Dan Thuemmel remembered for dedication to education, agriculture – Huron Daily Tribune

Port Austin dairy farmer and North Huron school board Treasurer Dan Thuemmel died Sept. 20 after a battle with COVID-19. (Courtesy Photo)
Dan Thuemmel was one of the North Huron school board members who hired current superintendent Martin Prout. The district had emerged from bankruptcy just a handful of years prior, and Thuemmel was one of the stewards who led North Huron out of a dark time.
“He was instrumental in the repair of the school district when the previous school board and superintendent said let the community down,” Prout said. “They were flat broke. He was one of the new board members that helped rebuild the school district, rolled up his sleeves and became kind of a charter board member of a new mentality.”
Thuemmel passed away Sept. 20 at the age of 70 after a battle with COVID-19, but he leaves behind a legacy of service to his community as an advocate for education and agriculture in the Upper Thumb.
Prout credited Thuemmel, who was also a Port Austin dairy farmer, with rebuilding North Huron’s agricultural program into one of the best in the state, often leading students on field trips to farms in Michigan and Florida and playing an important role in the creation of the early childhood learning center. He was devoted to North Huron students and the community in which he lived, Prout added, and the relationships he built were a big reason for the success of North Huron’s annexation of Port Hope.
“He always was a person to seek understanding,” Prout said. “Dan had a mentality that if you can dream it, you can do it.”
Chris Jahn, a Port Hope farmer and executive secretary of the Huron Intermediate School District, worked with Thuemmel, and described him as “a good, honest person” who was a true advocate for education.
“He was always a forward thinker, and whatever is good for kids was what he was always all about.”
Thuemmel graduated from Port Austin High School in 1969. He and his wife, Vivian, hosted 26 exchange students throughout the years. Dan also served on Port Austin State Bank Board for many years.
Dan is survived by his wife of 47 years, Vivian Thuemmel of Port Austin; his children: Tanya Kramer and her husband, Dan, of Kinde, Daniel Thuemmel of Port Austin, Amanda Miller and her husband, Duane, of Kinde and Amelia Osantoski and her husband, Joseph, of Port Austin; his grandchildren: Austin and Cecilia Kramer, Brinley, Thomas and Lainey Miller and Lucy, Eleanor, and Henry Osantoski. Dan is also survived by his sister, Nancy Schubing and her husband, Alton of Arizona; his sisters-in-law, Martha Thuemmel of Port Austin and Ethel Thuemmel of Romeo; his in-laws: Don (Diana) Kosinski of Port Austin, Eugene (Tammy) Kosinski of Florida, Colleen Mouton of Bad Axe, Anne Parks of Bad Axe, Cynthia (John) Forbing of Port Hope, Fred Kosinski (special friend, Martha Ann) of Port Austin, Alice Craig of Kinde and Ed (Mary Jo) Kosinski of Elkton; many nieces and nephews and close family friend, Jerome “Jud” Navock. He will also be missed by his cat, Foz and his dog, Stormy.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Leonard Thuemmel; Bud Bigger; his in-laws, Eugene and Eleanor Kosinski; brothers-in-law, Gene Craig and John Parks; and his nephew, Brian Schubring.
Memorials may be offered to be used at the family’s discretion in care of Vivian Thuemmel.
Mark Birdsall has been sports editor of the Huron Daily Tribune since July 2019.
Prior to arriving at the Tribune, Mark was night desk editor for the Cadillac News, where he also helped out the sports department on busy high school football and basketball nights. He previously worked at the Holland Sentinel and the Greenville Daily News.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism from Grand Valley State University, where he was editor of the student newspaper, The Lanthorn.
A native of Bay City, Mark is an avid fan of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Michigan State Spartans and the Chicago Cubs. He’s also a movie buff and enjoys fishing in his spare time.

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