Dennis “Denny” Edward Hoelscher was born May 14, 1940, to Walter and Lottie Hoelscher in Rock Rapids, Iowa. He was the youngest of three children. He moved to Lennox, S.D. at 6.
He enjoyed growing up in the small community of Lennox where he attended Lennox Public Schools and met the love of his life, Marilyn Dee Jones.
Denny and Marilyn were married on June 11, 1961 at First English Lutheran Church in Lennox. They were blessed with two sons, Charles “Chuck” and Robert “Rob.”
After high school, Denny worked at the family business, Hoelscher Creamery & Cheese Factory, until it was sold in 1967. For numerous years, he worked as an auto body repair man for various car dealerships in the Sioux Falls, S.D., area. In 1982, Denny opened his own business, Denny’s Paint and Body in Lennox, where he continued to work on cars for over 15 years.
Denny enjoyed many things over the years, including traveling with Marilyn to attend family events across the U.S., rounds of golf at Lenkota, boating on Lake Poinsett and camping with his boys, polishing cars, watching his grandchildren (his pride and joy) grow up, wood carving, volksmarches and drives through his beautiful Black Hills. He was a member of the Community Lutheran Church in Hill City, S.D., and enjoyed summer Sunday evening services at the Rochford Chapel.
In 1998, Denny and Marilyn fulfilled their lifetime dream of moving to the Black Hills, where Denny subsequently worked on the Mickelson Trail and snowmobile trails in the Black Hills for the state of South Dakota as well as at Mt. Rushmore National Memorial. The latter was a highlight of Denny’s life, as he enjoyed meeting and talking to people from all over the world and spending his days outdoors. He continued to work until his health declined due to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in 2000. With the loving care of his wife, he was able to live at home until October of 2015.
Denny died March 10, 2017, at Bella Vista Care Center in Rapid City, S.D. He was 76.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Deanna Krause, of Watertown, S.D.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, of Hill City; sons, Chuck (Becky) Hoelscher of Sioux Falls, and Rob (Malenda) Hoelscher of Pinedale, Wyo; grandchildren, Hannah Hoelscher and her fiancé Don Anding, both of Manayunk, Pa., Aimee (Zane) Peterson of Sioux Falls, Hayden Hoelscher of Brookings, S.D., and Alex Hoelscher of Sioux Falls; great-grandson, Mavick Peterson; brother, Dean Hoelscher of Pierre, S.D.; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of life was held March 12 at Community Lutheran Church in Hill City with Pastor Arley Fadness officiating. Internment at the Lennox Cemetery will occur at a later date.