Dennis (Denny) Brian Klapmeier died on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, after a battle with bladder cancer. He managed his illness with strength and grace to the very end and died peacefully in his sleep. He was 77 years old.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1943, in Braham. After graduating from the University of Minnesota School of Agriculture, he joined the U.S. Navy serving his country on the USS Shangri-La Aircraft Carrier. He then attended the St. Paul Barber School and worked as a barber for several years. Throughout his life he pursued other careers in farming, a supervisor at Fingerhut, a forester and an over the road truck driver.

He had many hobbies to include airplanes, tractors, four wheelers, motorcycles, snowmobiles, horses and walking in the field with his dog, Ellie. In addition to his many hobbies, he went on a mission trip to Russia, and most recently completed his goal of traveling to Israel where he spent 10 days.

He was a member of the Color Guard, American Legion Post 201, The Vietnam Veterans of Isanti and the Cattlemen’s Association.

He was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, CherylAnn Irene Smith, on Jan. 28, 1967, at Grace Lutheran Church in Mora.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marsden and Dorothy Klapmeier; brother, David Klapmeier.; and sister-in-law, Linda Fouts.

He is survived by his loving wife, CherylAnn Klapmeier; daughters, Cathy (Bert) Peterson and Kimberly (Darrin) Freetly; grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Heather) Freetly, Todd (Melissa) Clark, Hannah Huff (Jake Brytowski), Braden and Emitt Freetly; great-grandchildren, Kiya, Caysen, Isaiah, Ellcey and Cyenna; sister-in-law Debbie Klapmeier; nieces, Andrea Fix and Lisa (Devin) Wagner; nephew, Jason Klapmeier; many great nieces and nephews; aunt, Donna Smith; first cousins, Sharon (Denny) Holmstrom, Sheila (Jeff) Fagerstrom, Glenda (Steve) Sims, Kirk (Jean) Smith, Kirby (Marsha) Smith and Dean (Cordia) Swenson.

We wish to extend our gratitude to the hospice staff at St Croix Hospice for their wonderful care.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, at Open Arms Church of God, 406 Pine St, Grasston, MN 55030. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

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