Dennis Wilfred Hess (January 28, 2005)

Dennis Wilfred Hess, the son of Wilfred N. and Alta V. (Hansen) Hess, was born on May 7, 1942, at his parents’ farm home, located 1½ miles east of Prairie Rose Lake in rural Harlan, Iowa. He attended Jackson #9 country school and Harlan High School, graduating in 1960. Denny then began working for Purina in Harlan. On December 30, 1962, he married Peggy Jane Dinesen at the First United Methodist Church in Harlan. The couple lived in the farmhouse on her parents’ farm north of Harlan; after several years, they moved into Harlan. For many years, Denny worked for Burmeister Feed Store and Stowe Red-E-Mix in Harlan.

Denny was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, where he had served on the Board of Trustees some time ago. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. Denny enjoyed collecting Crayola items and toy trucks, watching Nascar racing, and tending to his flowers and lawn. He had many fond memories of playing baseball as a child.

Dennis W. Hess died on Friday, January 28, 2005, at his home in Harlan, Iowa, at the age of 62 years, 8 months, and 21 days.

Preceding Denny in death were his parents and one brother, Duane Hess. Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Peggy Hess of Harlan, Iowa; two sons, James (Lisa) Hess of Spencer, Iowa, and Chad Hess of Harlan, Iowa; two brothers, Dewey (Darlene) Hess of Harlan, Iowa, and Dean Hess of Oakland, Iowa; four grandchildren, Megan and Hayle of Spencer, Iowa, and Padyn and Luke of Harlan, Iowa; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 1, 2005, at the First United Methodist Church in Harlan, Iowa, with Rev. Ed Frank officiating. Dorothy Norgaard served as the organist, and Mindy Buck was the soloist, accompanied by Mary Lemons. Casket bearers were Rod Hess, Rick Hess, Doug Hess, Jason Hess, Randy Hess, Kevin Hess, Aaron Howe, and Larry Petersen. Burial was in the Jacksonville Cemetery in Jacksonville, Iowa. The Burmeister-Johannsen Funeral Home in Harlan was in charge of the arrangements.

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8 Responses to Dennis Wilfred Hess (January 28, 2005)

  1. Brenda Kyle says:

    Dennis was a great neighbor and friend to our family. I will always remember when he used to play football and baseball with us in the backyard. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Pat Martindale Nelson Schug says:

    I was shocked to hear of Dennis’s death as I hadn’t heard he had been sick. You have my deepest sympathy. We have been gone since Jan 8th and won’t be home till April. We are in Green Valley, AZ and Mary Claire and husband are also here. Sorry we could not be there for the services. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Dawn Hess says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I am sorry I can’t be with you. I am so sorry for your loss.

  4. Julianne Bentzen says:

    Peggy we are so sorry, I have been hospitalized and Mike has been sick, we didn’t know until this morning. I will call you soon.

  5. Dave Conrad says:

    My sincerest heartfelt sympathy to The Hess family. Dennis was truly a good friend and will be missed by all of those who came to know him and appreciate his warmth and subtle humor.

  6. Doug Palmer says:

    It is with great sadness and heavy heart that I write this note. You will be missed, but in our prayers.

  7. Phyllis Owen Pratt says:

    I am so sad that Dennis will not be with us at our 45th Reunion this summer. He will be missed.

  8. Connie & Monty Christiansen says:

    Dennis, you will be sadly missed this summer at the 45th reunion of the HHS class of 1960.

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