A life well-lived by Dennis Nathan Dickhaut ended 70 years after he was born on the fourth of July, 2013. Verona (Buchmann) and Dan Dickhaut welcomed their third of nine children with the help of his paternal grandmother at the home of his aunt in Zap, ND on July 4, 1943.
He grew up in the Tolstoy, SD community attending country school and graduating from the Plainview Academy. Redfield in 1961 provided the roots he needed to venture into the world. Dennis worked hard as a body shop mechanic, harvesting and eventually Viet Nam. Denny was drafted along with his high school friend. As a medic, he lived the song, “The Eighth of November.” After returning to the United States on his mother’s birthday, on a day in January with a -26 F, he left for California. He began a twenty-plus year career as a dry wall hanger. He met and married Sharon Turner and to this union, two children, Jason and Amy were born. His expertise led him to Las Vegas, their home and eventually to Texas to be near the maternal grandmother. All roads lead home. Denny also worked at the Redfield State School, owned and operated a meat processing plant, sold insurance and retired from the Work Crew Unit at the Trustee Unit at SDDC.
Denny met his South Dakota wife, Janice (Koslowski) and her children and father in 1993. He charmed her into marriage in 1997. They enjoyed Canadian fishing trips, Twins baseball, traveling to Texas to see grandkids, North Dakota reunions, elk, deer and pheasant hunting trips with his brothers, nephews and friends and camping and fishing.
In 2011 Denny underwent a Whipple Procedure for pancreatic cancer. He made the most of his two and a half years with his family and friends which to Denny was one and the same.
His enthusiasm for life, organizational skills and humor were a reflection of his heritage. Dennis will ever be a part of the lives of his wife, “Mrs. D”, son Jason (Angie) Taylor & Stephanie; his daughter, Amy (Mark) Justin, Colton and Abby, his second family, Daniel, Jeff & Marcy, siblings, Duane (Betty), Mavis (Jerry) Walton, Darlene (Willie) Rothacker, Darrell (Barb) Darvin (Deb), in-laws, Allan Jung and Glen Carr, his beloved nieces and nephews and their children.
Those going before him include his parents and sisters, Marlyss Jung and Carol Carr.
A memorial visitation will take place on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 from 5-7PM at the 7th Day Adventist Church in Redfield with Memorial Services scheduled for 11AM on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 also in the 7th Day Adventist Church at Redfield with Pastor Joe Story officiating. A private burial will be in the Rockham Cemetery at Rockham, South Dakota.
Furness Funeral Home of Clark is serving the family where there is an on-line registry at www.furnessfuneralhome.com