Dennis Sigurd Blaalid

Dennis Sigurd Blaalid, age 70, of Yankton South Dakota, died suddenly on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Scott Traynor officiating.  Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton at a later date.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Monday, February 10, 2020 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a vigil service at 7:00 PM.

Dennis Sigurd Blaalid was born May 26, 1949 in Scotland, South Dakota to Edward and Esther (Evenson) Blaalid. He spent his toddler years on the family farm near the Scotland/Menno area and then moved with his family to Yankton, South Dakota where he graduated from Yankton High School in 1967. Dennis then went on to marry Sandy Wies on August 9, 1974 in Creighton, Nebraska. They lived in Yankton where Dennis was the co-owner of the Butcher Block. He then became the regional manager at Deli Express. Dennis has had several careers many of them in sales where he excelled. Later Dennis became a mental health aid for the State of South Dakota at the Human Services Center. Dennis also worked for his brothers Norm and Ken at different points in his life. He loved spending time with his family.

Dennis was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, and the Yankton Elks Lodge.  He was a soft hearted man who had a very strong work ethic and touched the lives of many people throughout his careers. Dennis had an infectious smile and laugh and loved being around people. He enjoyed boating, traveling, riding his motorcycle, attending concerts, listening to music, trying to master the art of smoking meats and playing Sudoku. His family always came first and he loved spending time with them and going on family vacations. Dennis especially enjoyed the times spent with his grandson, Kellen.  Dennis loved deeply and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Sandy Blaalid of Yankton; three children: Brian Blaalid of Yankton; Emily (Bill Harned) Blaalid of Fort Collins, CO; and Katie Blaalid of Fort Collins, CO; grandson, Kellen Blaalid; brother, Norm (Joann) Blaalid of Yankton; two sisters-in-law: Marlys Blaalid of Yankton and Jeanne Blaalid of Mitchell, SD; and many nieces and nephews that he adored.

Dennis was preceded in death by his parents: Edward and Esther Blaalid, parents-in-law: Donald and Helen Wies, two brothers: Art and Ken Blaalid; sister, Elsie Metz; brother-in-law, Lawrence Metz; three nephews: Douglas and Jeff Blaalid, Derrick Goedeker and Niece Barbie Blaalid.


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23 response to "Dennis Sigurd Blaalid"

  1. By: Norm and Vickie Meester Posted: February 8, 2020

    He will surely be missed. He was well liked by so many people. Our sympathy and prayers to all.

  2. By: Jerry and Joyce Ward Posted: February 8, 2020

    Our thoughts and prayers for the family.

  3. By: Don & Mary Ward Posted: February 8, 2020

    Sandy, So sorry to hear about Dennis. It has been too many years since we last saw everyone. Mary and I are in Arizona and won’t be able to make it there. Our condolences to all the family.

    Don & Mary Ward

  4. By: Larry & Cheryl Pearson Posted: February 9, 2020

    So sorry to hear this. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.

  5. By: Heather Hegge Posted: February 9, 2020

    Sandy, Brian, Katie, Emily, and Kellen,

    I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of Dennis. It was always a pleasure seeing his smiling face at work or around town. He was loved by everyone that knew him. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that he is up in Heaven smiling down on all of you! There wasn’t a kinder or more gentle soul than Dennis! He will be missed by so many! You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with you all!

  6. By: Darren & Charity Hento Posted: February 9, 2020

    We are so sorry for your loss Brian, please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, Charity & Darren

  7. By: Darrell Mahoney Posted: February 9, 2020

    So sorry for your loss thoughts
    and prayers for your family.

  8. By: Kim Lambie Suing Posted: February 9, 2020

    I am so sorry for your loss. I had the privilege of working with Dennis at the hospital and his smile was always a welcome sight. He will be missed

  9. By: Dennis & Donna Johnson Posted: February 9, 2020

    Dennis was such a nice man. I worked for him at the Butcher Block. Such a big heart. Keep you Sandy and your family in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless .

  10. By: Delayna Kenney Posted: February 9, 2020

    I worked with Dennis at HSC several years ago and he was such a good person. He was positive and hard working. I am so very sorry to hear this tragic news.

  11. By: marty keegan Posted: February 10, 2020

    I will miss him dearly. so sorry..

  12. By: Shawna Fiechuk Posted: February 10, 2020

    Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Dennis. His mother was amazing and kind, he surely inherited her qualities, infectious smiles and laughter. Prayers for Sandy and children in these tough days ahead. God has gained another Angel.

    The family of the late Carol Evenson

  13. By: Brooke Goeden Posted: February 10, 2020

    Dear Mrs. Blaalid and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your sudden loss. I was a student of yours at St. Rose many years ago and wanted to give you my sincerest condolences. You and your family are in my prayers.

  14. By: Bob and Tammy Wies Posted: February 10, 2020

    We are sorry to hear of Dennis’ passing. May God give you and your family strength and peace in the days to come.
    “Though you may be walking through the valley of the shadow of death, fear no evil; for God is with you all; His rod and His staff will comfort you” Psalm 23:4 Lean on His everlasting arms!
    Bob and Tammy Wies

  15. By: Eileen Shea Posted: February 10, 2020

    Thinking of Dennis and all of the Blaalid family with love and support. His smiling face, good nature and generous soul touched my mom (Lavonne Gran Shea) and myself many times and I will be forever grateful and blessed through those encounters. I will be with you in spirit tonight, tomorrow and in the days ahead.

  16. By: Mike and Sally Ward Posted: February 10, 2020

    Sandy we are so sorry for your loss .
    Sending are love to you and your family .

  17. By: Brandy Weier Posted: February 10, 2020

    Our deepest sympathy. Dennis will be missed by many, such a genuinely kind man.
    Brandy and Mark Weier

  18. By: Sean Posted: February 10, 2020

    Dennis was a great man. I remember all our black hills /bad lands trips and more importantly I remember how kind of a person he was. Everyone who knew Dennis loved him! I can clearly say he was one of my favorite people I have ever met you will be missed!

    Sean O’Came

  19. By: Mary and Jim DeLozier Posted: February 11, 2020

    Sandy, Brian, Emily, Katie and family, Our most sincere sympathies to all of you. We will always cherish our memories with Denny “Pooh” that go back many many years! He always came with his infectious smile and laugh and loved by everyone that had the privilege to know him. He will be missed. RIP our friend. Till we meet again…Jim and Mary

  20. By: Amy Hall Posted: February 11, 2020

    Dennis was such a kind soul. He had a heart of gold and was always willing to stop and chat. I have enjoyed getting to know him and I know there will be a big hole where he will be missed. I love that picture of him, that was the Dennis smile I will remember. Sandy I am always here for you!!! Sending God’s love for peace!

  21. By: Cindy Jensen Posted: February 11, 2020

    My prayers and sympathy to Dennis’ family. He was a friend to everyone he me and I am thankful that I was one of them.

  22. By: Ken and Mary Ann Posted: February 11, 2020

    We will miss Dennis. He is a person who has left footprints on our heart ♥️ We enjoyed our visits with Dennis, his family and our families. We wish we could have spent more time with him.
    Love 💕 The O’Came Family

  23. By: Jonette Anson Posted: February 12, 2020

    Oh Sandy I am so so sorry about Dennis, he was a great guy and will be missed greatly. My prayers are with you all at this time of sorrow.

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