Lorin Alcott Dennis


April 22, 1930 - April 12, 2010




Lorin Alcott Dennis was born on April 22, 1930 to Burt and Claudia (Christensen) Dennis at Plankinton, SD.  From the age of eight until he graduated from high school in 1948 he lived at the Odd Fellows Home in Dell Rapids, SD. After high school he joined the Navy.  On June 26, 1953 he married Helen Kuhlhavy.  He served in the US Navy for twenty-three years.  After his retirement in 1974, he moved to Mitchell and worked as a firefighter and an EMT with the Mitchell Fire and Ambulance Department.

On January 1, 1984, he married Dorothy Uttecht.  After his retirement from the Fire Department, they traveled the US and Canada to do mission and repair work with “Roving Volunteers in Christ’s Service” at various Christian organizations.  They completed seventy-six months of volunteer work over sixteen years before health issues forced them to retire.  Lorin loved traveling and motor homing.  He was a member of the Mitchell Wesleyan Church.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; two daughters:  Julie and husband, Scott Phinney of Green Bay, WI, Melanie and husband, Greg Doetzel of Sioux Falls, SD and one son, Andrew Stanger of Minneapolis, MN; three step-daughters:  Paula and husband, Cliff Vanderbush of Rapid City, SD, Brenda and husband, Paul Floren of Sioux Falls, SD and Angela and husband, Jeffrey Leonard of Spearfish, SD; nine grandchildren, nine step-grandchildren, three step-great-grandchildren and his sister, Ellwyn Pritzel of Fayetteville, AR.   He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Bethel Dennis; two daughters, Sarah and Loretta and an infant grandchild.



Thursday, April 15, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, April 16, 2010
10:30 AM
Wesleyan Church
601 North Sanborn
Mitchell, South Dakota


Sunset Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Emma Berg Winter on August 15, 2014
I was in Dennis class of 48, I always wondered why he stayed at the Odd Fellows Home, had his parent died?????He was a very quit person, happy to see he went on to a great life. my E-Mail address mmgranny@sbcglobal.net, would love to hear why??????
Posted by Bill & Dorothy Harper on April 15, 2010
To the Family of Lorin Dennis,

We want to extend each of you our prayers and sympathy in the loss of your husband, father, grand-father and brother.
Lorin has been a blessing and good friend to us since we first met him & Dorothy on an RVICS project in Florida. We know that some day we will meet him again in heaven.
Posted by Wayne Mueller on April 15, 2010
Dear Dorothy and Family members, It was my privilege to have known Lorin for at least thirty years. He will be remembered for his godly character and his genuine concern for other people. He was a very selfless individual who was always willing to be a blessing to someone else. More than once i was the recipient of a breakfast meal or a gift from his hand. I will probably most remember Lorin for his commitment to the men's prayer time on Saturday mornings. Grateful to have known Lorin-Wayne Mueller
Posted by Scott & Vicky Glatt on April 15, 2010
Our prayers are with you. May your wonderful memories help you thru this difficult time.
Posted by Carmen Mueller on April 14, 2010
Dear Dennis Family,
My prayers are with you all during these difficult days of loss. I have so many wonderful memories of times spent at the Dennis house during my middle school and high school years, listening to Lorin's stories and just watching him care for his family with such love and devotion. I know he will be greatly missed, but rejoice with you that he has gone to his heavenly home and is no longer suffering with his infirmities. I can picture him now looking for any odd jobs that need to be cared for, or working away in a garden as he loved to do here on earth!!
Love and prayers ~ Carmen
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