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Dennis Claassen

Dennis H. Claassen, age 72, of Mitchell, formerly of Bancroft died February 13, 2012, at his residence in Mitchell.  His funeral service was at 1:00 PM Saturday, February 18th at the Kuhler Funeral Home with burial at the LeSueur Cemetery at Bancroft. 

Dennis H. Claassen was born November 18, 1939, to William and Agnes (Hamen) Claassen on the farm east of Bancroft.  He then moved with his parents and older brother to a farm near Spirit Lake by De Smet.  They later moved to the family farm near Bancroft where he resided with his family until his retirement.

He was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church at Bancroft.  He attended country school near Spirit Lake and finished grade school at Bancroft.  After graduating from the 8th grade, Dennis farmed and raised cattle with his dad and brothers.

Dennis served six years in the South Dakota National Guard.  He took basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and was member of the HHB 2nd Battalion 147th Field Artillery Detachment 1 of Clark.

Following the death of both of his parents in 1977, Dennis assumed the role of main caregiver of his older brother, Jim, for over 25 years.

At the age of 65, Dennis retired from farming due to health reasons and moved to Mitchell where he resided until his death.

Dennis was a quiet and unassuming person who didn’t want to bother anyone.  He took pride in being a farmer, raising crops and livestock, and attending auction sales.  His pride and joy was his John Deere 4430 tractor.  After moving to Mitchell, he enjoyed the “city life” by attending parades, going to McDonald’s, Mitchell Kernel ballgames, and other Corn Palace events, including polka festivals as he loved accordion music.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jim.

Grateful for having shared in his life are one brother, Dean (Vicky) Claassen of Crooks, one sister, Janice (Gary) Jerke of Tripp; two nieces, Lisa Claassen and Heidi (Johnny) Wade; two nephews, Casey Claassen and Kris (Wendy) Jerke; and many cousins.

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