Surrounded by the beauty of the creations of God and his family, Denny passed away on Saturday July 16 at Seasons Hospice House in Rochester. His greatest joy in life was sharing his love of the outdoors with family, friends and anyone who would join him on an adventure from the border waters of Minnesota to the mountains of Arizona. His heart was at home right here at Chester Woods County Park where he devoted years of volunteering to the development of the park and helped form the Friends of Chester Woods.
Dennis was a graduate of Clinton High School, Clinton, IA, Macalester College, Pacific School of Religion, and Dubuque Theological Seminary.
As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Dennis served churches in Aitkin, Glyndon, and Dilworth, MN. He then served as chaplain at Rochester State Hospital until its closure. He provided marriage and family counseling at the Rochester Pastoral Counseling Center and was an officer in the National Association of Mental Health Chaplains.
Denny was active in the community through the Civitan Club, Rochester Community Band, River Trails Girl Scout Council, Rochester Wood Carvers, and a member of the Congregational Church.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Connie, his daughters Denise (Tony) Tooley, Chris Tooley, Carol (Paul) Davis, his grandchildren Ashley (Nathan), Allison (Keith), Anthony (Shantay), Justin (Madeline), Andrea (Owen), great-granddaughter Evelyn, brothers Dean, Chuck (Arlette), sister Elaine, brother-in-law Dan (Agnès) numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and several “sons and daughters” who called dad.
He is predeceased by his parents, his sister Jenita, his sister-in-law Bonita, his brothers-in-law Ken and Lavell, his niece Julia and his grandson Benjamin.
A celebration of life will take place at a later date.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the providers at Seaons Hospice for the care they provided to Denny.
In memory of Denny, donations may be made to Friends of Chester Woods, Chester Woods County Park Attention: FOCW, 8378 Highway 14 East, Eyota, MN 55934