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A funeral service celebrating the life of Dennis R. Fystrom, age 90, of Sauk Centre and formerly of Minneapolis will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the Christian Life Center at First Lutheran Church. Rev. Rebecca Thomas will officiate the service. Burial with military honors will be held Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota - Assembly Area 2. Denny passed away peacefully, July 27, 2018 at his home in Sauk Centre, Minnesota with his wife, Kathy at his side following a long, courageous battle with kidney disease.
Dennis Russell Fystrom, son of Clarence and Margaret (Lentz) was born June 24, 1928 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Denny grew up, attend school in Minneapolis and graduated from Central High School. Upon graduation, he began working for Rienhart Brothers, where he worked until he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1950. He served his country from 1950 - 1952 in the Korean Conflict. Denny worked for Edina School District retiring in 1985 after 29years of service.
On April 3, 1987, he was united in marriage to Kathleen M. Knowles in Lake Tahoe. They lived in Minneapolis and in October 1991, moved to their home in the quiet town of Sauk Centre. Denny enjoyed fishing, traveling, and trips to the casino. Volunteering with the American Legion and the VFW became a big part of his life and he could often be found working with other veterans on volunteer projects to help his community.
He was a member of First Lutheran Church, joining the congregation in 1991, was proud to be an American Legion and a VFW member for over 67 years.
Denny will be deeply missed by his wife and soulmate for 35 years, Kathy; son, Bruce Fystrom of Deer River; daughter, JoAnne Fystrom of St. Louis Park; grandchildren, Sam Fystrom, Kerry Fystrom, and Calvin Fystrom; mother-in-law, Elaine Knowles Nelson and her husband, Arlan of Richfield; brother, Oral Fystrom of Chanhassen; sister-in-law, Kristine Knowles; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Wesley Fystrom and sister, Dorothy Wood.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred and will be donated to veterans organizations throughout the state.
August 01, 2018
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
August 01, 2018
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