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Mora, MN • 320-679-1933

Braham, MN • 320-396-2121

DENNIS F. FAHRNI

AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA

Dennis Fahrni, of Mora, passed away on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at his home.  He was 69 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Akkerman Ingebrand Funeral Home in Mora.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service.

On Sunday, September 15, 2019, Dennis F. Fahrni, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 69.

Dennis was born in Canton, Ohio to Donald Fahrni and Evelyn (Rine Fahrni) Dull in 1950. He attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School where he graduated in 1968. He received a B.S. degree in Education from Kent State University in 1971, majoring in English and Speech. He received his M.A. in Education Curriculum from Ball State University in 1974. In 1978 Dennis moved to Minnesota where he could pursue his passion of hunting and fishing. He taught English and speech at Braham Area High School until 1996. He taught writing at the Sandstone prison as well as the Cambridge Community College. After retiring from teaching, he delved into various professions, including: tutoring, car and boat sales, meat cutting, metal working, wood crafting, and bartending, just to name a few. He worked for AmeriCorps, where he facilitated volunteer programs within Mora High School. He was an IA at Cambridge-Isanti High School where he loved to work with the Adaptive Bowling team. For several years he was a guardian ad litem for the 10th Judicial District, a job for which he believed he was born to do. After his final retirement, he built birdhouses out of his home which became known as “the birdhouse house.”

He loved to build fires in his woodstove, grow flowers and vegetables, feed birds and other wildlife, and take amazing photos of nature. He was an avid sports fan, and he loved to gamble. John Wayne was his favorite actor, Ernest Hemingway was his favorite writer, Watership Down was his favorite book, and Adele was his celebrity crush. He had a quick wit and a captivating charisma. His impact has been felt by many people throughout his life.

Dennis was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn, his father, Donald, his step-father, Louie Dull, his father-in-law, Norman, and his sister-in-law, Gladys.

He is survived by his wife, Kelly, daughter Tylinn; step-daughter Jennifer Parish (Theo Karoumenos); and step-grandson Enzo Karoumenos.

29 thoughts on “DENNIS F. FAHRNI”

  1. He was always my favorite teacher! He made the class fun and would always laugh with us! Rest in peace Mr. Fahrni! You will be missed!!!

  2. This makes me so sad to read this. Dennis was one of my all time favorite teachers and at times my only cheerleader. My heart goes out to the entire family. I have so many fond memories! Mooing at the intercom for one. ❤️And prayers.

  3. We have great memories of Dennis in Braham and 2 of our children were so blessed to have him as their teacher. Our thoughts and prayers are with Kelly and the family.

  4. Kelly and family, I hope you can feel the love and support coming your way at this sad time. This obituary is a wonderful tribute to the charming and accomplished man we knew. Rest in peace, Dennis; you will be missed and remembered.

  5. So sorry to hear about Dennis! He was my favorite high school teacher, a funny man and giving of his time. My love to his family.

  6. Prayers are sent, I’m so sorry to hear. Dennis was one of my favorite teachers. He will always be remembered and in my heart.

  7. I got to know and appreciate Dennis while he was teaching Braham. I remember those fun times
    in his fish house on Mille Lacs playing black jack and laughing till we both were crying over the
    games. What a free spirit!! The tale of a picture of his dog “Dink” on the blackboard in class describes his humor. Or how about kissing, what was it a carp or a pig? My son went to the U of M
    and was taking an English class; one one his classmates was saying how difficult the class was. Mark said this easy; nothing compared to one of Farni’s essays. Anyone coming out of Farni’s class
    knew how to write…..”well”. In my opinion Dennis was by far the best teacher Braham has ever had
    or will have. My heart felt condolences go out to Kelly and Jen. I’m sorry about my poor writing Den and put the dam red pen away! Rest in Peace Friend!!!!! Butch Erickson

  8. I never ever forgot the real he brought to reality in school.. He always had a way to make you open your mind! I really enjoyed him as a teacher!!
    Michael Gorsegner

  9. Class of ‘81, Braham! He yelled at me for taking regular English for an easy “A”, so I took College English later. In creative writing class he had that red stamp for “REJECTED” and his red marker. I did learn how to write, but a lot of trips back and forth from his desk with rejects!

  10. It sounds like he was a truly amazing man. Sorry I never had the chance to meet him. Prayers to you, Kelly, and your lovely daughter, Tylinn. From Tracy Trebesch Wheeler

  11. Best teacher EVER! He was always there to listen and advice without judgement. Honestly saved me when life seemed not worth it. He will for sure be missed. This World would be a much better place with more people like him.

  12. My Fahrni was my favorite most supportive teacher. When he realized I was pregnant he’d constantly crack jokes about my belly. He also constantly told me I was going to make and do great things. The following year on Graduation day he approached me and my son as I stood in my cap and gown. He cracked a joke And told me he was proud of me and my son and Knew I was going to succeed .

    The one comment that he made to me that to this day ( last week) that I still share with all of my kids, their friends and the people in hard situations I lend a hand up to is when he said ; “ Jeni if you look for the positive and make things fun, everything will be more enjoyable and time will go by faster. Don’t let the negative you encounter drag you down.”

    I had my son on a Friday. I went to school the following Monday and asked for my homework. We only had a couple weeks left of school. Me Fahrni laughed at me and said “ you survived my class pregnant. You earned yourself an A”

    I can’t thank him enough for having an everlasting positive impact on my life.

    RIP Mr Fahrni

  13. I agree that he was one of the best teachers that Brahman ever had! He made class fun and cared about his students. He will be missed by many!

  14. My Favorite teacher in the world..
    This just makes me so sad to read….He was such an amazing man!!
    RIP Fahrni.. YOU WERE THE BEST!

    Forever in my heart…. UGH ❤️😭

  15. You lived a fantastic life….thanks for sharing a small part of it while me teacher at Braham High.

    Love ya brother,

    Peter Scofield

  16. My condolences to Kelly and family. Where to begin? I have so many wonderful memories of the man with the heart of gold and an endless sense of humor. We fished together in every season. I vividly recall the winter night on Goose Lake when he caught an early crappie and we tossed it outside the fish house. Two hours later, it was the only one we had and it was a stiff as a board. I asked him if he thought it would survive if I put it down the hole. He thought it would. I placed it in the hole as we packed up to leave. Within a few minutes, it wiggled! Shortly, it swam down. Amazing. Although he never admitted it, I believe he really got me one night ice fishing by placing very hot peppers in a jar labeled “Mild”. I ate a lot of ice that night! One day at school, my physics students had a test and he had some of them later in his class. After school, he came down to my room and said, “I can’t believe there are answers to those questions! In fact, can there really be those questions?” Unforgettable guy and a great, positive influence on many students. RIP, my friend!

  17. Dennis was always there to listen and give advice without judgment. He told me once with his red pen rethink redo. When I brought him the paper he told me you can do so much better, I understand you are graduating a year early but you haven’t passed this class yet.

  18. I worked in the Braham High School Principal’s office for several years during which time I got to know both Dennis (Mr. Fahrni) and Kelly (Miss Fairchild). We used formal names back then. Dennis was a favorite English teacher of the students and appreciated by the staff although I do think he gave Principal Gene Nelson a few grey hairs. My daughter, Deborah Peterson, said he was the best. Peace to you Kelly and your children. You played a big part in making Dennis the success he became and I was so happy for the two of you when you married. Tylinn and Jennifer and Enzo cherish and remember all the love and advice you received from dad and grandpa.

    Sincerely, Annie Lindsay

  19. Oh my the wonderful memories of Mr. Fahrni’s fun loving sence of humor and great teaching style. He was a great man. Always had a funny story about “dink”, and loving stories about Kelly. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. RIP Mr Fahrni!

  20. Mr Fahrni was a amazing teacher! You learned more than just HS subjects in his class! He helped prepare you for life!! God must’ve need you for something BIG to have taken you so soon!

  21. Truly the best of the best! I was privileged to have him in both high school and college! He always said he didn’t like kids , we knew different! So very sorry for your loss. RIP DENNIS . 🌹

  22. We will remember Dennis fondly as a colleague and friend.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
    Marlene and Darwin Nelson

  23. Mr. Fahrni was one of my favorite high school teachers. I loved his dry sense of humor that made learning fun. One of my favorite memories was that he had slips of paper that said “clue” on them. If anyone in class said “I don’t have a clue” he would give you one and say “Now you do!” He will be dearly missed!

  24. This was very difficult news to hear. I am saddened by your passing, Mr. Fahrni; far too soon. Thank you for the tough teaching that made me into a better writer and a better student. Not only did you teach and expect excellence, you also made us realize that the hard work wouldn’t kill anyone and that excellence was worth working for. You are remembered well and will be dearly missed. My deepest sympathy to your family and may you rest in peace.

  25. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. Dennis was always fun to have come into the store. What new project was he on this time? What new birdhouse did he build? And just to have a good conversation. The staff at Made Of MORA and Jody & Mike.

  26. Great teacher, funny man. Whenever I see someone write alot instead of a lot I think of him and laugh. Deepest and dearest condolences to his family and loved ones.
    Sincerely,
    Natalie Anderson

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