Dennis Brandon

Dennis Brandon, age 71, of Gayville, South Dakota, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Funeral services will be 10:30 AM on Saturday, January 4, 2020, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, South Dakota with Reverend Jeff Otterman officiating.  Burial will take place in the Gayville Cemetery at a later date.  Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday, January 3, 2020, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are Christopher Heier, Steve Nowak, Tyler Nowak, Wayne Hajek, Travis Dangel, and Randy Brandon.

Dennis Brandon was born November 17, 1948, in Yankton, South Dakota to Irving and Antona (Erickson) Brandon. He grew up in Mission Hill, South Dakota and graduated from Gayville High School in 1967.  He spent his early years working at the gravel pit with his dad. He married Barbara Hames from Crofton, Nebraska on July 17, 1971, and spent 48 years together. He worked as a maintenance man for Morgan Manufacturing, then TCI, worked in construction and then finally at Alumax in Yankton.  Dennis worked at Alumax for over 20 years until his retirement.

Dennis was a strong hardworking man, he could fix and build anything. He built things from the ground up and could tell you what was wrong with your car by a noise. Dennis loved to visit and could make anybody laugh, many appreciated his candidness. He had a softness that children adored. He enjoyed meeting his friends for coffee in the morning, driving his side by side, and site-seeing. Dennis and his wife enjoyed attending Saturday night services at Trinity Lutheran Church. He loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, making sure they were fed and loved. Dennis was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton and former member of Gayville Lutheran Church in Gayville.  He served on the Gayville Town Board for many years as well as a volunteer firefighter.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Brandon of Gayville, South Dakota; two daughters: Angela Heier of Tyndall, South Dakota and Teresa (Steve) Nowak of Gayville; four grandchildren: Christopher Heier, Alexis Heier, Tyler Nowak and Emily Nowak; four great grandchildren: Vivien, Melanie, Aspyn and Brooklyn; four brothers and sisters: Neil (Donna) Brandon of Yankton; Marlys Novak of Brandon, South Dakota; Neoma (Philip) Dangel of Volin, South Dakota and Pearl (Larry) Blodgett of Yankton; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five children: Mary, Jeffrey, Julie and two others in infancy; and three sisters: Beverly Binder, Gloria Brandon and Lorraine Zimmerman.

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12 response to "Dennis Brandon"

  1. By: Judy and Elroy Verplank Posted: January 1, 2020

    Dear Barb and family, We are saddened to hear about Dennis’ passing. We sure liked our fun loving cousin. We will miss him so much. Our hearts go out to you at this time. Please know we are keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Love and Hugs.

  2. By: Nadine Utigard Posted: January 2, 2020

    Deepest condolences from the King/Utigard families. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs to all!!

  3. By: Julie Babcock Posted: January 2, 2020

    Barb, Angie, Teresa, and families… I am saddened to hear of Dennis’ passing. He was always so much fun, always joking around! Loved his sense of humor! He will be greatly missed! Love ❤ you guys! Many hugs to you all!

  4. By: Kathi and Steve Larson Posted: January 2, 2020

    Oh the stories Steve and Dennis could tell from high school, I’m surprised they made it through that period of time! Feel our hugs and love coming from Texas for all of you. Our prayers are with you.

  5. By: Dean and Lori McConnell Posted: January 2, 2020

    Barb, Angie, Theresa and families
    Dean and I are so sorry for your loss of dear Dennis. Dean loved riding to work with Dennis when they worked at Alumax. Ohhh, the stories he would tell when they got home after work 😊. We both also loved going to supper with you two at the Volin bar on so many Fridays. So many great memories. Dennis was a sweet/wonderful guy and will be missed by all. Hugs, love and prayers to you all.

  6. By: Marie Mogck Posted: January 3, 2020

    Our Sympathies, Barb and Family: ( So Sorry to hear of Dennis’s passing.
    May he RIP ! Hugs .

  7. By: Marella Miedema Posted: January 3, 2020

    So sorry to learn of Dennis’ passing. I worked at Alumax when he did and we had a lot of good conversations. Saw him recently at Gayville having coffee with his friends. He was a great guy and employee. Prayers for the family.

  8. By: Louise Mauch Posted: January 3, 2020

    Barb and family, so sorry to hear of Dennis’ passing. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I just know Dan and Dennis are having a great time telling stories one bigger than the next.

  9. By: Barb and Joe Ketter Posted: January 4, 2020

    Barb and family, so saf to hear of the passing of Dennis. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. By: Mike Petersen Posted: January 4, 2020

    Barb and family,
    Sorry to here about Dennis’s passing. He was a great guy and I enjoyed my time with him on the town board. He will be missed.

  11. By: GARY SUING Posted: January 5, 2020

    Barb and family, you have my deepest sympathy and your are in my thoughts and prayers.

  12. By: Karen & Dave Abbott Posted: January 6, 2020

    Dear Barb & family. So sorry to hear of Dennis passing. We are so grateful to have been neighbors and co-workers. So many good memories. He will be missed by many. He was such a good loving family man. Wish we were home to be there for you. Know that you are in our prayers and you get comfort knowing he is in Heaven now

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