MICHAEL C. DENNIS

SAMSUNGMichael Dennis, of Stanchfield, passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at his home.  He was 58 years old.

FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church with Rev. Dave Everett officiating.

VISITATION will be held from 5- 7 pm on Friday, February 21, 2014 and one hour prior to the service ALL at the Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church.

INTERMENT will be in the Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial are preferred

Michael Craig Dennis passed away February 16, 2014 at his home in Stanchfield, MN at the age of 58. 
 He was born to Norval and Margaret (Larson) Dennis on March 6, 1955 in St. Paul, MN.  He was baptized on May 8, 1955 and confirmed May 17, 1970 at Braham Evangelical Lutheran Church. 
 Mike attended 1st and 2nd grade at Braham Schools in Grasston, MN where he always said they had the greatest mashed potatoes and gravy.  When he broke his leg during a bike accident, he was homeschooled for a year.  He attended St. John’s Catholic School in St. Paul where he had to learn a hymn a week.  He finished his high school days at Braham Area High School and graduated in 1973.  When Mike was in 10th grade, he started his hobby of farming when his dad bought a couple of pigs for him to raise. He was happy to take care of them.  In the fall of his junior year, he bought some calves and started raising cattle and farming crops on the home farm.  This hobby turned into a full time passion, which he later passed onto his son. 
Mike applied at UPS and was hired September 1973 as his full time job outside of the farm.  In 1985, Mike became a semi-driver for UPS.  He worked at UPS for 32 years and retired in 2005.  When he retired, he dedicated the rest of his time to his family and farming.  During his time at UPS, he was active in the Union and supported the workers as a Union Steward for many years.  In his 32 years at UPS, Mike made many long lasting friendships and was always there if anyone needed him. 
 He was active in many different organizations including:  Siloa Evangelical Lutheran Church, Teamsters Local 638, National Farmers Organization, and Braham Moose Lodge. He also volunteered at the local Braham Area Food Shelf to support families in need.
 Mike met the love of his life, Kay, and married her April 28, 1979.  They had two children, Michael Craig Dennis Jr. and Jessica Kay (Dennis) Olson.  In addition to the farm, Mike’s other love was his family.  He would do anything to take care of them and be there for them.  Michael Jr. married Jena (Greig) Dennis July 13, 2013 and they live in Braham MN.  Jessica married Paul Olson May 23, 2009 and they live on the farm Mike grew up on in Stanchfield MN.  Mike had one granddaughter, Vera Marie Olson born December 27, 2012.  She was the joy of his life and he and Kay helped with daycare while Jessica and Paul were at work.  Mike was so excited for the birth of his next grandchild that is due July of this year.
 He was so proud that his son was following in his footsteps and had the love for farming.  He was able to teach him how to work the land and raise animals.  Another proud moment for him is when his daughter and son-in-law moved into the house he grew up in and started to raise pigs in the old pig barn.  He never thought he would see pigs in there again, but Paul rebuilt the pig barn and started to raise them as a hobby.
 Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Norval and Margaret Dennis; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dorin and Vera Adams.
 He is survived by his wife, Kay of Stanchfield; son, Michael (Jena) Dennis Jr. of Braham; daughter, Jessica (Paul) Olson of Stanchfield; granddaughter, Vera Olson; grandbaby Olson due this July; sister, Lynda Dennis of Stanchfield, sister-in-law, Karen (John) Johnson and families of Litchfield; cousin, Adrienne Olson; many other relatives and friends.
 A Funeral Service was held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the Braham Ev. Lutheran Church with Rev. Dave Everett officiating.  Music was provided by Tim Ronning, Kelly Baker and family, and Mindy Johnson and family.  Casket Bearers were Roger Bell, Lee Southerland, Dean Bondeson, John Heidelberger, George Hultman, Rick Peterson, Bob Steffen, and Fred Matzer.  Honorary Casket Bearers were John Windorski, Curtis Bengston, Bob Anderson, and Pat Gerold.  Interment was in the Rice Lake Cemetery in Braham.  Arrangements are by the Rock Ingebrand Funeral Home of Braham.  Condolences may be posted at www.aifuneralhome.com

38 guestbook entries for MICHAEL C. DENNIS

  1. Eugene Peterson February 17, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will be unable to attend the funeral because I am in the hospital, but my thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  2. Debbie Singh February 17, 2014 at 6:52 pm #

    Dearest Kay,

    My heart is broken. Here Mike and I were the ones attending OTHER classmates funerals…never in a million years did I dream I would be attending HIS. :( He was special in so many ways. He was all about supporting our community – he was supportive of all that happened in Braham and was aware of anyone in need. HE WAS GENUINE and HE WAS A GOOD MAN. Life is so different now. There are no words I can say that will comfort you, other than, he made the world a better place; not only for me, but for many others.

    Class of ’73 – missing him already,
    Debbie (Paulson) Singh

  3. Doug & Julie (Benson) Fett February 17, 2014 at 10:16 pm #

    Kay, Thoughts and prayers to you and all your family. We are so sorry to hear this sad news. It sounds like Michael was a wonderful man.

  4. Al and Trisha Wurm & Alyssa Bursott February 18, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    So sorry for your loss. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers!

  5. Juli Koehler February 18, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Kay, you are in my prayers. Such a sad event.

  6. sharon horky February 18, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    Sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you.
    Sharon Horky

  7. Megan Gunnar February 18, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    Dear Kay,

    Kaye let your friends at the Institute of Child Development know about Michael’s horrible accident. Many of us old timers remember you very fondly and are so very sad at your loss. Please accept our condolences: Megan Gunnar, Bill Hartup, Andy Collins, Al Sroufe,Michael Maratsos, Al Yonas, and Anne Pick.

  8. Pierson families February 18, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Kay and Family, you are in our prayers, our sympathies to you all, Mike was a very good person, he was always there and willing to lend a helping hand and most of all a very good friend to us all.

  9. Linda Discher February 18, 2014 at 10:14 am #

    We are so sorry for your loss. Mike was a wonderful person, always so friendly and willing to help others. We pray you and your family that God will help you find peace.

  10. Becky Anderson February 18, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    I am so sorry to hear of your tremendous loss! Mike was a year ahead of me in school, but everytime I think of our ‘Business Math’ class, I have to laugh. He was such a good person – so much fun to visit with. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, Kay, and to all of your family.

  11. Jolene (Kays) Wojahn February 18, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    Kay,

    Driving by your house this morning created such pain in my heart. I have said many prayers since Sunday for you and the rest of your family. I will miss seeing him outside, when I go past, doing his chores, tending to the calves, and driving in his tractor. He was surely a great man and neighbor. Much love and support to you.

    Jolene

  12. Jean Blake February 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    My heart is heavy with this sad news. You and the kids have my deepest sympathy.

  13. Steve & Julie Gustafson February 18, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

    Kay,

    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! I can only begin to imagine the painful journey your heart is enduring! Our deepest and most sincere sympathies to you!!

    We feel so much richer for knowing Mike!

  14. Steve and Wanda Points February 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    We grew up with Mike and his family as neighbors. Mike kept in touch with my dad (Elmer Allen) and visited him at Grace Point the last 2 years of my dad’s life. It meant so much to my dad and us, to have Mike visit.
    We are praying for your family that God will be your comfort.
    Steve and Wanda (Allen) Points

  15. Jodi Wilson February 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm #

    Definition of Mike = so much respect for his wife. I must tell a story: While stopping at Tom’s late one afternoon Mike was encouraged to sample our early supper, Hamburger Gravy over Mashed Potatoes. Mike graciously and quickly accepted the offer but reminded us as he left for home, “Now I’m sure Kay will have supper made. I want to leave room to eat with her too. I want her to keep on cooking for me!”

    Remembering your support as your children attended Sunday School and while Jessica sang in Praise Kids and buying cool gourds for my fall decorations and always taking time to genuinely greet me.

    Knowing you as good strong Christians please remember that God doesn’t give us any more than we can handle. May God grant you Peace during this difficult time.

  16. John and Janice Swanson February 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    To Kay and family,
    We are so sad to hear of this tragic news of Mike. We always had so many good visits with him when he would come to buy our bull calves at our farm. He was so proud of his family and always spoke so well of you all. We would talk of so many things. Cattle, crops , farm machinery, prices, weather. Typical farmer talk. One time he called us up and said he had a surprise for us. He somehow accidently went home from here with a heifer calf. We all laughed over it and he brought it back to us. We always made sure that we checked for proper anatomy after that. That shows what an honest man he was. Remember that God is with you during these very dark days and that he will help you all through this tough time. We are so much better for knowing Mike and having had him in our lives. May God hold you all close.
    John and Janice Swanson

  17. Steve & Jean Strelow February 19, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Our prayers are with you for peace and healing of your broken hearts. We enjoyed Mike’s many visits while coming to pick up calves. Many discussions on how to solve all the countries issues! He always kept us up to date on your family as that was what was most important in his life. He will be missed by so many!

  18. John R carlson February 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    Very sorry for your loss. you have always been great neighbors. The community and Gods kingdom will support you.

  19. Violet Belkholm February 19, 2014 at 9:41 pm #

    I was so sorry to hear about Mike’s accident. I enjoyed working with him when he brought food for the meals at the
    Adult Day Break at the Covenant Church. He was always so cheerful and willing to help. You have my prayers and deepest sympathy at this very difficult time.

  20. Janet Macik Kreie February 19, 2014 at 11:16 pm #

    For Kay and family – You are in my prayers, such a tragedy – may God comfort you with gracious memories and the promise of eternal life with Him. Janet

  21. Linda Carlson Wescott February 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm #

    Dear Kay & family,
    Mike was a great friend from Sunday School through Pastor Brown’s Confirmation classes; and from kindergarten through HS, Class of ’73. In early grade school he invited me to a birthday party which I still remember to this day. His Dad gave him boxing gloves and taught the boys how to box while his Mom hovered nervously and the girls watched in fascination at what fun the boys were having. He would always remind me about coming to our house as a child to take piano lessons from my mother, while I sat in front of him eating ice cream. In 5th grade we joined the band to play trumpets and sat next to each other for the next 7 years: talking, laughing & sharing non-stop, much to Mr. Aune’s friendly frustration. Each of us accusing the other of being the problem. Mike’s friendly smile and encouraging conversation was a wonderful gift to everyone he met.
    At the reunions, he proudly spoke of his family and he absolutely sparkled around you, Kay. It was apparent he felt truly blessed in life. I am so so sorry for your loss. It is a loss to everyone left behind, for his wife & children we are praying that the Lord will provide you with His comfort, strength & blessings as the waves of grief hit. So wish I could there this weekend.

  22. James Meyerr February 20, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Dear Kay Sorry for your loss. thoughts& prayers Jim Meyer

  23. Terri & Patrick Gerold February 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    It is hard for us to comprehend that Mike, who was so full of life, is gone. Mike was a great friend to us- compassionate and supportive during some difficult days. He was a true gentleman – humble, yet so strong in his beliefs. He had a generous, caring spirit- always eager to help out with church and community projects (with a smile on his face). Siloa Lutheran was blessed to have Mike as member of our congregation. He was an excellent leader, serving as our council president in the past and recently as the chairman of our Social Ministry committee. Mike volunteered with us at the Moose Lodge’s steak dinner this past Saturday night and we will always cherish the time we spent with him that night. We were so blessed to have known him and will miss him terribly.

    Kay and family- May your strong faith, wonderful memories, the amazing love and pride he felt for you, and the prayers and support of your friends and family carry you through these difficult days.

  24. Clayton and Wendy Bengtson February 20, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    Kay and family – you are all in our thoughts and prayers! What a shock and tragedy you are experiencing. We how that you feel the comfort of our Lord surround you all during this difficult time. Please know that you can call on us if we can help in any way!

  25. gail and mark dunderi February 20, 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    So sorry to hear of this awful tragedy….You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers….May his many memories comfort you now and always.

  26. Sam Klocksien February 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    I’m so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing,although I only knew him for a short period of time while working on his property I knew right away that he was genuinely a good man. My heart goes out to his family, may you find strength and courage during this difficult time.

  27. Daryl and Dennise Sonnee February 21, 2014 at 12:19 am #

    Kay and Family!

    We were so shocked and saddened to hear of your loss. Mike was always laughing and so full of joy. He will be sadly missed. We think of you often even if we only communicate by Christmas cards in the past few years. We will be there to support you and your family on Friday. May God guide you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family…..

  28. Bill, Anita Senne February 21, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

  29. Doug and Julie Thompson February 21, 2014 at 9:47 am #

    Kay and Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. We always enjoyed his visits and sharing a cup of coffee with him, especially last Saturday as he delivered our beef order. His friendly enthusiasm was always contagious.
    May you find strength in the love of family and friends during this difficult time.

  30. Charlie and Naomi Lagasse February 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    We are very sorry to hear of your loss, Mike was such a fine person; one who we will always remember. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely.

  31. Rick and Pam Compton February 21, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Dear Kay and Family
    My heart has been heavy this week. I know so much about you guy’s but have never met you. Threw the eyes of your father. I know he loved all of you and was so proud of all of you! He was such a role model!!! I met your father threw my dad at UPS.
    He has been bringing us beef for many years! We will miss him! He is in heaven with the angels. May you find strength in your faith in this difficult time.

  32. Connie and Mike Reilly February 21, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Our Blessings to you Kay and your family, May your many friends and family help you through the tough days ahead,and may you be comforted by God’s grace. From all of us at Braham Country Floral

  33. Mike Aleckson February 21, 2014 at 8:58 pm #

    Kay, I’m so sorry for your loss. Even though I have been away from Braham for many years, it hurt so much to hear the passing of someone you grew up with, played and worked with. Mike had so many great qualities as a person. He will be missed by many I know. I’m so glad you have your family around you during this time of sorrow and loss. I hope and pray that you and your family will find a peace and comfort in our Lord and Savior.

  34. Cheryl Leaf February 22, 2014 at 8:15 am #

    Dear Kay and family of Mike, I’m so sorry for your loss for this wonderful man!! Knowing Mike from school and graduating with him in 1973. Then on to working at UPS with him and George. Praying for you at this time that you will be able to get through with all you are going through. We will see Mike again in heaven.

  35. Barbara, Ed Lundstrom February 22, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    We are saddened to hear of Mikes passing You have our deepest sympathy. We would be there, but are in Florida, until March 1.

  36. Guy & Paulette Christensen February 23, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    We are so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man Guy met Mike when he picked up product from his company when he was with UPS. He kept in touch and we have been getting our beef from him for years now. He always had a smile and a story when we shared a cup of coffee when he delivered our meat. We will miss him. You are all in our prayers in hopes that God will comfort and bring some peace as the days go on.

    Guy&Paulette Christensen

  37. David and Helen Piehowski February 24, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    We are very sorry for your loss. Mike was a positive influence on everyone he met. We believe there wasn’t anyone who couldn’t call him friend. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  38. Wade and Wendy Scheel February 24, 2014 at 10:50 am #

    So sorry for your loss. Mike delivered beef to us for years and we always looked forward to chatting with him. He was a wonderful man. We were blessed to know him.
    Your family is in our prayers,
    Wade and Wendy Scheel

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