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Kolton Ouellette

February 13, 2012 — June 10, 2022

Kolton Louis Ouellette, also known as NANAW GIZËK, passed away unexpectedly at home at the tender age of 10 on Friday, June 10, 2022.

Kolton was born on February 13, 2012, in Antigo, Wisconsin to Andy Ouellette and Jenny Shepard.  At the age of 18 months Kolton sustained injuries that would forever change his life.  He would then spend the next 8 years with his grandma Kristine and puppies Cy and Ellie.  Although he went through many hardships in his short life, he brought so much joy to all who knew him.  Kolton loved going on trips with his mom and dad to visit with sisters, cousins, aunts, and uncles.  He loved animals and puppy snuggles, jamming to music and playing in anything that would get him dirty, such as puddles, leaves and dirt.  He was the strongest, most amazing little boy who will be missed by the many people he touched with his strength and resilience.

Kolton is survived by his parents Andy (Kalen) Ouellette and Jenny Shepard; grandparents Kristine Ouellette, Craig Ouellette and PaPa Sonny and Grandma Carol Shepard; sisters Sierra and Serenity Shepard; great grandparents Donna Poling, Joe and Barb Ouellette, Bill Rousseau and Darell and Bonnie Cornell; aunts and uncles Stephany (Shaun Daniels) Shepard, Toni (Adam) Shepard-Moss, Heather Pauliot, Anthony Shepard, and Amy (Dan) Witman; and many cousins and other extended family.

Kolton is preceded in death by his grandparents Julie Treml, Michael Poling, Louis Shepard, Elaine Shepard, and Janice Berglund.

A funeral service for Kolton will be held at 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau .  Visitation will take place from 3:00 PM until the time of service at the funeral home on Thursday. To attend the service via livestream, please use the following link

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The family would like to thank all the amazing doctors, nurses, and staff at both the Marshfield Pediatrics Unit and PICU for their love and care for Kolton and his family throughout the last 8 years.  They would also like to thank the Wausau first responders for their kindness, patience, and support.

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Thursday, June 16, 2022

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