On Thursday, May 14, 2015, a beautiful life story came to an end. We said goodbye to our beloved Daniel Piencikowski; his fight against pancreatic cancer was courageous until the end.
The legacy of love that he leaves behind will be carried on through his wife, Linda; her parents, Raymond and Rose Marie Majerko; daughter, L’Rae Alisauskas (Richard Negri); son, Garett (Allyson) Piencikowski; daughter, Amy (Wil) Harmsen; and by his grandchildren, Steven Daniel and Rayna Alisauskas, Keegan and Lukas Piencikowski, and Addison, Isabella and Gabriela Harmsen. He is also remembered by his siblings, Emily Gabron, David (Pamela) Piencikowski, James (Dawn) Piencikowski and Judy (Daniel) Vance; brother-in-law, William Nasello; as well as many nieces, nephews, and treasured friends. Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Casimir and Ann Piencikowski; and his sisters, Julie and Mary Ann Nasello.
Dan’s life story began in Kenosha, Wis. He was born on Nov. 29, 1948, to Casimir and Ann (Siemion) Piencikowski. Dan was a hard worker and a proud Army veteran, but most importantly he was a loving family man. As a young adult Dan learned how to work hard and how to fix most anything. He could be mischievous, but he always looked out for others and stood up for what was right. He met the love of his life at a young age, and on July 20, 1968, he married his princess, Linda, who shared a life story with him for 46 years.
Dan worked at the Pepsi plant in Kenosha. Then, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he was called to fight in the Vietnam War. Fighting in the war affected him emotionally for the rest of his life; it was a burden he carried and tried to put to good use through volunteering at Welcome Home Montrose and helping other veterans who were suffering like him.
Dan was honorably discharged from the military in 1974, and he began his career with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department. Dan was elected sheriff in 1982 and he proudly served one term. During this time he also started his own business, American Security of Kenosha, which he ran successfully until 1994. In addition to the aforementioned ventures, he was a member of an investment group, LandQuest, also until 1994. In 1987 he was involved in a high speed chase while on duty, resulting in Dan being medically retired due to the debilitating injuries he suffered.
Dan moved his family to Montrose in 1994 and started a new chapter. He helped many people with his knowledge of construction and he was always willing to lend a hand to those who asked. He was an integral part of our family businesses: M&D Construction, G&D Construction, House of Lights, Polish Possibilities and Innovative Construction. He took great pride and enjoyment in assisting his kids and fostering the entrepreneurial spirit within each of them. Dan was an inventor of useful tools, always looking for a better, more efficient way to complete a task. He leaves behind several inventions for the Montrose Makerspace to further develop and hopefully use. Another treasure Dan leaves behind are his beautiful, thoughtful and insightful poems that will always keep his voice alive in our hearts.
Dan felt it was his duty to be active in politics and he had a great passion for his country and protecting the American flag. He was also a member of several organizations, including Veterans of Foreign Wars, Elks, Polish Legion, Black Canyon Harley Owners Group, Uncompahgre Trail Riders and Old Coots on Scoots.
If you knew Dan, you knew he was always on the go, always busy helping someone, always trying to smile and do good. He loved his wife with a passion that rivals the greatest love stories. He was the most caring and generous father. He was a playful and involved grandfather, and he was the man you could count on to be there at your time of need whether you were family, friend, or just someone in distress. He had an energy about him that no one else could ever match and you could feel his love just by being around him.
Dan often exited with the same words, and it seems appropriate to use them at this time. So, with all the love and respect any one person can express, we say, “See ya later, love you, bye.”
A family visitation will be held at Sunset Mesa Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 17, and the funeral will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, May 18, at Sunset Mesa Funeral Home, with a procession immediately following to Grandview Cemetery. A celebration of life will take place in Kenosha, Wis., at a time to be determined.
Visit the tribute website and send condolences to the family at www.SunsetMesaFuneralDirectors.com. Arrangements are being handled under the direction of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors.