Dennis LeRoy Lunn was born February 8, 1935, in Swea City, Iowa, the son of John and Lila (Knutson) Lunn. He joined the Air Force at the age of 17, being stationed in Texas, Germany and France receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1956.
Dennis was united in marriage to Erna Heidecker at Stevens, Iowa, on April 24, 1954 and began their journey of 63 years together. Their home was blessed with three children. Throughout the years he owned the Champlin Gas Station in Swea City, farmed and raised cattle and hogs, sold real estate and did crop adjusting. He was a devoted husband and father and always provided for their needs. Dennis loved his family and cherished their visits. From childhood a dog was always a part of his life. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Euchre and Pinochle at home or at the coffee shop. Other past-times included restoring his 1932 and 1939 Chevy, John Deere Tractors, watching the Green Bay Packers, Duke Basketball and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a lifelong member of the VFW, American Legion, St. Paul's and Immanuel Lutheran Churches.
Dennis, 82, was called to his heavenly home on January 10, 2018. He died peacefully at the Mayo Clinic in Mankato, Minnesota.
He is survived by his wife, Erna; children, Janell (Daryl) Cushman; Laura (John) Cox; Kevin (Deb) Lunn; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren: Carey (Chris) Emma and Matthew Venhuizen; Melissa (Patrick) Adelyn and Natalie Bojan; Kristal (Adam) Cam and Ruby Toschak; Christopher (Amy) Winston Cox; Brian (Leeanna) Erik, Caedmon and Linnea Lunn; Sarah Lunn and Laura Ann Lunn. Also surviving are siblings, Beverly Eggerth, Sandy Lunn, Marlys Harmon, Mariam (Ken) Whitehead, Sue (Dale) Vrieze, Robert (Sue) Lunn along with many beloved nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard and Ronald Lunn and Henry Eggerth.
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Sending my deepest sympathy, Erna, and hoping many fond memories will comfort you at this time. Manita Murphy
I am sending my heartfelt sympathy to the family. Denny was special to me. He always asked for chocolate cake. Peace and comfort in the days to follow.
Erna and family, so sorry to hear of Denny's passing. I so enjoyed him each time he would stop at the store. We always had a great visit, and always a few laughs, and of course a candy bar or an ice cream bar. He was a very kind, caring and giving guy who loved his family, community, church, and of course a good game of cards. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Donna Christ.
to the family of Denny--He was a very special guy!! He was also so good to my dad-Paul Christ--went to our church on Lakota for a while--very dedicated in his faith and his family!--so so sorry for your loss--glad to have met him and his family--my sympathies! Sara (Christ) Vriesen
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