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Dennis "Denny" Jeske

ROCHESTER, MN – Dennis Eugene Jeske, 76, of Rochester Minnesota passed away on May 7th, 2020 at the Haven Cottagewood Senior Care Community. He passed peacefully, surrounded by family, after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Private family services will be held 10:30 A.M. Tuesday May 12, 2020 at St. Johns Lutheran Church and will be live-streamed on Fiksdal Funeral Service Facebook page. Private burial will be in the Webster Cemetery. Dennis was born on April 14, 1944 in Peabody Memorial Hospital in Webster, SD to Milton and Alvina (Strommen) Jeske. Growing up on a farm, he attended Morton County Country School and Webster Grade School. He graduated from Webster High School in 1962. His education continued at Aberdeen School of Commerce where he graduated in 1965 and proceeded to work for the Federal Milk Market in Sioux Falls, SD. In addition to several other jobs, Dennis served as a proud member of the South Dakota National Guard. On June 29, 1968, Denny married the love of his life, Nancy Bartos, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. They made their home in Sioux Falls where he attended Augustana College and graduated in 1972 with a degree in Accounting. In St Paul, MN, he began a 30-year career with the U.S. Treasury Department. Their daughter, Tiffany, was born in 1972 in Edina, MN, followed closely by the birth of the Minnesota Twins, Teri and Toni, born in Marshall, MN in 1974.Dennis enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He had a life-long passion for cars which grew from his work as a young man at Tommy’s Standard Station in Webster. His hobbies included working on his 1967 Chevy Impala Convertible, taking care of his yard and following the financial markets. He was also very active in the Rochester community, volunteering extensively at the Mayo Historical Museum where he was a team leader, serving Gloria Dei Lutheran Church as a council member and usher for many years as a long-time member. He was also devoted to lifelong bible study. His greatest joy was following the activities of his children and grandchildren, as well as spending holidays with his immediate and extended family. Denny and Nancy have also been blessed with wonderful neighbors and lifelong friends, including many in Lake Crystal, MN and Rochester, MN. Denny will be remembered for his compassion, warm and ready smile, quiet humor, and calm logical advice. He had a life full of true friends and loving family. Dennis Eugene Jeske is survived by his wife, Nancy, of 52 years of marriage; his three daughters Tiffany (Bruce) Sundeen of Fargo, ND, Teri (Jeff) Duford and Toni (David) Vanden Bos both of Xenia, OH; his grandchildren Jacob, Rachel and Abigail Sundeen, Joseph Eugene and Benjamin Duford, Andrew and Zachary Eugene Vanden Bos; his brother, John (Paulette) of Webster, SD; brother-in-law Rock (Debo) Bartos of Sugarland, TX; his nieces Brandi (Tom) Hiser and Rebecca (Earl) Miranda; nephews Mike Jeske, Kash Gaikowski, and Dusty Gaikowski; along with many cousins and grandnieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Alvina Jeske, his parents-in-law, Bob and Frances Bartos, his maternal and paternal grandparents, and his siblings-in-law Roger and Teri Gaikowski. We are so grateful to his caregivers and friends at The Haven at Cottagewood where he lived in a family atmosphere for 16 months and the compassionate Heartland Hospice Team. Memorials are preferred to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Rochester MN and Mayo Clinic Lewy Body Research.

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Denny was always a person I looked up to. Our visits to the farm were lots of fun. Denny would always look out for me since I was a youngster and trouble seemed to find me. He was a protector and great friend. Prayers go out to the Jeske family

Rich Strommen May 12 2020 12:00 AM

Denny was the oldest of the "double cousins" of the Day County Jeske- Strommen families, and we younger cousins all looked up to him. He was one of my first heroes-- always kind, respectful, and funny! We have great memories of visits to the farm where Denny and Johnny looked out for us. Sympathies to Nancy and family. -Greg Strommen, Rapid City, SD.

Greg Strommen May 11 2020 12:00 AM

Denny and Nancy would visit my Dad at the nursing home. We all went to Gloria dei church in Rochester. My Dad felt so blessed by there visits. He shared with me how much it meant to him. Denny and Nancy brought my Dad treat's to eat and he would share them with me and some of his friends. Words can't express how much the visits and the friendship made my Dad's life better. The Jacobson family sends our condolences to Nancy and family. God bless, Curt Jacobson

Curt Jacobson May 10 2020 12:00 AM

Dennis always had a kind smile and gentle way ... he was a reliable and skilled teammate ... and a 'mean' trombonist ! thanks, Dennis, for sharing your life with me ! L.L. Johnson '62 WHS

L.L. Johnson May 9 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry Nancy, prayers of Peace and love to you and the family.

Danny Bartos May 9 2020 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Dennis. He was such a nice person and we were very good friends in high school. Sending our love and prayers to his family. Sure will miss you Dennis, even tho we didn't get to see each very much. Hugs to the family from an old friend and classmate.

Larry and Judy Johnson Picht May 8 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dennis Jeske

Larry and Judy Johnson Picht May 8 2020 12:00 AM