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.