Eldene Elaine Ronnekamp

June 9, 1953January 2, 2019
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Denie Ronnekamp, 65, of Denver, CO passed away from metastatic breast cancer on January 2, 2019.

Eldene Elaine Ronnekamp was born on June 9, 1953 to Vern and Lydia (Schliebe) Ronnekamp in McCook, Nebraska. She grew up and attended school in Gothenburg, Nebraska where she participated in choir, played the clarinet in the school band and was a cheerleader. Denie graduated from Kearney State College and received her Bachelor’s in Accounting. She began her career working for the state of Nebraska at the Commission of Women, and then moved to the Department of Agriculture. She pursued a graduate degree and received her Master’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in finance, from The University of Denver. Denie met Bryan Nordin in Gothenburg, started dating in college and they married on December 28, 1985. Denie continued her career path at Time Warner Cable, was a stay at home mom with her children while Geoff and Jayme were young and finally settled at Rocky Mountain Air Solutions, where she worked for the past 20 years.

Denie was always an active participant in every organization, many times the glue that held everything together. She was a member of Cross of Glory Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and was elected to the church board. She helped re-open and was on the PTA at Slavens School and volunteered at many local organizations in Denver. Denie loved being outside. Some of her favorite activities included gardening, especially spotting the first tulip or daffodil of the spring season, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, outdoor concerts or just sitting on the deck enjoying the shade of the big silver maple. She was always eager to try a new adventure. Regularly we would take different routes home from school or church, to see a different part of the neighborhood. In 1981 she went backpacking through Europe and as a family in 2017 we went to Cuba, checking another thing off of her bucket list.

Denie never backed down from a challenge or a tough task. She could out work anyone on any type of job. She was the strongest person. Denie was an amazing wife, mother, sister and friend. Always supportive, encouraging everyone to achieve their best and to dream big. She was the best listener, wise beyond her years and gave logical down to earth advice, even if it was hard to accept at times. She was compassionate, centered and cared for everyone around her. She valued her faith and family above all else.

Denie is survived by her husband Bryan Nordin; two children Geoffrey and Jayme Nordin of Denver, CO; four brothers Arlan (Tip) Ronnekamp of Gothenburg, NE, Bob Ronnekamp of Gothenburg, NE, Curt (Carolyn) Ronnekamp of Towanda, IL, David (Donna) Ronnekamp of Jacksonville, FL; one brother-in-law Lane (Terri) Nordin of Gothenburg, NE; one mother-in-law Elizabeth Nordin of Gothenburg, NE; many nephews and nieces, cousins and a multitude of friends. Denie is preceded in death by her parents Vern and Lydia Ronnekamp, and her father-in-law Donald Nordin.

Memorials are suggested to Urban Peak, Denver.

Visitation will be from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at Olinger Hampden Mortuary and Cemetery in Denver. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Denver. Friends and relatives will have the opportunity to pay their respects one hour prior to the service.


  • Arlan, Pallbearer
  • Robert, Pallbearer
  • Curt, Pallbearer
  • David, Pallbearer
  • Lane, Pallbearer
  • Matt, Pallbearer
  • Andrew, Pallbearer


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Reception Thursday, January 10, 2019

Eldene Elaine Ronnekamp

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Lynda Kampfe Stratton

January 16, 2019

Bryan, Geoff and Jayme,
Denie will be missed, but her memory will live on.
My children and I know the depth of your grief.

Donna Ristine Torrance

January 9, 2019

Denie, You are the best.
DEDICATED-family first
EXCEPTIONAL- wife, mom, friend,
seamstress, athlete
NAUGHTY/NICE-telling jokes, teasing,
small cigars,
INSPIRATIONAL-Christian, patriot,
Community leader,
EXCITING-story teller, traveler,
adventures,lover of life
Donna Ristine Torrance, college roommate- I love you

Debra Grear (Badberg)

January 9, 2019

Denie was a most wonderful gift and I will miss her very much. I feel so fortunate that my path lead me to Kearney College where we met. We all had crazy fun. She’ll remain on my frig for years to come and we’ll share some laughter when thoughts of the old days pop in my head.

Bryan, Jayme and Geoff.. I wish so much that I could be with you guys but know I'll be watching her service and sharing your tears. My heart goes out to you.

Kim Huckfeldt

January 9, 2019

I cannot remember not knowing Denie - and cannot think of a time when I won't remember her. Loved the photos the family has posted and I will always think of the good, the fun and laughter.

Joannie Holdhusen

January 9, 2019

Dear Bryan, Jayme & Geoff.......our hearts are heavy knowing that my sweet cousin Denie is no longer on this earth to show her love with all of you and yours to her. She always told me how proud she was of all of you. We are so very sorry that she’s gone but thankful she is with Jesus her Savior. We talked about Him together. Although we lived far apart, during our growing up years, we did make contact now and again. (Our moms were sisters). I loved her dearly and will miss her sweet spirit and her voice. I can hear her voice and giggle, as I write. She was so selfless in so many ways.

When we visited Gothenburg, when I was a young girl, I remember playing tether ball together. She was very good...I wasn’t! It was fun watching her take on her brothers in that game too. How they loved her and she them. ❤️

Sadly, we made plans to come for the service, but I ended up not feeling well, so we send our love and sympathy from Kansas. We will watch the church stream but it won’t be like being there to hug all of you. I’m so sorry. God comfort and sustain you, as you grieve no longer having your wife and mother to share your lives together. We have been lifting all of you in prayer and will continue to do so. With love, Joannie & Dan

Steve & Milena Anderson

January 9, 2019

Milena and I knew Denie and Bryan on both a professional and social basis. From the first day we meet Denie, you could tell that she only ever looked for the good in people. And as a result, she only ever found the very best in people. This is the indelible legacy that Denie has left on us, and we are truly grateful for her gift.

Marty Cruickshank

January 9, 2019

Love you Denie................

Kim Hussey

January 5, 2019

Bryan, Geoff and Jayme ~ I am so sad to hear about Denie’s passing. I loved her and have such fond memories of you all at Cross of Glory. My heart goes out to you all.

Kim (Mueller) Hussey. Todd Mueller’s ex-wife