, Irwin Migel and met Suzann Wittock. They married on July 27, 1974 and had three daughters and six grandchildren.
He enjoyed working at Harry Stich Painting company for many years and at Oconto Metal Finishing for over 20 years. He loved road trips, camping, hunting, old movies and spending time with family and friends. An avid reader and history buff, he was passionate about politics, loved his country and was proud to be a Marine. He was a loyal Packer fan and didn't miss a game.
He recently found out he had long lost families in Utah and California. Meeting his sisters "Valene" (Rod) Tueller, Dixie (Jerry) Coggins, cousins, Gale and June Blum and many nieces and nephews brought him joy. He loved his dogs and and was a big fan of the rock group AC/DC.
He is survived by his wife, Suzann Danford (Wittock) of Oconto; daughters, Stacy Danford of Green Bay, Sandra (Dwayne) Wenzel of Oconto, CPT Shannon Frazier of Yorktown Va.; a good friend, Jean (Keith) Skonning of Green Bay, who was like a daughter; brothers-in-law, Robert Wittock of Lena and Thomas Wittock of Oconto; a sister-in-law, Tammy (Patrick) Guns of Green Bay; six grandchildren; many cousins; nieces and nephews.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, George and Esther Wittock and a brother-in-law, Charles Wittock, all of Oconto.
The family greeted relatives and friends at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home in Oconto on Saturday, Feb. 18 from 1 p.m. until time of the service at 3 p.m. Pastor Dean Good officiated with military honors accorded by the Oconto American Legion.