AKKERMAN INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Dennis Strom, of Mora, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Rosewood Senior Living in Cambridge. He was 92 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6, 2019 at the Hillman Baptist Church with Pastor Randy Strom officiating.
INTERMENT was at the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Dennis David Strom, of Mora, passed away on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Rosewood Senior Living in Cambridge. He was 92 years old.
Dennis was born April 12, 1927 to Ralph and Ruth (Falk) Strom in Mora, MN. He was one of six children with a twin brother, three older brothers, and a younger sister. Their father died when Dennis was two years old leaving his mother to raise six children on her own. She often invited the pastor and visiting speakers from church for dinner in order to expose them to godly role models. Dennis accepted Jesus as his Savior when he was age 13 during vacation bible school at Hillman Baptist Church where his parents were founding members and where his son Randy currently serves as pastor.
Dennis served two years in the Army during World War II attaining the rank of sergeant. His unit was preparing for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. He served his last year in the transportation corps running the PX on a ship transporting brides back to the states from England, Germany and France. He joked that he made five trips across the Atlantic without ever getting seasick.
After his military service, Dennis lived in Minneapolis and worked for several companies primarily in production control positions. He later worked for twelve years at Cornelius Company in Anoka until the company relocated.
Dennis met his wife Melva while attending Grace Baptist Church in Minneapolis. They were married in 1950 and purchased a home in Bloomington where their two children were born. In 1957 the family moved back to Dennis’ home town of Mora where they purchased a farm near Knife Lake. Dennis drove school bus for the Mora school district for 24 years.
Dennis was a member of Hillman Baptist Church where he served in various capacities. He later attended Emmanuel Baptist Church, working as the custodian and serving in the youth and bus ministries. Many children came to know Christ through the outreach of the bus ministry. Dennis and Melva’s farm was used as the site for the church picnic for many years.
Starting in 1980, Dennis converted the barn on his property into a four-unit apartment building. Over the years, it was rented to many people who became good friends. Their son Randy now lives there and it is often used to host church events. After retiring Dennis and Melva purchased an RV and spent many enjoyable years traveling and visiting friends and family.
Dennis is preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Ruth Strom; brothers, Robert, Roy, Allen; sister Eunice; five sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law.
He is survived by his wife Melva; daughter Bonnie (Todd) Ascher; son Randy (Sherry) Strom; twin brother Donald Strom; and six grandchildren, Joel Ascher, Jesse (Sam) Ascher, Troy (Hetal) Ascher, Eric (Bethany) Strom, Kyle (Callie) Strom, and Noel (Micah) Robinson as well as thirteen great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.