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Dennis Gregerson

Dennis Gregerson, 65, of Waubay passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at his home in Waubay. A memorial service will be 11 am Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Waubay. Inurnment will be at the Lakewood Cemetery. Memorial visitation will be Monday 5-7 P.M. at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster. Memorials will be sent to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. There will be a time of fellowship celebrating Dennis’ life at 12:30 pm following the burial at the Gregerson Salvage Shop (318 W Railway Avenue). The family welcomes EVERYONE to attend the luncheon, all are welcome. Dennis James Gregerson was born on June 7, 1950 to LaVerne and Margaret (Willard) Gregerson at Webster, South Dakota. He was baptized and confirmed at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Waubay. He attended school in Waubay and graduated in 1968. Dennis continued his education at South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota until December of 1970 when he enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany where he worked on Nike-Hercules missiles. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Waubay to work alongside his father in the grain salvage business. On April 25, 1975 he was united in marriage to Carol Mikkelson at Waubay. The couple made their home in the same house for the next 41 years. To this union a son (Collin -1977) and a daughter (Casey-1980) were born. The couple purchased the business from LaVerne in 1981. Once Dennis took over, he built custom equipment that was and is currently vital in making the business what it is today. Collin joined the operation in 1998 making it a three generation family business. Carol retired in 2006 and Dennis semi-retired, allowing the couple to travel extensively. Dennis was a lifelong member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and the Waubay American Legion. He was a kind-hearted man who knew no limits. Dennis was a problem solver, whether building custom equipment or working grain elevator fires, he knew how to succeed. He was extremely generous and willing to help anyone in need. Waubay was very important to him and he was a strong advocate to help Waubay thrive. Dennis was a hardworking and intelligent businessman, but above all else, he was an honorable and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved his family dearly and cherished any time he could spend with them. He will be greatly missed by his wife Carol of Waubay, SD ; one son Collin (Danae) Gregerson of Waubay, SD ; one daughter Casey (Dan) Halvorson of Peoria, IL ; six grandchildren Wyatt, Cole, Chase, Cooper, Claire, and Coen. He is also survived by his brother Loris Gregerson of Waubay, SD. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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It was an honor and privilege to know Dennis. I had the chance to see him on trips home when he would visit the house and stop by just to check in on my parents, Warren & Carolyn Green. He treated them and me--like family. In turn, they loved him like a son. Dennis visited us at the nursing home in Milbank when he heard that dad had passed. It was a tough time but his visit and story-telling made us all laugh at the wild and crazy adventures of Canadian fishing trips with Dad, Butch and Dennis. He was so full of love and wonder, and somehow when he talked to you, you felt that special spirit of his touch your soul. Thank you, Dennis for tending to my parents and treating everyone in the community with great kindness and respect. For lightening our load and being a good friend. What a class act. I will never forget you. Carol, my heart goes out to you and your family. Bless you all--take good care.

Karen Green Jun 3 2016 12:00 AM

All of us at Auto Body Specialties Watertown send our condolences to family and friends of Dennis.

Gary Haight Jun 1 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family. Gary & Karla Beisch

Gary & Karla Beisch Jun 1 2016 12:00 AM

Always a pleasant person to be around, Dennis and his family have been pillars of the community forever. One of the most fun wedding dances that we ever played for was for his and Carol's event at the Webster Armory. LaVern and Eddie Mickelson made sure that our Dad had a good time, too. God bless you, Carol, Collin, Casey and families. They just don't make 'em like Dennis Gregerson anymore.

John Mogen May 31 2016 12:00 AM

Dennis was always a great person. We were childhood friends, attending school and the same church. He came from a wonderful family and was kind, hardworking and a very good man. He will be missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace my dear friend. My deepest sympathy and much love to Carol and their family and to Loris. May God watch over you during this very difficult time. Blessings and love, Nancy (Hawkins) Gelling

Nancy Gelling May 31 2016 12:00 AM

As a grain guy in Minneapolis I did business with Dennis for many years. Grain fires and salvage can run into some pretty big bucks, but you never needed a signed contract with Dennis or a lawyer if we disagreed. As straight a guy to deal with as there ever was. This world needs more people like Dennis. He was a good friend and I will miss him. ………. John Case

John Case May 30 2016 12:00 AM

RIP old friend . So true in his obituary when it said willing to help anyone in need. I will always remember him as just being a very good person. Always with a quick smile and something nice to say. May God grant the family peace and love in the time of need. Loren and Cathy Rumpca

Loren & Cathy Rumpca May 29 2016 12:00 AM

Was a plesure being your friedley competetor in fire salvage over many years Loved working with your dad and you will remember you for life . Sorry for the family loss may god bless and support you Solomon maendel

Solomon Maendel May 28 2016 12:00 AM

Waubay lost one of its' most valued friends this week. His kindness and generosity to this community will be missed by many. May you rest in peace Dennis. My sincerest sympathy to his family. Whatever you need, just call.

Linda Walters May 27 2016 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Gregerson

Linda Walters May 27 2016 12:00 AM

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