Dennis Leth was born on January 26, 1941 in Lake Crystal, MN to Albert “Slats” and Lucille “Dolly” (Kunst) Leth.
October 8, 1963, Dennis began serving his country with the United States Army, being stationed at Fort Riley, KS. He was honorably discharged on October 7, 1965.
Dennis was united in marriage to the love of his life, JoAnn Marie DeWall on November 3, 1967 in Spencer, IA. They made their home in Hartley, IA where they raised their three children: Bradley, Marcy, and Brian. He was employed for 35 years with Sorenson Farm Drainage out of Hartley, then spent his remaining working years at PSI Pipeline until his retirement.
A standout trip for Dennis was the family vacation they took to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1975. He and JoAnn returned years later with his brother, Ronnie and his wife, Marge. They also enjoyed visiting the cousins in Mankato, MN and going to the casino. In the summer, you could usually find Dennis out in the backyard tending his garden. He was a loyal member of the American Legion Post #288 out of Hartley.
Dennis loved going to the kids’ sporting events and never missed a Special Olympics Event of Brian’s. He was an avid fan of the Iowa Hawkeyes and Minnesota Vikings and enjoyed watching as many of their games as he could along with his sons, grandson, Colby, friends and special buddy, Mike Boever.
On February 12, 2021, Dennis passed away at his home in Hartley with his family at his side. He was 80 years of age.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, JoAnn; children: Bradley (Brenda) Leth, Marcy (Kirby) Hollowell and Brian Leth; grandchildren: Jessica (Tony) Murphy, Janelle (Zak) Schanck, Jason Leth, Zachary (Jaclyn) Hollowell, Colby Hollowell, Cassandra (Derek) Rice; great-grandchildren: Aidan Espland, Jayden Leth, Anakin Schnack, Knoxton Hollowell, Payton Rice, and Paxton Rice; brothers: Richard Leth and Gerald (Susan) Leth; sisters-in-law: Toni DeWall, Jan DeWall, Susie (Dean) Pierce, Elaine Brehmer and Marge Brehmer; brothers-in-law: Gary (Pam) DeWall and Danny “Boone” (Deanna) DeWall.
Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers: Jack Brehmer, Ray Brehmer, Ronnie Brehmer, and Terry Leth; sister, Sally Steffens; sisters-in-law, Pam Leth, Carol Leth and Sylvia Brehmer; brothers-in-law: Alvin Steffens, Terry DeWall, and Dennie DeWall.