Dennis A. Dose

HOLSTEIN – Private family services for Dennis A. Dose, 69, of Holstein will be Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Holstein with the Rev. David A. Hemann and Msgr. Kenneth A. Seifried officiating.

A live video streaming of the funeral mass will be held at Veterans Memorial Hall in Holstein, for the public, followed by a public funeral luncheon at 11 a.m.

Burial will be in the Holstein Cemetery at Holstein, with military rites by American Legion Dessel-Schmidt Post #225 at Holstein.

Visitation will be 4-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26, with a scriptural prayer service at 4 p.m. at Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein. Nicklas D. Jensen Funeral Home in Holstein is in charge of arrangements.

Dennis died Aug. 21, 2020, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines.

Dennis A. Dose was born Jan. 5, 1951, in Danbury to Albert and Regina (Scheer) Dose. He grew up on a farm east of Danbury and attended school in Mapleton.

He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He fervently practiced his faith, instilling strong Christian example to his children and grandchildren.

He never wavered in his belief in the love of the Lord and later joined the Catholic Church after instruction from Fr. David Hemann.

Dennis, known to many as Denny, met the love of his life, Anna Marie "Ann" (Davis) Dose, while roller-skating in Sioux City. They were joined in Holy Matrimony April 20, 1974, and started their life of 46 years together in Holstein.

Denny’s life was enriched as his children married and added grandchildren to his treasure chest of love: Amanda and Jason Bennett of Tea, S.D., Ian and Zowie; Chad and Stacy Dose of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Madelyn, Jacob, Sara and Jonathan; and Brenda and Troy Thams of Albert City, Lydia, Gavin and Wesley.

Denny was a member of the 185th Iowa Air National Guard from 1969-1975 and proud member of American Legion Dessel-Schmidt Post #225 of Holstein. He worked at VT Industries from 1970 through 1976. He then worked for Ida County for 33 years as a maintainer operator, until his retirement in 2012.

He was praised by all of the families on his route. He was known to leave family Christmas with a Santa hat and a smile on his face to open roads for those blocked in. He was talented enough to “walk” his maintainer out of the snowy ditch. We wonder how often he had to practice this skill.

When he wasn’t working, Denny was very busy. He loved woodworking, tractor rides and attending and supporting all of his grandchildren’s activities.

He traveled frequently with his wife, going to Florida, Alaska, Hawaii and Panama Canal, and even enjoyed a hot air balloon ride in Las Vegas.

Denny is survived by his wife, Ann; his children: Amanda (Jason) Bennett, Chad (Stacy) Dose and Brenda (Troy) Thams; and nine grandchildren: Madelyn, Jacob, Ian, Lydia, Zowie, Gavin, Sara, Jonathan and Wesley.

Also surviving are two sisters: Lynet (Phil) Osborne and Lori (Rick) Estes; one sister-in-law, Marlys Dose; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Regina; a brother, Wayne; and a grandchild, Jeremiah.

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